As we headed out of La Crosse I made mental notes summing up our Wisconsin experience with a number of "W"s:
We left the wind and rain (as well as the tolls) behind in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. We had glorious summer both around Green Bay and in La Crosse.
Laura Ingalls Wilder is well-loved in this part of the country and we were charmed by our afternoon at Laura Days.
Seeing bald eagles resting in trees and flying over the Mississippi was exciting for these two avid bird wathers.
What a river! The mighty Mississippi should be ranked among the wonders of the western world. Makes me want to take a Mississippi cruise or at least a land cruise along her banks. No wonder Mark Twain loved her and sang her praises. With Lake Michigan and Green Bay in the east and the river in the west, Wisconsin really is a water lover's paradise. And we saw plenty of evidence of it with the boaters, bathers, and water-skiers. It was especially fun to see the children in tubes being pulled behind a boat.
What a great place to go on pilgrimage! Our Blessed Lady watches over the state from east to west inviting all to a closer walk with her Son. We saw many pro-life billboards as we drove across the state.
First glimpse of fall color, blue spruce and other evergreens everywhere, Christmas tree farms, giant silos, Green Bay Packers fans, impressive bluffs and scenic rides, a fabulous four days in America's dairyland!