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A Warm Wisconsin Welcome! Wisconsin Dells and Devil’s Lake State Park are the Welcome Wagon!

Hi There!
Tried to get a good sampling of the Wisconsin Dells area on our quick stop today! “The Dells” as it’s known, is the Waterpark Capital of the World! Ok. Weird. But when you venture into town you can quickly see why….Water Parks and Amusement Parks everywhere!!!!

Downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin photo

A very popular tourist destination as you can literally be entertained one way or another for miles!
Theme parks are not our thing but the city is named after rock formations in the river gorge that runs parallel to town. More our speed, we wanted to jump out for a stroll and some photos but the parking situation was a little hectic so we will have to save it for next time!

Downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin photoThe downtown area is tourist heaven and filled with fun stores, museums of all kinds, foods galore (lots of dairy based treats since we are in “America’s Dairyland”. Ordinarily, we would have been right in the thick of this type of area but the autumn celebration “Wo-Zha-Wa Days” is in full swing and the place was packed. The celebration is on honor of the parks closing for the winter and for the locals to embrace downtime and the quiet of winter! Hilarious!!

Devil's Lake State Park, Barbaboo, Wisconsin photoNext stop, Devil’s Lake State Park! The largest state park in Wisconsin and arguably its most popular! The 360 acre lake, formed by the last ice age and is rumored to have a bottom made of sand deposited by glaciers! The surrounding Baraboo Hills are much older at 1.6 billion years and were once part of a range that was supposedly taller than the Rocky Mountains!!! WOW!

Devil's Lake State Park, Barbaboo, Wisconsin photoFamous for the 500 ft Quartzite cliffs…we had to get up there and take a peek! Impressive!!!

Devil's Lake State Park, Barbaboo, Wisconsin photoWe enjoyed our time up here but it quickly became crowded. With the rocky terrain and increasing visitors we decided to head back down for some quality dog swimming!! And take in the view from below. Family fun everywhere with people swimming (brrr) and concessions it is easy to see why this park is so popular.

Devil's Lake State Park, Barbaboo, Wisconsin photoCheck out the sailboat for the scale of this hike!!!

Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin photoThe quieter and less popular Mirror Lake State Park was on our way home so we stopped in for a quick jaunt!

Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin photoSerene and beautiful!

Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin photoLiving up to it’s namesake of Mirror Lake. Missing the grandeur of Devil’s Lake, Mirror Lake doesn’t have the crowds or noise so we felt we were able to enjoy ourselves just a bit more!

A nice day!!!
Tomorrow Madison….stay tuned!!!

Xxoo

-Heidi

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