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Being Explorers in Kegonsa State Park and Stoughton, Wisconsin!

Hi Everyone!
A fantastic clear day to explore the local haunts just before we get our first taste of those mid-western storms you hear about on TV. It was a 40 minute doozy for sure! Limbs down, debris everywhere and then, just like that, the sun was back out for the evening stroll!!!

Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

We started the day at Kegonsa State Park, right down the street! A wonderful mix of forest, prairie and wetlands!

Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

Run for the water!!! The park has a designated dog swim area….did they know we were coming??? After a sunny prairie walk, it was just what we needed!!!

Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, Wisconsin photoThe water was really churning even though it wasn’t all that windy! Lake Kegonsa is no small affair at 3,209 acres and more than 30 feet deep! Come back…Gracie!!!

Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

It is unusual to see 3 distinct landscapes so close together but we appreciate the variety on this fine day!

Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

Cooled off and building up an appetite, we head out toward town!

Historic Downtown Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

So, I mentioned the Norwegian influence of this area and here you can get a sampling of the settlement of the Norwegian heritage in this mural! Even today, the town celebrates Syttende Mai, the Norwegian constitution day! The T.G. Mandt Wagon Factory was a draw for many of the Norwegian immigrants to this area. It is rumored the the coffee break was established here…yes, the folks at Mt. Rushmore make the same claim….who’s to really know!

Historic Downtown Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

Adorable little town celebrating both American and Norwegian heritage…and the coffee break with a festival every summer that combines all three!

Historic Downtown Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

I’ve been waiting for these cheese shops and they do not disappoint….cheese, cheese and more cheese!!!

Cheese!! Historic Downtown Stoughton, Wisconsin photo

If you like cheese (we ladies sure do!), Wisconsin is the place for you! We grabbed some garlic-rosemary curds and promptly ate them all in the car!!! Delish!

Sand Hill Cranes Viking Villlage Campground photo

After the crazy storm, we head out to chase rainbows but found these Sand Hill Cranes instead! Apparently, this couple calls this place home too! Cannot say I blame them, this rural area is a bird oasis!

Thinking we will visit the capital city of Madison tomorrow…..stay tuned….
Xxoo

-Heidi

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