Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hiking In Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin

My husband and I recently met up with our kids at Devil's Lake State Park for a weekend get-together.   Devil's Lake is a good halfway distance for both of us, and it is such a pretty park to hike, especially in the fall.

On this day, we hiked two trails:  the West Bluff Trail and the Tumbling Rock Trail.  First I'll show you the West Bluff Trail.

The West Bluff Trail is a medium effort trail that is 1.5 miles long.  If you start on the south end, like we did, it is quite a long steep climb up, but once your at the top, the trail is level for quite some distance and you enjoy gorgeous views like this till it's time to head back down.

Devil's Lake State Park is known for it's gorgeous bluffs which surround Devil's Lake.  This is such a beautiful lake.  You can rent boats at the park to take out onto the lake.  There is also a nice swimming beach.

There are several beautiful look out spots on the West Bluff Trail where you can see for miles!

It was a cold, cloudy, dreary day on the day we were there, but it did little to damper our spirits.  We enjoyed just being together again and loved being out in nature.

The foliage on the trees was not vibrant yet, my guess is they were only 25% color.  That was disappointing, but it was still pretty!

The picture below shows the swimming beach.  The large pavilion is where you can rent boats.  They also have a nice restaurant, gift shop, and a great coffee bar!  It was wonderful to be able to get a hot vanilla latte after a long hike on a chilly day.  I said to my husband "This is the only Wisconsin state park where one can buy a great vanilla latte!".

These are my beautiful children, Ashley and Jordan.

And this is my handsome son-in-law Jason with our granddaughter Alethea.  She was such a good girl!  She rode on daddy's back half the day with little complaining.  She even fell asleep once!  She preferred me to always hike in front of them so she could see me.  She kept leaning over, peeking over Jason's back and saying "Hi!" to me.  She's such a cutie!

 We took advantage of the beautiful scenery to take lots of family photos!

The West Bluff Trail is a one-way trail.  The best way to get back is to take the Tumbling Rocks Trail.  This is a easy, level, .8 mile asphalt trail that winds through large quartzite boulders along the lake shore.  It's one of my favorite trails because the boulders are just amazing and I love the gorgeous lake views. 

We did stop on this trail and rest awhile and fueled up on some healthy snacks.

As I said earlier, the boulders on this trail is amazing.  It is such a fascinating trail.  They definitely gave it the right name, for all these boulders "tumbled" down the hill and came to a sudden stop.  They then created a trail through the boulders.  It's such a surreal feeling hiking this trail, you feel surrounded by rock.  It's fun to climb the rocks too.

After we finished this trail, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the beach.  We were planning on going on the East Bluff trail next, but we weren't sure Alethea was up to hanging out on dad's back for a few more hours.  Plus, it got colder and we all thought some time spent in a hot tub was a good idea;  so, we headed to Wisconsin Dells for our hotel instead!  But, more on that next week!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Colorful Blessings Friendship Card

I have another Colorful Blessings card to share with you today.  This one is a friendship card with cute little owls.

 To make this card no stamping was involved.  I used a card front from the Colorful Blessings set available on Amazon.  All I had to do was color it  and adhere it to a piece of white card stock to frame it, then I attached it to a coral card base.

I colored the image with Kaiser Gel Pens.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Stitch Fix #21: Tie Neck Peasant Top

Yea,  I am back with a fashion post!   For those that didn't notice me missing, my DSLR broke and I had to send it to the manufacturer for repairs.  They did a great job, and it is working perfectly now.  It was still under warranty, so the only cost I had to pay for was shipping and insurance one way.  I got my camera back just in time for a weekend getaway to the Wisconsin Dells with the kids;  which I will share on Wednesday's travel post.  

For my very first fashion post since my hiatus, I am excited to share the first item from my 21st Stitch Fix Box:  this unique and pretty top.  As I write this post, I'm still deciding what to keep and what to send back.  This top is a definite keeper and was my absolute favorite piece in the Fix.  The rest, I'm still thinking about.  

The top is by Skies Are Blue and is called "Finnie Tie Neck Peasant Top".  I am wearing a size Medium.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this top!  It is so unique!  It reminds me of something I'd find abroad on vacation.  I'd never find a top like this in any stores in my neck of the woods, and that's one of the main reasons I do Stitch Fix:  to find items unavailable in my local mall.

I really like the fit and cut.  It's loose in the waist with a peplum bottom.  It has cute belle sleeves.  I love the print above the flare in the sleeves.

I chose the mustard yellow bag (old) because I thought it went with the gold in the top.  But for whatever reason, the purse photographed a lighter yellow.  I wore this dull gold bracelet to again bring out the gold in the top.

In addition to the pretty print, the top also has burgundy embroidery down the front and a tie neck line.

The colors in this top are so pretty for fall.  I think it will look really pretty in winter with a cardigan too.

For shoes I went with my burgundy suede booties from DSW (old, but still available HERE).

There's so many different colors in this top, I could have worn it with several different bottoms, but ultimately I decided to go with these medium blue skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe (old).

 So what do you think?  Do you love this top as much as I do?  I'd love to hear from you!

If you always wanted to try Stitch Fix but haven't made the leap, use my referral code HERE to save $25.00 off your first box!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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