The Dells and drained Lake Delton
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I spent the weekend in Wisconsin Dells with some of my girlfriends scrapbooking and fundraising for Walk for the Cure. Our gathering was called Crop for a Cure and was put on by the Boobylicious Babes that were trying to put a dent in their $6000+ dollars they needed to participate in the three day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer. These wonderful women had recently lost people close to them to this disease and we were happy to help them raise money. Plus we all got to spend a 4-day weekend scrapbooking and gossiping! They put on a garage sale, spaghetti dinner and silent auction, plus they got a discount on the house rental. They raised nearly $1000! Way to go girls!
We spent most of the weekend scrapbooking at the house, but I popped out for a family reunion in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Lake Delton was a man made lake created by a dam. Recent heavy rains in June 2008 caused one wall of the lake between the lake and the Wisconsin River to weaken and the lake flowed through into the Wisconsin River washing out a highway and draining Lake Delton. Some homes were damaged in the flood but no one was hurt. There are numerous homes and some nice resorts on the lake that now have a view of a big puddle instead. The Tommy Bartlett Show performed on the lake - they are a fun waterski, airplane acrobatics and stage performer show. Its pretty entertaining, but now they have no lake to perform on. The lake remains drained 2 months later, but there are plans to fix the washout and re-fill the lake.
We drove through the town on Monday and it was a lot less hectic than on the weekend. We saw many of the hotel resorts with their own water parks and the go cart place I visited a few years back - the one with the big Trojan Horse that I got dizzy on from driving in circles. The Dells really is a fun place to visit - mostly if you like water slides, but I would recommend coming during the week.