Family Vacation in Wisconsin Dells 2001

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Wabasha Street Caves in Minneapolis

Every year, my entire family takes a vacation together, or everyone that is able to make the trip anyway. Some times a niece or nephew will not make the trip, but most of the time, we are all together on these trips. My mom Carol & step dad Wes will usually pay for the house, or houses we stay in, and the rest of us take care of buying all the food and anything else we need. We also take turns cooking the different meals.

My family consists of, my self, my wife Lena, my children from my first marriage, daughter Courtnie (graduates high school 2008), son Mike (graduates high school 2010) and of course my mom Carol, and step dad Wes.

Then there is my sister (one year younger than me) Chris and her husband Shawn, their now grown kids, Jon & Shanon. Shanon now has a little boy named John, so add one more to that family.

Next, there is my other sister (three years younger than me) Sharon and her husband Bill (best man at our wedding).

American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis
The two children from her first marriage Ashley (now in collage) and Sam (graduates high school 2008) then Bill’s daughter from his first marriage Kayla (graduates high school 2010) and the two kids they had together, Cody and Josh.

Both my sisters and my mom & step dad live here in the Annapolis area, as do thier older children. Are you keeping up with all this?

Now for my step brothers Chris and Dan who are both younger than me. Chris is married and has two children and they live here in Maryland. My other step brother Dan is also married but has no children and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

So, if you do the math, we can have up to 24 people all vacationing and living together, and some times a couple more if the older children bring a friend along.

Enterance to Wollersheim Winery

 

This year our  vacation would take us to Minneapolis, Minnesota, then Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

We flew out of Baltimore (BWI) to Milwaukee, then rented a car and drove to Minneapolis to attend my step brother Dan’s wedding reception. They were married somewhere out of the country just the two of them, and when they returned, they had a reception.

The reception was held at a place called Wabasha Street Cave. This place is so cool! The ceilings and all the doorways are arched and made of stone, as are the walls.

Wollersmiem Winery
There is a small stage at the end of the main room with many tables, and the bar is in a large side room. Dan plays Bass in a band, so they played the music for the evening, with someone sitting in for Dan of course :) They also did a slide show of the two of them growing up, and of their wedding and honeymoon.

While we were in Minneapolis, we all visited the Mall of America. This place is HUGH!!! I think we only saw 1/8 of the place and we were there all day. We spent time at the amusment park inside the mall, as well as the Aquarium which took up a lot of time, but well worth it!

Lena, my kids and I also visisted the The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. My wife being Swedish, we couldn't miss visiting this large historic house/museum. The museum shows how the Swedish immigrates came to the Minneapolis area and settled there making it thier new home. If you are Swedish, or of Swedish descent, this is a must see! 

Here is a link to the American Swedish Institute  http://www.

americanswedishinst.org/ASI/Home.html

After spending two days in Minnesota, it was time to drive to the Wisconsin Dells for a one week stay there. Wisconsin Dells is a town, but it is a tourist town. There are small & large amusment parks, go cart tracks, petting zoos, horseback riding, and resturants every where, and of course they have water parks! Some of the water parks are completly inside, so even during the winter, you can swim in warm comfortable surroundings. The most famous of all the water parks is Noah's Ark, which is where we spent 3 of our 7 days in the Dells. Since this vacation took place before we had a digital camera, I don't have any pictures. Or maybe it was because I was having to much fun to bother to take any pictures! Here is the web site link to Noah's Ark, enjoy. http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/

On one day, Lena, Bill, Wes and I all wanted to go to the Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin for their tour.

Wollersmiem Winery
The winery is a bit of a drive from Wisconsin Dells (about 22 miles) but it was well worth it! Compaired to other wineries in the world, it's a very small winery, but the buildings and grounds are beautiful, and the wine was pretty good too :p  Here is the link to Wollersheim Winery http://www.wollersheim.com/index.html

We also spent part of the day doing the Duck Boat tours. These are boats, but they can drive on land too!

The one-hour, 8.5-mile tour takes you through wooded trails and then into the scenic Wisconsin River for a tour of some spectacular scenery, then back on land for a bit, then into beautiful Lake Delton. There are a couple of "Duck Boat" tours, but this is the one we did and it was great fun! Check them out if you're ever in the Dells. http://www.wisconsinducktours.

com/index.html 

The house we were renting backed to a small lake where we could rent canoes and row boats, so we got one and just beached it in the back yard and used it as we wanted. My daughter and I went fishing a few times, and the nieces and nephews would use it to explore the small lake and it's tree lined coves. After the week was over, it was time to drive back to Milwaukee, turn in the renat car, and get on a plane back to Maryland. This was a fun trip, and there are so many things to do there, I'm sure we'll be back.

 

 

 

marksreynolds says:
Awww, thank you :)
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013
missandrea81 says:
You had no smiles here. I felt bad. :)
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013
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Wabasha Street Caves in Minneapolis
Wabasha Street Caves in Minneapolis
American Swedish Institute in Minn…
American Swedish Institute in Min…
Enterance to Wollersheim Winery
Enterance to Wollersheim Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Wollersmiem Winery
Lena, brohter in law Bill, and ste…
Lena, brohter in law Bill, and st…
Duck Boat tour on the Wisconsin Ri…
Duck Boat tour on the Wisconsin R…
Duck Boat tour on the Wisconsin Ri…
Duck Boat tour on the Wisconsin R…
Duck Boat tour on the Wisconsin Ri…
Duck Boat tour on the Wisconsin R…
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