In the North Woods
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Those of you who were nice enough to read my last USA blog will know how special this place is to me.
Back in 1998, when I first visited, I was totally overhwhelmed with the beauty of the North Woods.
What made it even more special was the two people I was going to visit - without which - the entire journey wouldnt have been happening.
I made a promise to return and I fulfilled that promise only 2 years later.
When I went for Christmas in 2000 I had no idea when I would return. I never thought it would take another 8 years. So this time I was glad to be able see it, for the first time, in summer. Ed & Pat are now getting on in years and have had their fair share of troubles in the recent times. It was extremely important to me that I got to see them and as I said previously, without them, my father would never have found who his real father was.
Unfortunately, I only had 3 days in Wisconsin but I made it count. Landing in Chicago on Sunday evening I began what was meant to be a 6hour journey north in my shiny big new Dodge Charger. It was a beauty to drive and not a single person overtook me the whole way! I sat well above the speed limit.. an unfortunate habit of living in Europe... and I loved it! Massive flooding had washed out whole sections of the interstate so I had a busy nite with detours and arrived at Ed & Pat's place at around 1am.
They were all waiting for me. It was wonderful to be back!
Over the next days I was kept busy and revelled in the crisp fresh woods air and the nature that abounds. I also love tinkering around their house which is literally packed with trinkets, souvenirs, crafts and collections from a full and interesting life that has been well spent.
Ed's son-in-law and grandchildren were also kind enough to arrange a kayaking trip for me. We paddled about 8 miles through a gorgeous section of the land and I saw otters, beaver dams, egrets, heron, deer, ducks, THREE bald eagles, and even caught a bass! It was the all american experience! I loved it.
I also had many great meals, including a wonderful dinner at the Little Bohemia restaurant Inn. It's famous for being the location that fugitive 'Robin Hood' figure: John Dillinger, managed to slip away from a young J Edgar Hoover. A recent movie had just finished being made about it and Johnny Depp is playing Dillinger!
Manitowish Waters is the sort of town where everyone knows everyone.
That night I went to the pub to find that every young girl in town had been invited down to check out this 'aussie guy' who happened to be visiting! It was like something straight out of the movie Love Actually.
I managed to pull myself away from the scene and back to Ed's to sleep... and contemplate with amusement, the amazing situations that have been opened up to me as a consequence of my travelling lifestyle.
The only bad thing I could say about my entire stay here, was the mosquitoes. They were the size of small helicopters and I think I must have donated about a gallon of blood to the local mozzie population during my stay there.
Unfortunately, I had to leave this wonderful place after only 3 short days, and it broke my heart to do so. There were many tears.
But I promised once more to return, and I always hold my promises....