Fall Color Tour 2014- Baraboo Area


Our travels had us all over Wisconsin this year, but we didn’t make it up to Baraboo the whole summer. We finally made it for fall. We knew it wasn’t peak yet but still knew we would find some bright colors since the trees don’t all change at once. We had to leave the house at dawn to get an errand done in north Sun Prairie and caught a beautiful sunrise there. I think sunrises in fall are the prettiest!

Sun Prairie Sunrise Corn Harvest

Our errand done, we headed toward Baraboo, the farmers were up and harvesting their crops by the time we got on the road. Here is a shot from the window of harvesting corn, probably field corn for the animals. We  approached  Portage and saw Cascade Mountain on the other side of the highway. We remembered our visit there last winter and hoped to go there this upcoming winter.

Cascade Mountain in Portage

Country house in Baraboo


Baraboo Hills house

Cabin in the woods

We saw many country scenes like these on the way. We had reached the Baraboo Hills and saw an explosion of color!

Fall trees in Baraboo


Our first stop was Ski-Hi Fruit Farm, now open for the season with apples and other fall produce. You can’t miss the Apple sign guiding you there from highway 12.  We got there in time to see them sorting and bagging apples for sale. We bought a bag of Courtland apples.


Ski-Hi Fruit Farm

Apple processing at Ski-Hi in Baraboo

The colors were brilliant in the hills near the orchard.

Ski-Hi Fruit Farm fall view

Baraboo Hill fall color


We headed out, turning right toward Devil’s Lake State Park. What a view!

Country road in Baraboo


We decide to visit the North Shore first, there is often brilliant color in this area. We weren’t disappointed!

Devil's Lake sign


Orange tree at Devil's lake

Trees at Devil's Lake in Baraboo

We walked around to near the other shelter and boat launch area, what a view of the west bluff side of the lake.

Al and Laurie joined pic DL

Devil's Lake lodge

After exploring here, we went hiking at nearby Steinke Basin, one of our favorite hikes that is fairly flat and beautiful. It is outlined in green. Bright colors here too.

Steinke Basin Trails

Steinke Basin fall color


We call this “The Enchanted Forest” because it is so beautiful.

Enchanted Forest at Steinke Basin

 We wind our way back towards our car after such an enjoyable hike at one of our favorite state parks.

Fall Color at Steinke Basin at Devil's Lake

Fall color at Steinke Basin


We enjoyed our outing and have enjoyed coming here all seasons of the year.

Delafield – One Day is Not Enough

3-1-12 & 9-23-14

Delafield sign

Delafield is a scenic community of 7,000 in Waukesha county 53 miles east of Madison on the shores of Nagawicka lake.

Lake Nagawicka in Delafield

We had not been here for two years and it was time to see more of the city during a beautiful time of year.  The first stop was the Chamber of Commerce to get information about the city.

Delafield Chamber of Commerce



The chamber is within sight of the Fish Hatchery building with an interesting history.

Delafield Fish HatcheryDelafield Fish Hatchery marker

 The hatchery is also next to the beautiful Veterans Memorial Riverwalk honoring all veterans. It is a 3/4 mile path partially along St. John’s Pond.

Veterans Memorial Riverwalk  headstone

St. John's Pond in Delafield


There are many historic sites and buildings in Delafield, one close to here is Hawk’s Inn at 426 Well’s St., built in 1846.  It was moved there in 1960 when it was going to be burned as a fire department exercise.  It was once a busy stagecoach stop, now a museum open May-October. Also on site is a historic marker.

Hawk's Inn in DelafieldHawk's Inn marker

Just behind the Hawk’s Inn on the hill is the historic Delafield Hotel.

Delafield Motel


C A Designs downtown is in what used to be the Dance Hall for Hawk’s Inn.  All information about Hawk’s Inn and this building provided by the Hawk’s Inn Historical Society.

C A Designs in Delafield


Aeva Wedding and Party is in a 1868 Presbyterian church building.

Auva Wedding and Party in Delafield

 Part of the charm of Delafield is the building design in the historic downtown. The design is Colonial Williamsburg, a place we hope to get to someday.  And we have enjoyed the diversity of businesses both downtown and in other areas of the city. This is Clock Tower Square.

Downtown Delafield

 The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a delightful place for sweet treats.

Daybreak Mobile in Delafield

The gas station downtown even has style! This is Daybreak Mobile across from Clock Tower Square. The pumps are BEHIND the station therefore preserving the street view. At the edge of town is The Montage.

The Montage in Delafield

We head up the street to St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy to see their historic buildings. The first one is the Church of St. John Chrysotom, known as “The Little Red Church on the Hill”, dating back to 1851.  The style of this church is “Carpenter Gothic”. The builders re-created the style of the stone churches in England using oak trees from the shore of Okauchee Lake.  Bell tower is a separate structure. The church still holds weekly services.

Little Red Church

Bell tower at Red Church in Delafield

East Gate Entrance at. St. John's in Delafield

 We go through the East  entrance and ahead of us is the Beacon, a monument dedicated to the founder of St. John’s.  A guide took us on a tour and he told us the light inside always is on. The legend circulated amongst the students, school is cancelled for the day if the light is dark. He said classes still go on if the light is out, LOL!

The Beacon

 We could hear music, it turns out the choir in the chapel were practicing for Veteran’s Day. Let’s listen to them sing “The National Anthem” while viewing  other buildings on the campus.

We thanked our guide for the campus tour and continued on.

We have enjoyed food at three places in Delafield. For great bread, the Great Harvest Bread Co. They even let you try samples before buying.


Great Harvest Bread Company  in Delafield

Great Harvest Bread Company in Delafield

 Also Revere’s Wells St. Tavern in 2012, great food there too!



On our visit this year we enjoyed a great lunch at Delafield Brewhaus. That is just a few of many places in Delafield to dine.

Delafield Brewhaus

 Our last stop on our 2nd visit was to a great lookout at Lapham Peak State Park. What a great view! We could see Lake Nagawicka and even Holy Hill over 20 miles away. We were over 1,200 feet high!

Lapham Peak sign

Lapham Peak marker


Plaque near lookout tower on a large rock. Also the tower itself.

Lapham Peak plaque


The view from the top, all the way to Hubertus!

Lapham Peak tower

Holy Hill From Lapham Peak in Delafield

Delafield has it all! One day is not enough and we plan on coming back again soon!

Delafield lamp post banner

Green County Historical Museum in Monroe – Part 3

9-21-14 Green County Historical Museum

We missed going to this museum last year when we were visiting, and it happened to be open during Cheese Days, so we stopped in.  Admission is $2 for adults, but Al got in for free because he has a mustache. They were celebrating their new display of mustache cups on display for the 2014 season.

Green County Historical Museum

A history of this former church.

Monroe Universalist Church history

Mustache cups

Mustache cups in Monroe

 The museum has a great many Green county and Monroe artifacts for viewing.

Green County Museum inside in Monroe

You can see the Standard Oil Red Crown gas pump globe that was once at a Standard gas station in Monroe. It was restored and is working again!

Standard Oil Red Crown pump globe

 Another artifact that was  also working that was a great surprise, an Edison cylinder phonograph with a 1910 recording of “The Old Folks at Home” (Swanee River).  Our guide played it for us, thanks!

Here is a kitchen display.

Green County Museum kitchen display

A vintage cash register, still looks great!

Cash register at Green County Museum

Cheese Days has been a big tradition in Monroe for 100 years. they had on display the 45 produced in 1967. It remains the official theme to this day. Listen to it here, with a slide show of this year’s festivities.

Cheese Days in Monroe song

We went to the 2nd floor for more displays in the former church.  On the way up were antique record players, including the Edison cylinder record player.  Also a sleigh.

Sleigh at Green County Museum

On the 2nd floor, wow! The stained glass windows were gorgeous!  We were told that each window piece was carefully removed and cleaned and re-assembled. Hard work but the results show!

Round Stained glass Window 1Round Stained glass Window 2

Very realistic Swiss wood sculptures on display.

Swiss Wood sculptures in Monroe

After touring the inside of the museum, we saw the one-room Bethel schoolhouse right next to it. The school was in use in 1906. By 1970 it was moved next to the museum and restored.

Bethel School in Monroe

Bethel School inside in Monroe

At the end of our tour we got a book, “The Story of Monroe- Its Past and It’s Progress Toward the Present” for the Cheese Days special price of $5. What a great addition to our Wisconsin history reference books!

The Story of Monroe book

What a great tour! Monroe lives up to its slogan, this friendly community keeps you coming back!

Monroe sign