Thursday, August 20, 2015

Geocaching in Wisconsin & Lake Delavan

My parents joined us one day in July and we took off for Wisconsin to do some geocaches.  I actually had ulterior motives because I wanted to make a stop at a place where my mom and dad rented a cabin for us each summer when I was a kid.  So I planned some geocaches around the area.  The first one was at the site of this 1838 log cabin, out in the middle of nowhere...

Can you imagine a whole family living in this little thing?

Was everyone super short back then or what?  My parents and Louie all stand taller then the top of the door....

I was dying to get inside but unfortunately it was all locked up.  I did find a small knothole that I could peer through tho....

One of my favorite caches of the day was hidden someplace on this wooden bridge.  I'll admit it took us quite a long time to find it.

But we were determined and kept looking, high and low.....

Finally Louie caught sight of something from just the right angle and I was able to make the grab.  My feet may have gotten wet in the process.   Just saying....

Another fun stop was this old water tower in Clinton....

I would have loved to see something like this being built way back then...

I love history like this and thought it was very interesting...

Isn't this cool?  These are the original railroad tracks still in place....

So I had to take the opportunity to "phoon...."

This was another cache we looked high and low for....

Pretty clever.....

Mom and dad found a few.  No old people were harmed in the finding of this tree cache....

We took a very quick dash down this forest path for another cache.  It was mosquito heaven back there.  I didn't even take the time to snap a picture because it was so bad.

Who wouldn't smile at this?

We found a very nice cache here...

And dropped off a travel bug...

I think we did 10 geocaches that day and then headed over to Lake Delavan to check out our old cottage.  This is the original Snug Harbor.  If you look real close you can actually see the cabin name painted underneath the windows.  We loved that place and it was a hugely anticipated vacation every summer.  Those trips were what cemented my life long love of cabins and lakes.  Our current lake house in Kentucky has been named Snug Harbor in honor of those happy memories.  That's me in the white shirt, blue shorts and super short bangs.  What was that haircut all about??  It's also probably the only time in my life that I was taller than both my sisters.  Don't ruin your eyes trying to decipher the date on the side of the photo.  I'll save you the trouble - it was 1965 and just before my 9th birthday.

Here's what the cabin looks like now - they've fixed it up a little and added a small deck.  Snug Harbor now hangs on a sign from the deck.  I was so happy to see that it still had the same name.

I was tickled to see the old shuffleboard courts were still there.  We spent hours playing that game and I loved it.  You never even see that anymore.

Here's a shot of the swimming beach from back then.  It's funny but I don't remember it ever being that crowded.  I love all the sailboats and the old speedboat in the background...

Assembly Hall still looks much the same, altho it's been re-sided.  On Wednesday nights they would have a dance and everyone would show up and socialize.  It was great fun because it was the only time all summer when we didn't have to be home when the street lights came on.  They would open the huge doors, blast music and people would spill out onto the street, talking and laughing.  I specifically remember dancing the Mexican Hat Dance.  It was also where I practiced doing "The Twist."  I still do a mean Twist and every time I do, it takes me back to those hot summer evenings under the stars of a Wisconsin sky.

Those are great memories and it was fun to go back and drive through the place.  What memories do you have from summer vacation when you were a kid?


  1. What wonderful memories! I'm so glad you shared them with us! So Snug Harbor this is the reason for the name. I love it and the fun you and your sweet family have.

    1. Wonderful memories Dolly. It's probably why summer is my favorite time of year. All my life I've spent summer time at a lake cabin with the people I love.

  2. Nice series - looks like you had fun.

    1. Yes and the magic continues because we still spend our summers on the lake - different lake, but still with family.

  3. Oh Kim....what a great post!!! I love all the cache pictures of you guys.
    Your stroll down memory lane put a smile on my face. I could feel the joy in your heart through your words. So glad you had such a great time!
    Love ya toots.

    1. Thanks Debbie - I know that you share the same feelings when your kids and grandkids visit you at your lakehouse. It's a special feeling, isn't it? xo

  4. Fun post! Love the "old" pictures. A lot of girls had the super short bangs back then (probably thanks to mothers).

    1. Yeah, I always had short hair when I was a kid - easier for mom to take care of I guess.

  5. How fun to return to you childhood summer cabin. Looks like a lot of good memories were made there!

  6. I love old places and historical buildings! I completely enjoyed your post and your memories. It was fun to see your old photos against the new ones!

    1. I like seeing the comparison photos too. I wish I would have thought to take one at the beach too.

  7. Wow, that doesn't look like the same cabin! That's pretty neat y'all were able to return to something/someplace that held so many treasured memories.

    I've no similar reference points ... but gotta say I love your nifty blue tennis shoes!

    1. Thanks Myra - those are the best gym shoes I've ever had - Nikes - that I bought on sale. I usually don't splurge on something like that, but in this case,it was a great decision.

  8. I love the way you combine geocaching with family trips like this. What great memories the original Snug Harbor has for you.

  9. Hi Kim! :)
    It was fun going on this mini trip with you and loved looking at the old photos, that old beach photo is really neat, and it is funny what remember as a kid!
    Really special memories to make with your family...I loved the 'no old people were harmed by the tree'...he he he...although your parents do not look old to me, they look pretty young! ;)


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