Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wisconsin Dells: The Good, The Bad, The Cheesy

Our trip to the Dell's was spurred by a wedding in Wisconsin just a short jaunt away. And why not? While one of us had been as a kid, the other hadn't ever been. So with that we headed off. 

Our first stop? Taliesin. Frank Lloyd Wright for the win! One of Chunk's favorites. Technically we didn't visit, we just observed what we could from the outside and ate brunch at the cafe. 

Image via Taliesin
We then headed off to the Dells. Our first night we stayed in Baraboo not really knowing where to find a budget friendly hotel. We took the Original Ducks Tour on the river and had dinner at the ridiculously busy Moosejaw restaurant. The tour was great, minus the annoying, screaming kids behind us (do we sound like old folks yet?). 

We also checked out Tommy Barlett's Exploratory! Totally cool. A bit dated, but still really neat. It's a shame that more people weren't there (but lucky for us!).

After moving to Monaco Motel on the strip and breakfast at Mr. Pancake Monday morning, we headed to the Upper Dells Tour. The Upper Dells tour was more enjoyable (for us at least) than the regular tour. We got to stop at this cool area called the Witches Gulch, and we saw the famous dog jumping to Stand Rock. A 47 ft. column that H.H. Bennett photographed many times as his son jumped the chasm for him in order to capture motion.

Chunk's photo from 2013. Check out that dog!
H.H. Bennett's photo from 1886. Amazing!

Tuesday we headed to Chula Vista resort since our awesome motel gave us free waterpark passes. Unfortunately the water park was not too exciting, and actually pretty small and confusing. Instead we had lunch and headed to the famed Noah's Ark water park. We lazed about in the lazy river and enjoyed a ride in the Dark Voyage....however, we've decided that we have become water park snobs. Efficiency was severely lacking, it seemed to be under construction due to weird fencing, and the employees appeared unhappy. We definitely prefer the Disney water parks in Orlando (see our old post). 

For our last dinner we went to Sprecher's, and enjoyed some beers, good food and an amazing hard root beer float!

Anyway, we're now in Madison, relaxing at a friend's house. Here's to you and yours! Happy adventuring!


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