Wisconsin Territory ❄
SomeoneLikeYou Sunday, January 4, 2015
I'm sure you all know because I said it a million times, but I was up in Wisconsin for five days last week with my boyfriend's family! Ryan's mother comes from a very small, very cold Northern Wisconsin town with a population of 375. Once a year or so, they go up and visit his grandfather and aunts and uncles who still live there, and this year they were kind enough to invite me along!
I didn't really know what to expect to be honest. I'd heard so many stories about life up there but they were just too hard to believe I thought they were fabricated. His grandfather hand feeding turkeys and deer every morning...there being literally NOTHING around...that his uncle had raised a bear...that his grandfather logs still at 74 years old & cut all the wood and built his own house. And just too many more outrageous things that I thought had to be an exaggeration. I got to see first hand for myself though how seriously true it all was.
We took a 12 hour drive up to this itty, bitty town google maps almost misses. The downtown is literally a barbor shop, feed store, restauraunt, and church and that's about it....It gets so cold, they can't use salt, so they use saw dust. I just couldn't pick my jaw up when we got there. The SNOW. I've never seen so much beautiful, untouched, magical snow. But boy, oh boy was it cold. It would get down to -18 degrees at night, and usually not above 0 during the day. The cold didn't stop us though, and Ryan showed me this whole new world that was so different that my own here in Ohio and all the ones I've discovered in Europe. Just the beauty of rural America is breathtaking. We spent our time exploring all bundled up (so much we almost couldn't move!), sledding, and even snowmobiling. The safety freak I am I was definitely cautious, but it ended up being amazing and fun; I'm so glad I got to try it.
In between the adventures, we relaxed with home made quilts warmed up and hot chocolate, an watched movies + game shows. Oh, and can I mention I had pancakes every day? You could say I missed them a little bit when I was in Europe and they sure had the best I've ever had up North.
It was just so amazing to see this part of Ryan's life and get to learn more about his family and where he comes from. His family was so gracious to welcome me into their Christmas celebrations and into their home. I was especially blown away when his grandfather gifted me a hand made wooden clock! Meant so much to me. I feel like such a lucky gal. x
With much love, Lauren.