Summer Recap

(I apologize that this post is a day late. I ran out of time yesterday to finish it!)

The school year starts in less than a week and the summer is coming close to an end. I’m okay with that though. I absolutely adore autumn, and I’m just not a huge summer fan. But that said, I had an amazing summer this year — probably the best summer I’ve had. I saw so many new sights, visited cool places, and hung out with insanely awesome people. So here’s my summer recap of all the places I visited this summer!

And oh boy, I feel like I visited a lot of places! And I took a ton of pictures, way too many to share here. But I’ll share some of them because I’m really happy with how most of them turned out. (Note: some of the pictures were taken on my phone and some were taken on my camera, which is why the quality may not look the same.)

Milwaukee

Milwaukee Art Museum

I’ve been to Milwaukee before but I had never been to the art museum there. Unfortunately, when I went there, all the permanent exhibits were closed for remodeling, so there wasn’t much to see. However, I didn’t go down there specifically to see the art museum. I actually went down there with my sister and a friend to see Imagine Dragons in concert. And AHHHHHH they were so amazing live!!!

Imagine Dragons Concert

Like wow. They are so talented and humble and their music rocks and I’m convinced that this is what Heaven sounds like. My eardrums approve.

Ireland

Ireland

OMG Where do I begin with Ireland?!?! First off, I can’t believe I finally traveled to a different country. It was my first time being out of the U.S.! And I’m so happy that Ireland was the place I got to visit. I absolutely loved it there! I spent about a week and a half traveling all over the country with a church group, but I wish I could’ve stayed there even longer. There were so many places that I wanted to explore more!

Because I saw/did so much in Ireland here’s a list of things that I loved about the country:

  • The scenery! GOOD GRAVY everything was so green and blue and hilly and it was just so picturesque.
  • The ruins! There were ruins everywhere. Like, you’d just be driving down the highway and our tour guide would be like, “Oh yeah, and there’s a watchtower dating back to the 11th century. And on your right is a castle owned by King So-and-so and there was a big battle there so that’s cool.” It was just so fascinating because we have nothing like that here in the U.S. Ruins
  • The people! I’ve always heard that the Irish are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and I totally believe that. Maybe it’s their accents that make them sound so nice but I barely had any interactions with rude people while I was over there!
  • The towns! All the tiny villages are so clean and tidy! Dublin was a little crazy, but all the smaller towns we visited were so quaint and welcoming! I loved it!
  • The cathedrals! We saw soooo many cathedrals and churches, both Catholic and Anglican! All of them are magnificent and breathtaking!Far
  • The music! IRISH MUSIC IS SO MUCH FUN.
  • The food and drink! I liked the food because it wasn’t anything super crazy. It was basically just meat and potatoes and I love potatoes so I was totally okay with that (though by the end of the trip I was kinda sick of having potatoes at every supper). And the legal drinking age over there is 18 so I COULD LEGALLY DRINK HOLLA HOLLA. Except that I tried Guiness and did not like it and that’s basically all that they drink over there so yeah. I did try Baileys Irish Coffee and IT WAS DELICIOUS.

I would love to go back to Ireland some day. I loved it, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit it this year!

Look! I found my name in Blarney!
Look! I found my name in Blarney!

Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil's Lake

Devil’s Lake State Park is a gorgeous area in southern Wisconsin. I was there last fall for a brief time, but I didn’t get to really do anything because it was cold and we only had a couple hours to look around. This time though, I was invited to go camping at the park with some friends. We ended up hiking all the way around the lake (which is about six miles) on rough, difficult trails. It even started pouring on us when we were hiking the most treacherous path, so that was exciting. The next day we then hiked to a small waterfall and went kayaking on the lake. I felt so adventurous.

Mississippi River

sunset over miss river

My mom, sister, and I spent a couple days checking out the towns in Wisconsin/Minnesota along the Mississippi River. We did some shopping, saw some cool scenery, and stayed in the Cat Suite at a hotel (and let me tell you, that was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen). We ended our little vacation with a relaxing dinner cruise up the river.

Northern Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula 

LakeOur family has a camper parked up in northern Wisconsin, right along the border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. My sister and I just went up there this past week for a few days. We didn’t have great weather, but we still enjoyed kayaking (though I had a giant spider crawl on me when I was out in the middle of the lake — not fun), cooking food over a campfire, and chilling in the camper. We went up to the Porcupine Mountains State Park for a day and saw Lake Superior, the Lake of the Clouds, and a mini waterfall. There were some bumps in the trip, but we still managed to have fun!

Some sea (beach) glass that I found along Lake Superior!
Some sea (beach) glass that I found along Lake Superior!
Lake of the Clouds
Lake of the Clouds

So that was my summer! I’m really glad I had the opportunity to travel around more this year, something I haven’t always been able to do in the past. How was your summer? Did you visit any cool/new places? Let me know!

Until next Friday,

Erin

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