Sunday, December 6, 2015

SunDay FunDay Part 2

Norskedalen- Bekkum Homestead
We couldn't wait til Sunday to start having fun. Warmer December weather made it ideal for a road trip on Saturday.

Norwegian Specialties

First stop Norsekedalen for their 31st Annual Old Fashioned Christmas weekend. Among the bluffs is a recreated Norwegian village from the settlers days. Located near Coon Valley, WI, about 30 minutes from La Crosse.

Each building had something to offer from a person doing blacksmithing, a wool spinner and of course a Lefse lady, making the potato based flat bread like food. Lots of food and crafts too, sorry I forgot the names of the specialty dishes.

Norsekedalen ride

Mississippi overlook
Then we had to stop along the Mississippi River in a little town called Stoddard to see migrating birds. Due to the warmer weather the tundra swans were still feeding before their long journeys and also saw a large gathering of Pelicans too.

Packer Fan

Along the way we were reminded we are in Packer country. A very loyal fan shows their support with hay bales for Wisconsin's professional football team.

Mount La Crosse Chalet

Ski Lounge

We also checked out the local ski hill Mount La Crosse. They are still waiting for snow but would happily sell passes and gift cards. Since the lounges were empty it was a perfect photo opportunity to try and capture the beautiful wood details and ambience.

Ski Lounge

This will have to be a place to hang out on a snowy day and drink some hot chocolate and people watch, even though we don't downhill ski.

Last Stop

Spice it yourself
Our "sunday"  outing wouldn't be complete without a Bloody Mary. Those who have lived in the area may remember Hungry Peddler. Well it's still there. Current employees don't remember the yummy popovers they used to have with dinner, but everything else remains the same. They offered a spice yourself Bloody and mighty generous beer chaser. A nice way to end our adventures for the day.

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