|Not the fireworks from this year, but you get the idea. Image found here|
As for the trip part of my holiday, I was originally going to visit a friend in Columbia, South Carolina, because she is down there for school. But then she said she was planning to spend a lot of the summer at her parents' lake house in Wisconsin. She invited me up there instead, and I thought, "I'm not going to turn down a lake house!" So I flew into Chicago super-early on July 1, she picked me up, and we made our way up to Hustisford (Ever heard of it? Nope, neither had I).
|Our view of the lake. Amazing!|
But we didn't just stay at home: we wanted to explore! We visited the Willow Creek cheese factory (owned by Union Star Cheese), where I tried cheese curds and quark for the first time (Quark is a dairy-based dip, but the one we had was lemon, so it was sweet! Great with animal crackers, FYI).
|A little sketchy looking, but the owner is really nice! Image found here|
|So pretty! Image found here|
Monday was our trip to Milwaukee. We started the day visiting the Boerner Botanical Gardens, where I took a million pictures! Here are just a few:
|Such a pretty entrance!|
|I have never seen a plant that had such obvious male and female flowers! Notice how different the middles of the flower are!|
|This tree had a knob that eerily looked like a sideways baby head...|
|The rose gardens are amazing!|
|There was a waterfall in the park.|
|They are on-point with their succulents!|
|This cone flower is a bit out of proportion...|
|Both of the botanical gardens had koi fish.|
|These plants were given water dyed with food coloring. You can see the different colors of the plants, and the white ones have not received the colored water.|
|This bird sat quite still, so I could get a few good shots of him!|
|Yes, that's the real name of this plant.|
Such a great vacation! I would love to visit again. Hard to beat having so much fun!