This is a photo essay of the trip. I included photos by Megan, Randy, and Mark. The ones that look VSCO-ed are mine, and a few more. The one above is a shot of the Devil’s Doorway in the Devil’s Lake State Park by Mark.
On the way to Wisconsin Dells, we stopped by Culver’s. Burger and frozen chocolate custard. Yum.
The first place we went to was Wizard Quest in Wisconsin Dells. It’s a group adventure with the goal of exploring the worlds of fire, air, water, and earth to find clues and answers in order to free the four elemental wizards. The set design was fun. I went down slides, and attempted to squeeze through a little barred canal in a pool of plastic balls, which made me remember Kidz at Work (SM Megamall, more than a decade ago). The game host also secretly hid glittery eggs which, when found, can earn points that can help you in freeing the wizards. I was the egg hunter of the group, and found more than we were allowed to.
Wisconsin Dells is full of large signs for places like Wizard Quest. They had a CIA one where you’re a government secret agent group, a dinosaur land, water parks, and other gimicky amusement-park-ey places. The Dells also has amphibian vehicles called ducks.
Then we visited a deer park. They didn’t have bears, but had a variety of deer species, goats, ostriches, etc. I was excited to come here after watching a Youtube video where a man carrying a baby sat down next to a deer. Very Snow White Disney. Since that didn’t happen, we lured them with $2 packs of deer crackers instead.
Look what my foot found.
Aside from the Austrian, English, and German deer species, they had the Sika deer, which can be found in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.
A tiny brown deer, which looked like a cross between a deer and boar. A peacocking pigeon, his chest puffed out, ruffling its feathers aggressively while macho walking around the cage. Megan caught the deep sticking their tongues out, and my moments with deer.
After bidding the woodland creatures farewell, we headed south towards the park for the hike. There was some trouble looking for the restroom.
More on the the Devil’s Lake State Park hike here.
We headed towards Madison afterwards, where chocolate oatmeal cookies at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel sated our hungry stomachs. So. Good. (and free)
We walked past the Madison State Capitol on the way to dinner at Graze. Graze sources produce, meat, beer and other alcoholic beverages locally. My favorite dishes were the fried cheese curds and the salad. It’s a good idea to quickly char or roast sliced romaine lettuce, and cure eggs. Food photos from Megan’s camera.
Pickle platter at Graze
That evening Madison played against Kentucky for the NCAA finals. Guess who won? Photos of the street that night by Mark.
State street was packed, and jubilant. People were taking their shirts off and high-fiving. I’ve never been around a college town before, this experience pretty much sums it up. The street was lined with shops, cafes, book stores, restaurants, etc. It felt like walking through a grown-up Disneyland Main Street.
The next day we visited The University of WIsconsin-Madison by the Lake Mendota area after brunch.