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Wisconsin for the Weekend

P1010128-19Over the Easter weekend, a bunch of us drove to Wisconsin. We hiked up Devil’s Lake, fed deers at a deer petting zoo, walked around Madison, and freed four wizards.

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.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe 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.

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P1000857We had lunch at MACS. The pulled pork Mac ‘n Cheese and the Spinach mushroom Mac ‘ Cheese were delicious.

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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.

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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.

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English deer!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Llama! It looked cute from afar, but when it came close, this particular llama was freaky and huge.
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Aside from the Austrian, English, and German deer species, they had the Sika deer, which can be found in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

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A yak.IMG_9156 IMG_9159 IMG_9162SQUISHY BUNNY <3 Cute as a mochi.

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A tiny brown deer, which looked like a cross between a deer and boar.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset A peacocking pigeon, his chest puffed out, ruffling its feathers aggressively while macho walking around the cage. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMegan caught the deep sticking their tongues out, and my moments with deer.
17194_10155594771375107_1259726660871297957_n IMG_2270 P1000947-5 P1000969-7 P1000960-6After bidding the woodland creatures farewell, we headed south towards the park for the hike. There was some trouble looking for the restroom.

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More on the the Devil’s Lake State Park hike here.

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We headed towards Madison afterwards, where chocolate oatmeal cookies at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel sated our hungry stomachs. So. Good. (and free)

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IMG_2359We 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.

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11102770_10155594781030107_4192425632039899409_nThat evening Madison played against Kentucky for the NCAA finals. Guess who won? Photos of the street that night by Mark.
P1010244-32 P1010240-30State 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.

P1010235-28The next day we visited The University of WIsconsin-Madison by the Lake Mendota area after brunch.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Parts of the lake were still frozen.IMG_9314IMG_9518Then we visited The Daily Scoop, the school ice cream shop (they make ice cream here from the milk of local dairy farms).

11129359_10155594788895107_3640635669848067259_nStrawberry and chocolate, usually I prefer denser cold desserts like frozen custards and gelato, but this ice cream was fluffy and smooth. Delicious!IMG_9341Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Then it’s back home to Illinois. Hay bales!IMG_9285 IMG_9292

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