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Old 07-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Wisconsin Dells -- FROGs and water go together well!

This week we're enjoying an outing with FROGs in beautiful Wisconsin Dells. The group is somewhat smaller than originally anticipated, but we've gotten well acquainted and are having a great time. We have grandparents with grandkids, parents with kids, and couples who are kids at heart.

Cindy and I got in on Friday night and made a few of the final arrangements with the campground for attractions and meals. We got a taste of the same hot, dry weather that much of the Midwest and the rest of the country have been experiencing, with a slight break for some rain very early on Saturday.

Everyone else arrived on Sunday, and after getting set up and acquainted, we headed off to Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty for an all-you-care-to-eat dinner of pot roast, broasted chicken, and sides served family style. Sunday also featured a prime rib option, so a few of the folks decided on that.

Following dinner, some of the group headed off to get the "lay of the land." They soon encountered one of the largest of the go-cart tracks in town, and spent much of the evening racing one another well into the night. The rest of us came back to the campground, where some chose to hit the pool. Later we convened for a group campfire and s'mores (nothing says "good sense" like a campfire when it's 95 degrees out), distributed tickets for some of the attractions in the area, and laid out loose plans for the week.

Monday was an "on your own day." Families with kids headed for Noah's Ark, which claims to be the largest water park in the U.S. It's hard to argue with that claim. Kids big and small came home and hit the sack early last night, worn out from a hard day of play in the heat.

Cindy and I went to the Wisconsin Deer Park, had lunch overlooking the Wisconsin River, and explored some of the other parks and attractions for possible future visits. Since we're still working, although in a nicer setting than on some days, we continued to make plans for the rally, answer e-mail and phone messages, and get things done. Last night we laid in supplies for this morning's breakfast.

This morning (Tuesday) we gathered for breakfast under the pine trees -- donuts, bagels, muffins, fresh melons, cherries, bananas, coffee, milk, and fruit juices. It was a great opportunity to catch up on everyone's day from yesterday and to get further acquainted with one another.

About 9:30 one of the "Original Wisconsin Ducks" pulled up to the campsite, and after a quick cleanup we were off on an adventure. The duck tour took us through the wooded areas and glens near the Dells, then into the lower portion of the Wisconsin River for a tour of some of the sandstone formations that give the area its name. Over a sandbar, into the woods, and up a hill, and we again hit the water in Lake Delton, restored after an overtopping and earthen dam collapse emptied its 600 million gallons of water into the river in a two hour period about four years ago. One more drive atop bluffs, through the woods and gulches, and we were back at the duck terminal, then returned to our campsite.

This afternoon is again free, with trips to the pool, shopping, and generally exploring the area. Poor me, I'm again keeping up on planning and staying in touch from my remote office.

More to come......
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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U doing the dells again next year?
Unfortunately we made plans to be there this year next week
Id attend next year if there's going to be a date!
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:08 PM   #3
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U doing the dells again next year?
Unfortunately we made plans to be there this year next week
Id attend next year if there's going to be a date!
Don't know that we'll be doing the Dells next year as a "national" location, since we want to rotate destinations, but I'd certainly encourage a local group to get together there for a great weekend.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:30 PM   #4
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The Dells is a fun place, wish we could've joined you but we were about 30 miles west.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:06 AM   #5
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Catching up......

Tuesday evening wound down with FROGs enjoying swimming and mini golf at the Dells Timberland campground, going on a hayride around the park, playing on the "bounce pad," and generally having a good time.

Wednesday morning in Wisconsin Dells dawned warm and sunny, which eventually gave our Canadian members an opportunity to demonstrate how much smarter they are than the rest of us. On another "on your own day," they chose to ride the jet boats (you WILL get wet) on the lower portion of the Wisconsin River, while others relaxed and enjoyed the amenities of the campground; some explored the nearby country side; and others fed the deer, played mini golf, or explored other activities.

Late that afternoon we gathered at Pizza Pub for pizza (duh!), pasta, ribs, chicken, and other treats. While there, we were greeted by John and Bonnie, a FROG couple from Madison. They were with us in Washington, DC and will be going to the FROG Rally and later to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Albuquerque as well. They'd had such fun in DC that they drove nearly 50 miles to stop by and say hello.

As dinner ended, we were hit by torrential rain that the Dells -- and much of the country -- so desperately need. That put an end to outdoor activities for the evening, but also brought the relief of cooler temperatures. And it also put in perspective the intelligence of Canadians who got wet while jet-boating on a hot sunny day, compared to several of the Americans who went on the following cooler, overcast day and got just as wet.

On Thursday, our last full day in the Dells, we gathered again at Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty for a lumberjack breakfast -- donuts, scrambled eggs, sausages, "flapjacks," biscuits & gravy, hash brown potatoes, coffee, juice, and milk served family-style. A last day of adventures -- mini golf, a return to a water park, the afore-mentioned jet boats, and more -- wound down to a final gathering around a campfire under tall pines and a starry sky, and a last opportunity for a couple of young boys to tie into some Paul Bunyan donuts. Some FROG gifts were distributed, and everyone settled down for a well-earned sleep.

Friday morning saw us closing up, exchanging hugs, and hitting the road, looking back on great memories and forward to our next adventure.

Thanks to Al King and the entire staff at Dells Timberland Resort, who treated us so wonderfully and made us feel as if we were the most important group in the park throughout our stay.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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I guess John got tired of (Watching) the workmen putting the new deck around his house! He goes Camping,what a true FROG!! Youroo!!
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Thanks for the trip report Bob, I wish I could have been there. I'm looking forward to the rally in Elkhart.
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Where did you guys stay? we were at Holiday Shores over the 4th. One of these years I`ll get to meet some of the forum members.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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We stayed at Dells TimberLand, on Highway 12 (exit 85), about 4 miles from downtown Wisconsin Dells.
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