Northeast Wisconsin
March 2010

March 2010

Recently, our family traveled to Wisconsin Dells for a few days.

This small, south central Wisconsin city is a regular summer vacation destination for many families, but we’ve made it our go-to getaway spot the last few winters. After the snow flies and the temperatures dip for a few months, we crave an adventure and spring break is simply too far away. The Dells is a budget-friendly locale that satisfies the wanderlust.

Given that our two kids would reside 24/7 in a swimming pool if allowed, the "Water Park Capital of the World" is an apropos destination. This year’s resort boasted both indoor water and theme parks. The hotel room had a bunk bed, which was an even bigger draw.

It’s always good to get outside your comfort zone and a family vacation forces just that, to sometimes mixed results. But this year we were pleasantly surprised by a few things. For one, as the kids get older and their swimming skills improve, they don’t need Mom and Dad to hover nearby as much. In a strange environment, they’re more content to play together without fighting about every little thing. They even diplomatically decided between the two of them to alternate occupancy in the coveted top bunk each night. (Seriously, whose kids were these?)

In a twist of irony, we all agreed the best part of this year’s adventure occurred in the very environment we wanted to escape: the cold and snow. As part of our hotel package, we received passes to a nearby tubing hill, complete with tow rope. I am happy to report that after spending nearly two hours there, our cheeks smarted from the temperature and our ear-to-ear grins.

All in all, we were both pleasantly exhausted and deliriously happy. I highly recommend both.

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