Ladycation! Wine + Women in Wisconsin

Why would a Vikings fan go to Wisconsin? For the comfort, laughter, peace, wisdom + love of 4 women, taking time from their careers, families +  laundry piles for a Ladycation! Oh, and for wine. Lots of wine.

Willow, baby sista Kristina, Shannon, moi, Ann.

My amazing sis Kris coordinated our Ladycation and hosted us at her and her husband and little son’s cozy home. She even hand-made wine glass charms, a CD of great music and had T-shirts for each of us!

The drive over was G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. Note: Most of these photos were taken at 74 mph. Every inch of the stretch was awash in beautiful autumn colors as only MN and WI can design.

We visited two area wineries, River Bend Vineyard and Autumn Harvest Winery.

We had a lovely dinner at Mona Lisa’s on Water Street, then Ann’s by-request pineapple upside down cake drink at a cozy bar. She needed it to douse the flames of her spicy pasta dish (apparently 6 = hotter than hades in Eau Claire). All amidst the UW – Eau Claire Homecoming revelers. Only got propositioned a few times. But it was early.

…and this was just one part of the countertop…

After a wonderful evening of swapping tales and experiences, we turned in to snooze.

Good, good morning

Sunday started with coffee and baked goodies, then a long walk on woodsy trails. Someone got us a little lost (the person who, ahem, lives near the trails), but the road less taken is always full of more rewards, eh?

The sound of crunching through freshly fallen leaves warms my soul and energizes my spirit.
Well, Happy Sunday to You, too.
Bowie, Kristina, Ann (who apparently did recover from her spicy dinner).

**Ding, ding** Bonus: We arrived back in time to see Kristina’s other boys, hubby Eric and little Howie. They’d had their own boycation!

Homeward bound

During the drive home, I savored the CD songs and was re-fueled by the comfort, laughter, peace, wisdom and love of these four amazing women. Just like me, trying to contribute to the world. They’re inspiring examples and I’m so glad they let me tag along.

A couple more 74 mph images:

As my CD ended, the Vikes game began, so I switched on the radio. Just as I was crossing the mighty St Croix River to Minnesota, my Vikings were running back the opening kickoff for a record 105-yard touchdown to start the game. Go big or go home, eh?

And home is always the sweetest place of all.