Fast forward to this summer and I realized that time was winding down and Labor Day weekend was upon us. So off we went to check out Pepin, WI, the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It's a small town right on Lake Pepin with a tiny museum, a wayside with a replica log cabin and a park downtown named for her. We took some time at the lake but were unable to commence our usual rock throwing routine as the sign at the dock stated "No Rock Throwing Permitted"..........who rained on that parade?!
For the history nerd, there were some great pieces of machinery, housewares and clothing from that late 1800s through early 1920s, including 2 uniforms of American soldiers from World War I. Obviously Owen wasn't into that, but he loved the replica steamboat and enjoyed climbing up the stairs and hiding out. He was able to run around at both the wayside and the park, which was good for him after sitting in the car during the 1 1/2 hour drive.
We had a really nice dinner at the Harbor View Cafe, which was packed and had a wait list before it even opened at 4:45pm for dinner! We got a good table near the front windows and Owen was able to check out the trains that passed by. He liked that quite a bit!
In my quest for LIW places to visit, I noticed that we have still have South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri to hit. I wonder if I can convince the hubs to take a little bit longer of a road trip? I mean, really, what's a few extra hours?!
|Neat map in front of the museum|
|Going to class the old fashioned way|
|Singer sewing machines|
|Climbing to the top deck|
|WWI Dough Boy uniform|
|Beautiful Lake Pepin|
|Replica log cabin|
|Someone just had to test the hand pump!|
|Mama and boy selfie|