Two weeks ago Laurel and I went out for a drive to view the fall leave. I made the decision to head south from our home. I wanted to get into the Coulee region in Wisconsin near the Mississippi River. This area has very tall bluffs. I thought the leaves would be brightening the hills and all we saw was individual trees colored on the hillsides. We were disappointed, but we did find the Stone Barn and stopped for a pizza on their last day of the season. It was wonderful afternoon spent with each other.
This past Sunday morning we awoke and I said it would be a fantastic day to look at the fall colors again. I was hoping to go to the Coulee region again but Laurel thought we could see all the colors close to home. We drove down the driveway and made a left turn on our adventure. We were less than a mile from home when I stopped the car and grabbed my camera for a photo of the hillside filled with color. The soybeans field in the foreground were ripe and a mid shade of tan. I framed the view finder and snapped a few photos. I returned to the car a continued down the road. Again in less than a mile of travel Laurel asked me to stop the car and took some photos looking up the trees. The leaves were backlit by the sun and were shining in full color. Again back in the car for a another 1000 feet of travel. If you are following the time and distance, I could have walked farther in the same amount of time. But we did reach my first subject I wanted to photograph.
We stopped by the Willing Workers 4-H Clubhouse. It is an old schoolhouse built back in 1893 with two large maple trees in the front yard. I took several photos of the clubhouse showing fall in its full glory. This past week 4-H was celebrating 100 years as an organization. The photos are a perfect tribute to the final days of 4-H week.
Again back to the car. This time we made a plan to put a more miles before our next stop. Laurel and I have been listing to audiobooks so we started playing a book as we traveled and allowing our eyes to take in in all of the beauty around us as we listened to the story. I didn’t have a plan for which roads we would travel. When I wanted to turn right, I turned right. When I wanted to turn left, I turned left. All the back roads of Dunn County were not off limits. I have a strong sense of direction and a map of the area in my mind. I know where the main roads and towns are in relationship to where we were. When we saw a hillside worthy of a stop and photo, we stopped the story and took a few photos.
We traveled to the towns of Elmwood, Spring Valley and back to Menomonie to our home. We were on the road for two and a half hours and maybe 50 miles. We even managed to travel a few of our miles on a dirt road. True country and life at a slower pace. This is one of the greatest time of the year in Wisconsin. Over the past few years we might have gotten one day of full color then a hard rain and/or wind would strip the trees of their leaves. This year was spectacular! Couldn’t have spent a nicer day with Laurel. Take a moment out of your busy day and enjoy fall in Wisconsin.