My Weekend Adventure: Madeline Island - Ld

My Weekend Adventure: Madeline Island

I love weekend trips. They are a nice little break in the day-to-day routine and provide just enough away time to provide that ‘get-away’ feeling. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy longer vacations because I certainly do just as much as the next person.

I documented my first weekend trip this year in this post titled 'My Memorial Weekend Adventures'. I decided that it might be fun to make the ‘weekend adventure’ theme a series. It  encourages me to well, document my weekend. Even though I’m a photographer, I’m really bad at taking day-to-day pictures; meaning I focus on nature, the outdoors, etc., but I’m not good at focusing on what the place we stayed at looked like, or characteristics of the town, for example.

Recently, my husband and I attended a wedding on Madeline Island in Wisconsin, one of the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior.

Photo source: Top, Middle & Bottom 

I had never been before, so was very excited to visit and explore.

We left Bayfield, Wisconsin to head out to the island. The wedding was held at a cabin/house  (where we also stayed with the couple’s friends and family) called ‘The Barn’. The Barn is a gorgeous place with a fun story. The original barn was on a hay farm in Vermont, and was moved to the island and turned into the home. I of course, didn’t take my own pictures (I’m working on it for next time), but here is a link to a website with pictures

My husband and I were in charge of making the groom’s dinner; a taco bar chosen by the couple.

The day of the wedding was hot and humid, somewhat unusual for that area. That being said, we were glad it wasn’t cold and rainy! It was a beautiful day filled with good food and company. The island has a ton of activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, bike riding, scooter rentals, hiking, swimming, eating and more. Because of our limited time there, we didn’t get to partake in all of these, but they are definitely worth checking out if you ever get a chance to make the trip out there.

However, my husband and I were fortunate to have some time to go and explore the island.

We visited Big Bay State Park and came across some gorgeous views of the lake (and also a swarm of biting flies).

We also saw a TON of wildflowers. The transition of wildflowers from spring to summer is becoming rapid, and I enjoyed seeing the beautiful yellows, oranges, pinks, purples and whites flood the ditches on our trip.

Blue Flag Wild Iris

Yellow Iris (Invasive to MN - a surprise to me!)



Our trip ended as soon as it began, and before we knew it we were heading home. Madeline Island is only accessible by personal boat, a ferry, and planes. We opted for the ferry, mostly because we don’t have a personal boat or a plane. Here is a picture taken for Instagram (my more candid, personal social media platform. Follow me here) of us waiting on the ferry. They pack the cars in so tight that unless you’re in the right spot, it’s incredibly hard to get out.

The last picture I took on this particular trip was on our way home at a stop in Duluth. A pop-corn variety thunderstorm was rolling over, and the light against the clouds was amazing.

What is your favorite weekend trip getaway? What is the most memorable weekend trip you’ve taken? Have you ever been to Madeline Island, and if so, what was your favorite thing about it?

I’d love to hear about it! You can comment via this post, or through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

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