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Thanksgiving in Wisconsin!

A snowy Thanksgiving.

Happy holidays, and I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! We were very excited to spend our Turkey Day in Wisconsin with one of my cousins and his family. It was extra special because we hadn’t actually seen each other in 20 years! Where does the time go??

We both have kids who had never met, and I come from a fairly small family, so introducing them to each other made my heart happy.

We had also never been to the state of Wisconsin, so it was fun to check out a new place. It reminded me quite a bit of Alaska with thick forests and lots of wildlife. My cousin has a lovely creek running behind his house, and at one moment, we looked up and saw a doe and her fawn standing in the water between the snowy banks. It looked like a Christmas card! Not unlike this one…minus the guy with the antlers.

Wildlife painting from

The first couple days were spent catching up on two decades of family history. We also popped out for a few meals at a local diner and a supper club. I had read about supper clubs in an Atlas Obscura article and was excited to visit one.

But we didn’t go to just any supper club, we went to the Little Bohemia Lodge. According to Wikipedia, “Little Bohemia Lodge is a rural vacation lodge and restaurant located off US Highway 51 in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. The lodge was built in 1929 by Emil Wanatka on land he acquired that same year. Little Bohemia gained fame and infamy as the setting of a botched raid by the FBI (then called the Division of Investigation) against the John Dillinger Gang.

“The historic rustic lodge remains as it was at the time of the federal raid and along with original bullet holes from the gun battle still in the walls and windows; Little Bohemia Lodge has a collection of memorabilia from the gun battle.”

Exterior of Little Bohemia Lodge.
One of the interior dining room all decorated for Xmas.
Super yummy pork schnitzel.

The lodge was also used as the filming location for the 2008 movie Public Enemies with Johnny Depp playing John Dillinger. And they had great food! I was really tempted to order the “broasted” chicken, which I had never heard of and consists of frying a chicken in a pressure cooker. But I couldn’t pass up the pork schnitzel with spaetzle (small German dumplings similar to gnocchi) and red cabbage. Mmm. We also had beer cheese soup with popcorn garnish, pasta salad, and shrimp cocktail on a little bed of lettuce.

After we got home from dinner on Tuesday, a massive snowstorm blew through overnight and dumped a foot of snow on the ground. It was absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, it also knocked out the power for 11 hours. But I kind of enjoyed it. The kids stayed off their electronics for the most part, and we played cards and board games, then set off for lunch at the Sayner Pub, a place in town that had electricity…and amazing pizza and Bloody Marys with lots of fixings on top.

Happily the power came back on just in time for Thanksgiving. And my cousin’s awesome wife put together an amazing dinner with sweet potatoes and marshmallows, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, and homemade apple pie. I was extremely helpful and…ahem…kept her company. I did mash some potatoes though!

Bloody Marys at the pub and a Thanksgiving turkey!

Our flight was scheduled to leave the next day, and when I went to check in online, I discovered that the departure time had been moved up by three hours, and it was the only flight out of town that day. So our visit was cut a bit shorter than we intended. But it was so lovely to spend time with family, and we’re hoping to see them again once we get settled in Switzerland!

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