A drive through the Midwest

◊ 7.19.2017 ◊ Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin

After crossing the US-CAN border near Port Huron, we drove straight across Michigan and decided to check out the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan. We ended up going to Indiana Dunes National Seashore. What a beautiful spot!

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We definitely thought we were at the ocean for a few hours. It was so relaxing to listen to the sound of the waves crashing on the sand beach.

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The following morning, we drove down and around Chicago (avoiding it since we heard lots of bad things about driving near the city + very expensive tolls!). We ended up in Stoughton, Wisconsin, where we met up with Johanna’s old coworker and friend Theresa. We enjoyed a delicious Wisconsin dinner at a local eatery.

Finally, after about a week without climbing, we headed for Devil’s Lake. The glacier cut lake is very popular in the area, and its beaches were very busy! We took a trail up the West ridge and climbed near Cleopatra’s Needle.

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The views were gorgeous. The climbing was somewhat slippery but enjoyable, especially after a long break.

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At the end of the day, while we were cooking dinner near the Southern beach of the lake, a big storm rolled in. A ranger drove by informing everyone that “Heavy thunderstorm watch [was] in effect until 8:30PM”. We really wanted to keep watching the lightning in the distance, but it was getting late, so we drove to the nearest Walmart and parked for the night. By then, the rain was torrential and the storm was right above our head. We somehow fell asleep in the loud thunder and lightning noise, but woke up multiple times as the storm kept hitting right where we were. This was definitely the scariest thunderstorm either of us had ever witnessed!

For more photos see our flickr album… https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1P81MD (Wisconsin)

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1JVXwp (Indiana)

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