Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Friends and Family

Facebook can be one of the biggest time management issues you can ever run into, however there are many benefits to the whole social media web. Quite a few years ago Truckin' Man had lost touch with all his dad's side of the family.  Then two years ago we found one of his cousins on facebook, so we have been reconnecting with her. 

Last summer when I was cleaning out a closet, I found an old video tape of this super fun camping trip that a very young Truckin' Man went on many many years ago with a fun lady! I learned that this was Aunt Mary. I had to ask our "facebook cousin" where Aunt Mary was these days. She got us a mailing address and email. It didn't take long for us to set up a visit to Northern Wisconsin to meet with this aunt and uncle that Truckin' Man hadn't seen in probably twenty five years! 

Mary is quite the hostess and had several fun things for us to do. First up was visiting the Pioneer Village Museum, outside of Cameron, Wisconsin..  It was a complete village.  Almost 40 buildings set up, and you could walk through most of them and there were lots of guides along they way to tell you the story of the buildings.
This church was so pretty!

Truckin' Man was drawn to the old time gas station with the old pumps. Some day he hopes to have a couple of those pumps!

We spent some time at aunt and uncle's home.
They have so many beautiful flowers growing. You could spend hours just taking them all in.

Some of the prettiest lilies I have ever seen.

The next day we went for rides on the four wheelers. Cousin Brook and her fiance were the guides. 
No pictures of me on the ride, but I will admit it was only my 3rd time ever being on one. Quite fun!

While reconnecting with the family, I learned that they didn't live far from my blogging friend, Carla. I have been following Carla's blog, The River, for quite some time now. She shares so much of her travel's in Wisconsin, she always has me wanting to plan another road trip! And, being Wisconsin is home to some amazing cranberries, Carla will have you wanting to visit a cranberry bog, and bake up her delicious Cranberry Cake!

When I found that our family and friends live less than 30 miles apart, I was so excited.... I just knew we would be able to meet!  I was so thrilled that we were able to make our schedules work out, and we were able to visit Carla and her family on our trip.

What an amazing family, and such great hosts!  They made an amazing Sunday dinner to share. Carla's husband made the most delicious chicken, and Carla made amazing Peach Ice Cream! I do hope she'll share the recipe with us. 
To this day, we still talk about her ice cream!
I have to do a special shout out to the boys. Wonderful young men!

Carla also sent home some of her lovely Lily of the Valley's for me to plant.  
I am hoping I will have pictures of them growing to share with you soon!

Stay tuned for more on our trips up north!


  1. This is nice! We had a letter a few years back from a relative we knew nothing about. She was clearing an attic, found letters from my grandfather to hers and tracked us down. It was great to meet a whole new branch of our family.

  2. How nice to reconnect with family and to get to see an internet friend in person! Sounds like a fun trip!

  3. That's amazing Kris! I love love love that you met up with Carla too - I discovered her blog through yours! Sounds like a wonderful trip!

  4. Oh what an awesome visit that must have been Kris! It's amazing how people reconnect on facebook. And great that you can meet a blogging friend! I will have to check out Carla's blog in hopes that she will be making that peach ice cream for everyone soon! : )

  5. i still think the benefits of facebook outweigh the detriments! thanks for sharing your adventure with us!

  6. It is great that you found your family and it looks like a great trip!

    The Old Fat Guy

  7. Hi,
    Thank you for the sweet blog post about our family. We loved our visit and hope to see you this summer!!
    Yes, I will share the Peach Ice Cream recipe. :-))

  8. Wisconsin looks beautiful! I've only driven through it on my way to Minnesota, but your pictures are prettier than anything I saw :-) Your friend's flower gardens are gorgeous too, I'm jealous!

    Have a great weekend!