Thanks for a great Day-cholah

We’d like to say we discovered a new place to rest our weary toes and enjoy the sweet, sporadic joy of a Wisconsin summer.

Turns out we’re about 10,500 years too late for that honor.

Still, Green Lake retains the fresh appeal that led members of the Winnebago nation (also called Ho-Chunk) to consider it sacred ground. We’re really glad we made the short, entertaining pilgrimage.

At 237 feet, Green Lake is the deepest enclosed lake in Wisconsin. That, and the fact that the last of its ice had just melted, did not stop the youngest members of our group — including Molly — from jumping in.

We had several nurses and a cardiologist on hand. That water was cold!!

A good chunk of the woods surrounding Green Lake remains undeveloped thanks to a Chicago newspaperman, his somewhat sickly wife and the Baptist church.

Chicago Daily News publisher Victor Lawson and his wife Jessie landed on the Green Lake shores during an 1888 storm. They ended up purchasing land and developing a 1,074 acre spread, which eventually included water towers and stone bridges that remain today. Upon their deaths, the Baptist church purchased that parcel of land and it remains relatively pristine to this day.

You can walk a thousand-year old trail around Green Lake and enjoy undisturbed views. You can also zip around the seven-mile long lake, pulling tubes and wake boards.

Our weekend in Green Lake turned out to be the perfect start to a summer we hope will include lots of sunshine, good friends, calm waters and peace.

Molly and Charlie
Molly and our little precocious friend Charlie took a spin on the tube. It was a lovely day on the boat but that water was cold!
Molly, Jacie and Autumn on the dock
These brave girls actually went for a swim.
The view
A view of Green Lake from our hosts’ front yard. This has to be the most peaceful lake in Wisconsin.
Molly kicks it old school
We walked the Menominee Trail. Molly hit it old school, without any shoes.
Green Lake
Green Lake from the top of a water tower on a Saturday afternoon. The Menominee Indians called this lake Daycholah and much of it remains undisturbed.
Really, I could have sat on this bench all afternoon and looked at that view.
Oldest house in Wisconsin
One of the oldest houses in Wisconsin, this log cabin is available for rent on Green Lake.
Fascinating oldest house in Wisconsin
We heard it could be haunted, so we checked it out.
Jack on the water tower
Our little friend Jack at the top of the water tower.
Stone bridge
These are the original stone bridges, built by Victor and Jessie Lawson in the late 1800s, still beautiful and sturdy today.
View from the water tower
A view of the lake from a water tower window.
I think my little friend Jack, first in the water and bravest of all, summed up our weekend pretty nicely.
I think my little friend Jack, first in the water and bravest of all, summed up our weekend pretty nicely.


3 thoughts on “Thanks for a great Day-cholah

  1. Green Lake is gorgeous, but cold water is not a strong enough word. It’s more Lake Superior Like.

    1. I can’t say how cold it was as I did not even dip my toe in that water. I plan to go back later this summer and give it a whirl. Molly said it took her breath away.

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