But what about northern Wisconsin and beyond?

 
I do like the UP, there is something about it up there, it's like Alaska or something, I mean, that's the only place I have been in all of the United states that reminds me of all of the UP. It's like a separate kind of place you know, with their own deal. Plus everybody really needs each other up there, you know, there's no joke I mean in the winter up there, you better damn well know your neighbors up there. If you see a car stalled you better stop. That's what it takes to build a community. You got to need each other and they still do in the UP so that's a cool place. - Greg Brown
 
 

Wednesday Thoughts

The Northwoods

    If you drive far enough north you will reach the end of the Wisconsin border and hit the Michigan border, and once you are across the border into Michigan you will be in the UP as they call it. Northern Wisconsin is called the Northwoods, by some people including us. That is where we go to get our snow and deep forest fix. A few weekends ago we went there with a bunch of friends, and of course as always, a snowstorm was coming through right as we started our journey up there. But, we made it, and had a great weekend. Well, we didn't bring our skis which was a bummer since we got tons of snow, but we went for some hikes in the woods. I love walking through snowy forests, it's one of the best things I know.

    Om du kör tillräckligt långt norrut så kommer du till slut att nå gränsen av Wisconsin till Michigan, och då du kör in i Michigan så hamnar du i UP, upper peninsula som de kallar det. Norra Wisconsin kallas för den "norra skogen". Det är dit folk åker då de vill uppleva lite mer snö, och eller djupa granskogar. För ett par helger sedan så åkte vi upp till "norra skogen" och som alltid då vi ska åka någonstans på vintern så blev det världens snöstorm i slutet, fast vi kom fram till slut ändå. Just denna resan så hade vi av någon oklar anledning (jag skyller på W förstås) bestämt oss för att inte ta med längdskidorna. Och det fick vi ju förstå ångra. Vi fick några fina vandringar i skogen istället, så egentligen så gjorde det faktiskt inte så mycket. 

 
 

A little bit of Sweden?

    Wisconsin does look like Sweden a bit, well a tiny bit. There are lots of small lakes here, and up in the North Woods too. There are many many other tree species and plant species though, that I don't recognize from home, neither Sweden or Alaska. This summer (I know this was the goal last summer but for real, this summer..) I will try my best to learn some more about the plants in this region. I think I did pretty well this past summer though, we hiked in a lot of different state parks and I tried to identify as many flowers and plants as I could along the way. 

    How about you? Are you a fan of walks through the forest? Or would you rather be in the mountains, or maybe on the tundra, or just downtown?

    Wisconsin påminner lite granna om Sverige, men bara lite. Det finns en väldans massa sjöar här, och uppe i "norra skogen" också förstås. När det kommer till trädarter och växtarter så har Wisconsin bra mycket fler än vad vi ser i Sverige. Det blir ju trots allt mycket varmare i Wisconsin än i Sverige, tänk uppemot 35 grader på sommaren....och fuktigt. Denna sommaren ska jag göra ett nytt försök till att lära mig fler arter, eftersom det kanske inte riktigt gick sådär jättebra förra året.

    Vad tycker du om djupa skogar? Gillar du också att vandra i dom, eller vill du kanske hellre vandra i bergen, eller uppe i tundran eller kanske helt enkelt på stan?