Thursday, July 5, 2012

Frugal Fun With Kids in Bayfield, Wisconsin

Over the Summer Solstice we took our little family north to Bayfield, Wisconsin.  There you will find fine dining, little shops, cruises and countless other ways to spend money.  On the drive up I received a call from my brother, during which he said, "now please enjoy yourselves and don't be frugal".  We may have left our work planners at home, but our frugal ways followed us north.  Sorry Big Brother, but you can have fun and be frugal.  Here is one example -- exploring the Bayfield Fish Hatchery (aka Les Voight State Fish Hatchery)!  Admission is free, and it is ideal for curious minds.

We pulled in to an empty parking lot and figured it must be closed on Mondays.  Wrong, we were simply the only people interested at the time.

Image credit: M. Gustafson Gervasi, June 2012 -- main building.....doesn't look like much from the parking lot.

But this sign indicates that others must find this place camping allowed!

Inside are tanks with local fish swimming about.  Included are displays, maps, and photos teaching visitors about the area, fish, and the water system.  Even our son's question of "why is it so dark in here" was answered -- baby fish prefer the shade of a log....hence, low lighting.

Image Credit:  M. Gustafson Gervasi, June 2012, inside tanks.

Reviewing the facility map I learned that larger outdoor ponds were available, so out we went, searching.  Behind the building we found tranquil north woods views and sounds.  Sadly the mosquitoes had found it as well, cutting our visit a bit short.

Image Credit: M. Gustafson Gervasi, June 2012, Outdoor ponds

In all, this is a great way to spend a few hours in the Bayfield area.  You can't beat the price, the wonder of nature is waiting for you, and a sense of calm is restored.  That's the upside of being frugal.

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