Winter came down to join us the other day at Sara Balbin and Gary Crandall’s place in the north woods of Wisconsin. Sara is an artist who works in many media — metal, oil, leather, fabric — but the theme that runs throughout her work is a sense of motion, of fluidity. Gary runs the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival — an annual mountain bike race and festival. Gary and Sara are inspirational because they’re making it work — they’re both successfully pursuing their passions in an unusual part of the country (well, I consider Northern Wisconsin unusual). They’re also excellent hosts. Gary should moonlight as a tour guide, because he put together a great north country circuit that made me re-think what it meant to be in Northern Wisconsin. Here are a few photos of our watery tour of Northern Wisconsin.
We also stopped at a few other places that didn’t make the photo cut including Potato Falls, a black granite quarry that was the source of the granite for JFK’s tombstone (and is now a scary deep swimming hole), a HUGE iron ore dock that juts into Lake Superior in Ashland, WI, that is in the process of being demolished, and a so-so brewery and restaurant in Ashland, WI (no names, please!).