Early Monday April 16th 2012, I received an email from Dan with an cryptic image attached stating “It will take us a little over three hours to get to our destination. We can drive straight there and check in or shoot along the way and check in when we get there – whatever we want to do. I’ve attached a detailed map of to our destination. That’s all the information I can share.”
Lines, lines, more lines and a river? Hmmmmm.
My email reply to Dan… “Trying to figure out the trace of a map you sent! Internet and the Minnesota and Wisconsin maps are in my sight; would this trip have anything to do with round barns and Monroe County?” It turns out that the “lines” was a travel route leading us to the beautiful Vernon and Monroe Counties in an area of Wisconsin known as the driftless area. See the detailed maps of Vernon and Monroe Counties for the location of the round barns and covered bridges. The maps are another story for another day as the “X” didn’t always mark the spot 🙂
Off to a friends house for great conversation and a breakfast of champions (Thanks Linnae). Hugs as we walked out the door and a wave as we headed on our way. Little did we know- we had a small stowaway named Hans. Hans caused quite the stir back home when he was found to be missing but he was a good travel companion and enjoyed his time away from home. Keep a watchful eye out for Hans in the images as he LOVED his picture taken.
Located in southwestern Wisconsin, Vernon and Monroe County is a land of scenic beauty and is in the Driftless Area of the upper midwest. Glaciers surrounded but did not pass over this land. From craggy buttes and mesas that once were islands rising from the wooded bed of a great glacial lake and grand marshes where bright red cranberries and mosses grow, Monroe County features a plethora of breathtaking views. This serene countryside is truly an astounding sight and it’s roller coaster like roads were fun to travel. Up, down, up, down, up, down… you never knew what your eyes would lay upon at the top of the hill or the bottom for that matter. Our destination? Justin Trails Resort in Sparta, WI for a long photography weekend retreat. Check out Dan’s images from the day at his blog titled Driftless Area Weekend – Monroe County, Wisconsin – Day 1