Northwoods Family Vacation with Kids – Presque Isle, Wisconsin

As a Wisconsin wedding photographer I’m lucky, I get an amazing opportunity to capture important memories for people. I have this chance to tell stories for others that will last longer than they will. It is easy for me to get caught up in the hustle of work & summer vacation with four kids at home during my busiest time of year… it is easy for me to set my cameras down, only picking them up on Saturdays as I rush off too work, forgetting to document my own memories. Thank goodness for phone cameras sometimes… although, I’m not great at using that either!

I also get a unique perspective in my chosen profession. I get to hear parents toast their children week after week… sharing memories of family vacations… silly stories and thoughtful advice. So often, the message is the same. A call to take time to make memories as a family… to slow down and enjoy each other… that time goes too fast. These word and messages I’m taking to heart as my babies aren’t babies anymore. I’ve always had a travel bug and I’m excited to finally have more flexibility to bring my kids along on our adventures as they grow bigger.

For the past few years we have vacationed every August to Door County. It’s my happy place and we will be back again for sure, but this year we changed things up. I had a chance to photograph Carlie & Dylan’s Northwoods wedding(go check it out!) which happened to fall on the week of our family vacation. What Wisconsin wedding photographer doesn’t want the chance to photograph a wedding North of the Wall (see what I did there… GoT)? This was just the sign I needed to change my plans and take my kids north. My aunt and uncle have a home in Presque Isle, Wisconsin. I don’t know how to describe it the vast beauty and remote feeling you get up there in the Northwoods. The air is different, the lakes are clear and gosh, time seems to move slower. Also, it is a very long drive with babies in the car so we haven’t made the trip in a few years. Now they are older and better able to deal with the drive. When we left home it was warm and summer, but 4.5 hours north we saw the signs of fall. Each day more colors and the air cooler but it also smelled like pine when I ran the trails so I wasn’t too bummed.
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation

We soaked up the cool night air with campfires, built fairy houses, collected toads, splashed in puddles, fished in the lake, ran amazing bike trails, played at the local school park, hiked amidst giant pine trees, ate ice cream in the rain and sat in silence. The best part for me was having my aunt and uncle to help us the entire time. Having 4 extra hands around to help with our busy crew is priceless and truly allowed Scot and I a chance to sit and enjoy the beauty that is the Northwoods. So often having four young children can overwhelm both Scot and I, even when we try to do fun things… imagine fishing with four kids… four hooks, endless casting… worms er’rywhere, keeping a two year old from falling in the water or pushing someone else in the water… having extra hands makes that situation fun and not the perfect storm for tears and frustration!
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation

After a full day of rain, I asked Kenny to take Gus and I out for a sunset boat ride. Gus loved driving us around and we even found a pair of loons!
Northwoods Family Vacation

S’mores & Star Gazing makes for a true Midwestern vacation.
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation
Northwoods Family Vacation

The one and only photo of myself from our trip. Even if I look a little tired, I’m keeping this one… cuz, ya know… proof.
Northwoods Family Vacation

We have a bunch of fun family vacations to look forward to this year. I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it. I’m putting a few house projects on hold to make more memories with my kids. Life is short. Too short. Far too short. I’m going to fill it up to the brim. Do you have any fun vacations coming up you are looking forward too?

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