We stayed at a hotel that had five waterparks (three indoor, two outdoor), a zipline, lasertag, two arcades, and a the coolest playpark for kids that was three stories and looked like the most fun a six year old could possibly have. I really want to bring Owen and Isla here when they get a little older. It is basically a child's paradise.
We spent most of our time on the lazy river, in the hot tub, or battling the waves in the wave pool. And, we braved the scariest, craziest water slide I have ever ridden--the Hurricane. dun dun DUN!!! We also ate ice cream, went on a river boat tour, enjoyed many fires that I started myself (with a switch on the wall), ate tons of cheese, searched for fall foliage, shopped for boots, drank hot chocolate, and tried on hats.
Wisconsin really is a beautiful place.
You might be wondering a little bit about the history of the Dells. Well, fair reader, you have come to the right place. In the mid-late 1800's photographer H.H. Bennett made the Dells famous by creating stereoscopic images of the rock formations. Upon seeing his famous images, people would flock to the area to see the beauty for themselves. Bennett also invented the stop action shutter, which allowed him (and all of us) to take pictures instantaneously, making it possible to capture clear pictures of moving objects. To prove the merits of his invention, he photographed his son jumping between two rock formations. This is the famous picture:
And here is a less famous picture taken by me at the very same place. These days they have a german shephard jump across the formation.
That pretty much sums up our lovely trip. If you ever get the chance, I totally recommend a vacation with these two: