Throwback Thursday: Wisconsin Family Vacations -
Memories of Wisconsin vacations in the 1970s
Ah, those were the days! Summer vacations! Growing up in Wisconsin in the 70’s our family spent summer vacations camping. Some of my favorite memories are from those trips. Cool morning breezes in the summer always take me back to those days.
We had this huge 12 man tent big enough for the four of us and the little porta potty so we didn’t have to hike to the bathrooms in the middle of the night. Of course the tent was green and gold– We LOVE our Packers! I remember the year we forgot the tent poles and Dad had to drive two hours back home to get them. None of us volunteered to go with him though! Can you blame us?!
Pool with a slide
We would have to wait until 10:00 a.m. for the pool to open and for it to warm up enough to go swimming. It’s so funny now but it was quite the thing then if the pool had a slide! I remember learning to dive off the board and how scary it was at first too.
My dad, on the other hand, was a pro, especially at doing a jack knife off the board. Of course, this was back in the day when you took pictures and waited for them to be developed to see how they turned out.
Vacation breakfasts are the best breakfasts
Breakfast on the weekdays always consisted of those little cereal boxes that you pour milk in to and eat right out of the box! It was a treat since we didn’t get those at home, ONLY when we went camping.
On the weekends Mom and Dad always cooked a big breakfast for us: bacon and eggs cooked in the bacon grease. It’s amazing we survived, but oh, how yummy! And, of course, the whole campground smelled like bacon!
Wisconsin vacations: a family tradition
While our days were usually spent swimming from morning till night, sometimes we ventured off for some horseback riding, or mini golf, or hiking. And, if we were camping near the Wisconsin Dells, a trip into town was always in order!
Of course, night time couldn’t come soon enough because it meant starting the campfire. Love, love, love campfires! Star gazing, storytelling and hot dogs on a stick! To this day I will be the last one left gazing into the fire till the wee hours of the morning. Those were some treasured memories though!
The camping tradition has since been passed on to our grandchildren who absolutely love their time camping in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Fishing, hiking, swimming…THIS is how we do summer vacation in Wisconsin!
Get maps and guides for YOUR Wisconsin summer vacation!
Now I’m blessed to be working at the Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center where we have oodles of information to get you started on YOUR summer vacation in Wisconsin. If you’re a happy camper like me the Wisconsin Camping guide and Wisconsin State Park guide will help you find just the right campground. Travel Wisconsin’s Official Travel Guide also offers plenty of ideas for a fun filled summer vacation. Everything from cheese factory tours to winery tours, fests and festivals for the whole family and so much more!
Before you head out on this year’s journey, be sure to stop by and see us! Get your maps and guides so you can check out all the hidden and not so hidden treasures Wisconsin has to offer for this year’s summer vacation!
Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center
Northbound I-39/Westbound I-90 Rest Area 22, Mile Marker 187, Beloit, Wisconsin
Phone: (608) 365-8344
Summer Hours (May through October)
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Winter Hours (November through April)
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.