02 February 2010

OUR Very Own Island Story Part 1

We have our very own Island Story. Here I am sharing some photos of the home we lived in while living on "our island." We crossed the Wolf River in Weyauwega, Wisconsin to get to it. We had 5 young children ages 10-1 when we first moved in. Our 6th child was born while living here. We enjoyed MANY adventures here. Some good, some bad!! But the adventure was a memorable one and lasted nearly 3 years. We endured spring, summer, fall, and winter on our island paradise. This is part 1 of what I hope to be many posts that I would love to share with my readers.

There was more than just our house on the island. However, ours was the only one that was 'winter proofed' and made to withstand flooding. If you look closely you can see that the home is sitting on large, steal, beams that hold it off the ground to protect it from flood waters which we got to experience the year our son was born. We nicknamed it "Big Blue." (stories and photos to come later)

One fun historical fact about this house is Al Capone used it for a hideout while running from the law. Behind the home is a garage/apartment that some of his men stayed in while here. It was also owned at one time by the Miller Brewing Company. Interesting wouldn't ya say?

Most of the time we were alone on the island. Especially when it was winter like in this photo. The other cottages were summer cottages and during nice weather there were maybe only a few others visiting their cottages off and on. In this picture right at the bottom of it you can see part of the oar of the flat bottom boat we were in. Our pontoon was taken out right before winter and we used other means of crossing the river. During semi/freezing water we crossed over the railroad trestle, walked one mile down the tracks to where we parked our cars. Quite an experience during our grocery shopping trips. And there were a few of them with a family 8.


Emma & Kaydee said...

Just so everyone knows, WE want to live there too. Can we move back mom? Must have been tons of fun according to all the pictures we have of it.

Cinnamon said...

Oh that sounds incredible!! I can't wait to read more stories about your Island. Beautiful home!!


busymomof10 said...

How intriguing! I can't wait for future installments of this story!!! The house is really cute from the outside -- what was it like inside? Did you ever get "cabin fever?"

busymomof10 said...

How was the soup?

Diane said...

Looks like a wonderful, quiet place to live and raise kids. Looking forward to more installments about this great island and home.

Chad and Jessica's Family said...

How interesting. Were you paranoid with the water? I am so nervous around it with my little ones. Do tell us more!!!


Kathy@theshebearofeleven said...

What an adventure living on an island. Looking forward to hearing more. Smart mother to make the children wear the life vests.

Becca said...

Too cool, Tricia! Can't wait to