Dwight Peck's personal website

Summer 2019

A photographic record of whatever leapt out at us

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

Welcome to the Great State of Wisconsin

Our annual summer pilgrimage to the Northwoods

Packing up the car in Virginia for our road trip west -- Choupette is determined not to be left behind (12 June 2019).

In the old days, the cats would run off and hide under the building when they sensed an imminent trip in the car.

Westward through beautiful West Virginia

Interstate 64 through West Virginia

After 20 minutes of very loud and acrobatic panic attacks, Choupette has settled down, snoozing on top of Melvin.

Day 2, passing Louisville, Kentucky

Crossing the Ohio River in Louisville

Another very patriotic car dealer

And still another very patriotic car dealer

-- Are we there yet?

In Champaign, Illinois, who gets to use the catbox first?

The scenic route

'As far as the eye can see'

Six hours of camaraderie into southern Wisconsin

Welcome to the Wisconsin Northwoods (14 June 2019)

Kristin's cottage on Mussent Point . . .

. . . added onto frequently over nearly the past century

Some of the damage of a tough Wisconsin winter on the lake

The boathouse on Mussent Point, dating from 1938 (on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005)

The aging Grumman pontoon boat back in its summer accommodations

The family enclave on Mussent Point

Comfy, but not winterized

Kristin's cottage, looking south from the point

Melvin renewing an acquaintance with a kayak

A quick visit to the centre island, called Adjidaumo

In three years of high lake levels, the tag alders along the shoreline have been weakening, and succumbing to the movements of the winter ice cover.

Representative wildlife along the shore of the South Shore bay (called 'Indian Bay' on the not very PC map, see map below)

We're sneaking up to them on hydrobikes (18 June 2019).

Luckily for them, it's not the deer-hunting season (this is probably a No Hunting zone anyway).

We've been spotted.

Some fancy 'cottages' along the South Shore bay

A quick tour of some of the other fallen trees in the lake, this from a few years ago on the western shore

Another, near Pradt's Point and Mussent Point

And a new one alongside Pradt's Point

And our newest scene of carnage on Mussent Point

A fallen tree, and all the limbs it's peeled off the nearby trees on the way down

What a mess

Choupette has been chasing a fluffy mouse toy all round the house, and unwisely batted it under the chest of drawers (19 June 2019).

Can't quite reach it!


Something's going on out on the lawn.

Something very interesting for cats

Back to our arboreal carnage on the Point

What a mess

The bay or cove just north of Mussent Point, reverting to open water over the past few years of high lake levels

The cat team may be planning something.

The dock and main house of the Mussent Point enclave

Cousin Rob leading through the ancient canal toward the next lake over

Impassable to hydrobikes for quite a few years until the recent rise in the lake level -- always open to canoes and kayaks, though.

The Mirror Lake at the mid-point along the ancient canal

The canal was created in the late 19th century to float logs from one lake to the sawmill on the next one, but the logging industry departed the region more than a century ago.

Kristin's cottage on Mussent Point

Melvin the Doge on the trampoline, surveying the winter's damage (25 June 2019)

What a mess!

The Lake in the Wisconsin Northwoods

Mussent Point is at no. 12.

Summer 2019

Next up: Scenes from the lake (featuring Choupette and Melvin the Doge)

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