On this day in 1869, influential Wisconsin naturalist, John Muir penned these words in his July 19 journal entry in an effort to capture the experience of awakening for the first time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California:
Watching the daybreak and sunrise. The pale rose and purple sky changing softly to daffodil yellow and white, sunbeams pouring through the passes between the peaks and over the Yosemite domes, making their edges burn; the silver firs in the middle ground catching the glow on their spiry tops, and our camp grove fills and thrills with the glorious light. Everything awakening alert and joyful… John Muir, Entry for "July 19" from My First Summer in the Sierra, 1911. "California As I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900
Courtesy of Library of Congress.
We at the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association couldn't agree more! Our member inns are here to make daybreak a joyful experience. Not only will you be greeted with a delightful breakfast, but many times the grounds also offer spectacular opportunities to fully experience the wonders of nature. While our highest point (Timms Hill at 1,952 ft) is not exactly as awe-inspiring as the Sierra Nevadas, we believe sunrises at our 46 rural inns are definitely camera-worthy! Case in point: Crystal River Inn, Waupaca. Innkeepers Robert and Deb Benada got these great shots around their inn. To plan a getaway focused on bird-watching and nature preserves, we invite you to visit our birding map which will help you locate nearly 400 birding sites within 30 miles of one of our member B&Bs. [caption id="attachment_1261" align="aligncenter" width="559"] Morning Mist at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1262" align="alignleft" width="215"] Indigo Bunting, Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1263" align="alignright" width="300"] Monarch Caterpillar at Crystal River Inn, Waupaca.[/caption]