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Fall Color Tour 2015 – Holy Hill, Richfield, Jefferson and Home!


October 2015

Due to a warm September, the colors peaked a week or so later than usual.  Our first trip was to Holy Hill Basilica on Monday, October 12. We have not been there during fall’s peak before.  It was Columbus Day so it was quite crowded when we arrived around noon. Holy Hill offers a great view anytime you go. Be sure you pick a good weather day, since they close the tower if there are high winds or other inclement weather.

We climbed up the 128 stairs to the top of the right steeple to take in the countryside colors. They were brilliant!

Holy Hill Green Steeple

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It was just as beautiful from the bottom looking up. We found an especially good view with a horse in someone’s yard.

Holy Hill and Horse

And the view from Erin, we got both points of view here!

Holy Hill from Erin

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A stand of beautiful trees to the right of this view on the road below.

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A beautiful hill we found on the way.

Colorful Hill

Earlier in the morning we went to Richfield Historic and Nature Park, just a few miles from Holy Hill.

Richfield Sign and Fall Colors

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We saw the historic Messer/Mayer Mill. They are raising funds for restoration of the mill.

Richfield Mill marker

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Other views in the park.

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Richfield Park History

Richfield Park cabins

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October 16

We were in Jefferson for a wedding photo shoot but came early to get some fall color pictures. They have some beautiful trees and views here.  This is the river from the bridge.

Rock River Fall Colors in Jefferson

The view on the right side of the bridge, Rotary Park.

Rotary Park and Bridge in Jefferson

Downtown the tree by the clock was looking especially pretty, it was barely leafing out when we visited in May.

City Clock in Jefferson

Jefferson Land Office City Clock

There are many beautiful houses in Jefferson, many of them with beautiful trees setting them off in a blaze of yellow and orange. Some had ivy too, adding a special touch.

Ivy House in Jefferson

House with Yellow Tree in Jefferson

Orange Maple in Jefferson

Historic House and trees in Jefferson

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October 21-30

Finished up the month with color at my workplace grounds and near our home.

Fall Color at Work

Our neighborhood looked especially pretty this year.  Our red maple was really showing off (the one on the left)!  A couple leaves were not so happy about the end of summer.

Our red Maple at home

Lone Green Leaf word balloon not changing color

My favorite view was at the train track that goes by our condo community. The colors were peaking the day I got a picture of the Canada Pacific train that runs from Portage to Madison. Here is some video of that train in Portage.

Fall Train CP to Portage

Quite a beautiful and long autumn this year. One for the books!

Pilgrimage to Holy Hill Basilica


5-10-11 and 9-27-02

Holy Hill sign

It was early spring and we had not been here since 9-27-02. We are Catholic so coming here has special meaning.  Holy Hill is beautiful, towering over the Wisconsin countryside atop a glacial hill. This view greets you from the parking lot. Also some history about Holy Hill.

Holy Hill panorama

Mary shrine

Holy Hill plaque

Inside is the original cross first erected by Roman Goetz and Fr. Mathias Werner, the oldest relic at Holy Hill.

Holy Hill Original Cross 1858

Holy Hill Cross History

Outside are many grottos, and the 12 Stations of the Cross depicted in sculpture. You don’t have to be religious to visit here, many just come to enjoy the view from the scenic tower (one of the spires). It’s open from May 1-Oct 31 (weather permitting).

Scenic Tower view  Holy Hill copper spire

The interior of the Basilica is so beautiful.

Inside Holy Hill Basillica

On site is also a gift shop and cafe if you are hungry.  Holy Hill welcomes all visitors year ’round. The view alone is worth it!

Holy Hill Old Monastery Inn Cafe

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