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Chasing Sunflowers and Family Fun in Middleton, WI

We've seen fields of sunflowers when we've driven through Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, but never had an opportunity to take any photos when they were blooming. I recently learned about a place much closer to home and they were at peak when we visited the Pope Farm Conservancy near Middleton, Wisconsin this week. Stunning. Amazing. Wow. Beautiful. These are just some of the words we heard describing the six acres of sunflowers planted across the rolling landscape.  And it's not just sunflowers one can see. There are seven miles of trails through wildflowers, native grasses, and maybe even wildlife viewing. The farm is open from sunrise to sunset. Admission and parking are free.

We brought a picnic, entered on the Blackhawk Road side of the farm, and ate high above the parking lot, perched on some large limestone rocks. What a glorious view! We could see the ski jump at Blackhawk ski club across the street through the trees. Then we hiked around for a short while, though t…

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