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Camp Wandawega.

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Camp Wandawega.

Erik Engstrom

The Great Outdoors either barfed all over me or I spent the weekend at Camp Wandawega. You decide.

Amongst the woods of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, there’s a plot of land that seems trapped decades ago. Camp Wandawega. A cultural hotspot for hipsters and photographers alike to come and experience the time capsule that is the Camp.

This past weekend I had the pleasure to venture to Wisconsin with a group of good friends. While we were there for business, it’s too hard not to play. Hatches were thrown, coffee was made, canoes were put into the water, and I almost got frostbite. Or I think I almost did.

During our time at Wandawega, nostalgic memories of summer camp infiltrated my mind: fishing off the dock, campfires & s’mores, and sneaking out late to kiss a girl. Don’t tell my parents I did that.

David & Tereasa (innkeepers/owners) have captured vignettes of yesteryears that satisfies all generations. My grandparents would host 'Cousins Camp’ at their cabin in northern Minnesota and their aesthetic was just as appealing and delightful as Wandawega. They’d be proud to see this camp. But also, those young twenty-some, city-living hipsters are happy to leave the skylines for this bright, Wes Anderson-like vibe. It’s no wonder why this is an Instagrammer’s dream.

While at Camp, I couldn’t help but feel the overwhelming sense of ‘cozy.’ It could be the reminders of my childhood or the fact that the Camp made me feel like a kid again. I felt alive and myself. Animated to have fun and energetic all day long. Just like summer camp.

I was sad to say toodles to the precious camp, but happy I left my pillow behind. Fortunately, I could spend an hour chatting with David & Tereasa. They shared more treasures about the property. My weekend just scratched at the surface of what Wandawega has. I’ll have to come back.

Sign me up for next summer!

erik.

let all you do be done in love.