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View from our guesthouse porch
Rock outcropping above valley
Kitchen area of guesthouse
Guesthouse
A valley south of Boscobel
A quarry in a hollow
Autumn ablaze in a hollow
Exposed rock in a roadcut in a valley
Three crosses on a hill
The path up to the ridge
The Life o' Riley Farm
An old quarry is a delightful guest destination
View of valley from the ridge
Another view of valley from the ridge
Gray day and misty valley
Rocky bluffs on a gray day
Boarding the Merrimac Ferry
Descent into Baraboo from the Baraboo Hills.

After a brutal summer and early autumn of necessary trips, events, and guests, my husband and I just wanted to get away for a few days of tranquil beauty and no responsibility. An intense web search finally yielded a bed and breakfast that was available and looked inviting to us. We went for it! It's called the Life o' Riley Farm Bed and Breakfast and is owned by Mike and Jean Murphy.


Upon arriving, we found a dragon statue on the porch rail and lots of books with very New Age sounding titles, neither of which appealed to us, but everything else about the place was absolutely perfect and lovely. We had our own beautiful guesthouse complete with kitchen and stocked with farm grown and Jean-baked goodies to eat and cook with, and we could wander anywhere we wanted to on the spectacularly scenic property. We were happy.


Mike Murphy had built the guesthouse, called the Granary, and recycled wood from the actual granary that had previously occupied the location. He'd built other things around the place also, and I was quite impressed with his skill. Jean's decorating skills made the guesthouse cozy and comfortable.


In the morning we began our exploration adventures on the property. We drove up to one of the farm's quarries, and I took photos of a rock outcropping and the valley below. Following a breakfast of scrambled eggs seasoned with chives, garlic, and parsley, and topped with sautéed veggies (I cooked), plus caraway rye bread and cinnamon rolls, my granola (Jean had provided some also), farm fresh milk, and apple juice, we headed out in the car to explore.


We wandered in and out of every hollow we could find, enjoying the color of the forests, the streams, the rock outcroppings, the topographic relief of ridges and valley floors. We loved how the land would drop away from the ridges into tree filled valleys and the narrower hollows. The driftless region exudes a sense of closeness and privacy nestled in tranquil beauty.


We stopped at the Boscobel boat landing on the Wisconsin River. The river flows along its floodplain with high bluffs on either side, on some of which are exposed rock outcroppings. At the boatlanding, the view of the bluffs across the river includes a place where someone had set up three white crosses on a rock ledge. The boatlanding itself was a photogenic spot that was not being used by anyone else at the time. We stayed there awhile.


Eventually we headed back to the farm, where we decided to walk the trail up toward the top of the ridge. We found an old quarry that Mike and Jean had told us about, where they had set up a nice area for guests to hang out. It included a grill, a fire pit, a picnic table, and lots of chairs. On a warmer night it would have been a great place to hang out with a set of binoculars and study the stars. We didn't. I took a lot of photos of the valley below, the farm buildings, and the rock ledge backdrop of the quarry.


The next morning we prepared to go home. It was a gray day, unlike the crystal brilliance of the preceding day. We didn't move too quickly; it was hard to leave our little haven.


The trip home was gray and misty, sometimes rainy, still beautiful. We took a scenic route so we could visit the vegetable seller on the corner of highways 21 and 13 and buy many sacks of potatoes. I took more photos capturing what's beautiful about the driftless region: valleys dropping away from ridges, the river road, rocky bluffs. We crossed the Wisconsin River on the Merrimac Ferry, then drove through the Baraboo Hills. I was amazed that any of these photos turned out, as most were shot along highways in our moving vehicle, often through a dirty windshield. My last decent shot was the descent into Baraboo from the hills above.


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