It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been gone for two months. On the one hand, I look back at previous posts and see all the places I’ve visited and experiences I’ve had and think “Wow! I’ve done A LOT!” But then on the other hand, I look at a map of the US and think “I’ve barely scratched the surface.” It’s a good thing I’ve still got another 10 months of travel time. And while I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends all around the country, what has made this trip extra special is all the new friends I’ve made along the way. I seriously can’t think of a single day where I haven’t met someone new. Bottom line – this is by far the most fun I’ve ever had.
Alright, I’m done waxing nostalgic or proselytizing or whatever you want to call it – time to get caught up on the rest of the weekend’s activities…
After a second night of deep dish pizza (oof), one last load of laundry and a final hot bath at Val’s, I left Chicago on Sunday afternoon bound for Milwaukee. Since I had only spent the one night in Wisconsin after the Raiders/Packers game, it had always been my intention to come back here and spend more time exploring this beautiful state. After a stroll along the River Walk and a requisite visit to The Fonz statue, I wandered down to the Historic Third Ward just in time to enjoy their Labor Day weekend art festival. While I managed to restrain myself from buying anything (a first!), I collected a lot of cards for follow up. I’m also including a better picture of the “Wisconsin Welcomes You” sign since the first one from a couple of weeks ago wasn’t so hot. I particularly like the picture of the random potted orchid hanging from a street lamp.
I decided to park in the Upper East Side neighborhood which is right on the lake and has the most beautiful homes. Right after I arrived, I got out of the MoHo to walk Juno and said hello to Julie and Michael, a couple sitting on their porch across the street. Within 5 minutes, I had given them a tour of the MoHo. Within 10 minutes, I was sitting on their porch with them enjoying a pineapple habanero margarita. I ended spending a wonderful evening chatting with them and Juno had lots of fun playing with their dog Beau – so much so that I decided I’d come back the next night!
Labor Day started with a leisurely drive along N Lake Dr, taking walks along Lake Michigan and exploring Whitefish Bay.
After that, it was time for some baseball! I got a $25 SRO ticket for the Cubs/Brewers game at Miller Park. The SRO ticket was definitely the way to go as I ended up standing on the 1st base line right behind the first section of seats. Awesome place to watch the game! The highlight was watching the sausage race – Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo. I’m not exactly sure who won (I think Italian?) but does it really matter? I enjoyed a delicious Banh Mi Brat. I also ended up hanging out with Andrew, who was up from Chicago, but as it turns out was originally from San Luis Obispo and went to Cal. And the craziest part is he is going to the same med school that my grandfather attended!! Small small world…
Spent the late afternoon enjoying Lake Park before heading back to the Upper East Side and to Julie and Michael’s place. My timing was perfect – Juno and I were invited in for a fantastic dinner. Another great day…
I’m here in Milwaukee for a bit longer – going to look at a couple of houses this afternoon – and then it’s off to Madison for a couple of days.
Wrapping up this post, I thought I’d share some pix of Juno taken over the last few days. He has been the best travel companion – he truly makes himself at home no matter where we are. My favorite pic is the one of him standing on the shore of Lake Michigan with his cute little ears blowing in the breeze.
I love him so much!