Back Home in Milwaukee!
Our latest travels took us from the quiet campground at Ada Lake to the Wisconsin State Fair Campground in Milwaukee, WI. The 4 hour drive was uneventful and we were able to avoid the rush hour traffic in the city. The campground at State Fair Park is more like a parking lot than a campground, but it’s ideally located to visit all of our favorite places in Milwaukee. The contrast from the quiet of Ada Lake was striking, however. Ada Lake was pitch black at night and extremely quiet. At State Fair Park the street lights light up the night and the I94 highway noise is a constant. It’s like living on the Vegas Strip if the Strip was next to an expressway.
It was great to catch-up with Suze’s Mom, Linda and some old friends. I even got to play a little golf with fellow BOB’er and lifelong friend Mark. Our timing was perfect as Mark, Sarah, and their daughter Ameila just returned from their own adventure visiting Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
On Friday, we were able to bike the Hank Aaron trail from State Fair to the lakefront in Milwaukee. The Hank Aaron trail is a 14 mile bike path that runs east-west from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee-Waukesha county line. It provides access to State Fair Park, Miller Field, the Domes, and the Summerfest Grounds.
On our ride we were able to visit some of our favorite Milwaukee places.
Milwaukee in the summertime is beautiful. It’s not a city that you hear talked about that way, but it is truly a great place to spend the summer. There is always something going on - festivals every weekend in the different neighborhoods, Summerfest, the lakefront (I can’t emphasize this enough!), beaches, bike trials, great city parks, the art museum … Milwaukee is a hidden gem.
Sunrise at the Milwaukee Lakefront.
There are a large number of geese at the Milwaukee lakefront. On our bike ride we were forced to dodge a great deal of goose droppings. I asked Suze, “what do geese eat? Fish? Or do they eat the water plant life.” Suze responded, “I don’t know what they eat, but it obviously doesn’t agree with them.” Classic Suze!
We’re off to Door County! It might be a while before we return to Milwaukee, but it was great to be back home for a few days. We’ve lived in many states and in many cities, but Milwaukee is still home.
Oh, and by the way, Canadian Geese are grazing animals that eat roots, shoots, stems, seeds, grass, grain, bulbs, berries, and insects. They can also submerge their heads in water and graze on aquatic plants. I think they are getting too much fiber!