After my kids discover just how much more crap they could add to our upgraded can... we took off! Granted we could now survive out of this van for a year... but we won’t get into that.
Our first stop is my beloved college town, Madison! If you‘ve never been.. GO! Just maybe not in 93 degree heat, with a senior, a teenager and a heat sensitive kid. We looked, we tasted and we sweated...and Bess danced and twirled like it was a cool 73 degrees!
As a means to cool off and sit down, we went into the Capital. I got to show off where I used to work, I was on the Capital Restoration team, and explore. The kids loved this.....or maybe it was the air conditioning, and mom loved the bench she found directly in front of an air vent!! We also discovered you could go up to the dome and see the city from the observation deck.. who knew?!?!
Madison currently has a “Bucky on Parade” all across the city and the kids loved trying to find as many as possible. This was a Favorite for Brooks.
After the Capital and lunch at the Tipsy Cow...maybe a beer and margarita were consumed... off to the showplace of UW... Memoral Union and it’s terrace!
We indulged in Babcock Hall ice cream, which is made in campus by the dairy students, and dipped our ties into the lake! Bess observed a ”UW serving size” beer a student was carrying and was like,”Mommy, look at the cup, do you think she is gonna drink all that?” .... “Ahh, yes dear... and many more!” Little did she know that is the best park of student life at Madison... summers in Madison of the terrace!
I might have subtly tried to tip the scales for UW Madison over U of Alabama, by pointing out the 1,000 bikini-clad ladies lounging on the piers around the lake. We could call that manipulative .. or knowing your audience! Miles seemed to find the value in UW!
Overall, I think my kids understand that Madison is a WAY BETTER choice than Alabama... and that they will be dead to me if they don’t choose it...
After Madison, we jumped into the van... and set off for our first Air BnB experience in LaCrosse. I might have forgotten to share the details of the reservation with my mom and kids... like we were all crammed into a room and we shared the bathroom with the owners... but overall, it was very nice!!! The kids were like, “Ahh mom, we showered yesterday!” And I was like, “Enjoy a private shower now, because tomorrow it’s a public shower!!!!” Nana did an awesome job of not strangling me in front of the kids!
We cooked dinner in their kitchen, played with their dogs, wrote in our travel journals...then passed out cold!!
Tomorrow... across Minnesota to South Dakota’s Souix Falls!