DAY ONE -Madison/ La Crosse

by Jennifer Goolsby July. 01, 2018 1584 views

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.

First state-On Wisconsin...On Wisconsin..

First state-On Wisconsin...On Wisconsin..

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!

Cheese, cheese and more cheese....

Cheese, cheese and more cheese....

They’re only smiling because I threaten to make them do this 1,000 times till I got my picture of a happy family.

They’re only smiling because I threaten to make them do this 1,000 times till I got my picture of a happy family.

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?!?!

Sweaty...monkeys

Sweaty...monkeys

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.

Starry Bucky.. by Observation Point

Starry Bucky.. by Observation Point

She is “petting” the dog

She is “petting” the dog

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!

My favorite piece of furniture.. that I should have attempted to steal in college!

My favorite piece of furniture.. that I should have attempted to steal in college!

MD comtemplating How to tell Davis he is going to Madison.

MD comtemplating How to tell Davis he is going to Madison.

She is already a badger at heart!

She is already a badger at heart!

I mean...

I mean...

Ice cream has perked up the Walking Dead.

Ice cream has perked up the Walking Dead.

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!!

MD would rather sleep in the floor than with Brooks or Bess

MD would rather sleep in the floor than with Brooks or Bess

Tomorrow... across Minnesota to South Dakota’s Souix Falls!

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Ana 1 year, 7 months ago

Loving your awesome blog!!

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