Double D and I only got to take a short trip to Milwaukee this summer for our annual vacation. He has friends that live up there, and I had never been, so we decided to spend some time there. Since we were trying to pack a lot into three days, we didn’t get to see everything that we probably should have, but here are some stops we made.
The Milwaukee Art Museum has literally one of the coolest art installations that I’ve ever been a part of. We arrived right before noon, and got to see the wings actually opening to create a sunshade for the inside hall. It was fun to see all 72 fins open as we watched. The view from the hall of the water is pretty spectacular, and of course, the art within is worth seeing.
The next stop was the Basilica of St. Josaphat. This place is just absolutely breathtaking, and once you know the history of it, it is even more special. One of the most interesting facts I learned is that this building was created used the body of a Chicago Post Office that was going to be razed. It was finished in 1901. It wasn’t until 1926 that the inside was painted, which took two years to do. I love history, so this stop was very cool to see.
As I said earlier, Double D has a couple of friends that live there. One evening, we drove up to Random Lake, WI to visit. We ate dinner at the Random Lake Pizzeria. While the pizza we got was incredibly good, the thing that I enjoyed the most was the fresh farm strawberries that the owner shared with me. He makes his own ice cream to sell at the shop, and one of the flavors that night was strawberry. We got to talking, and I told him my story of picking wild strawberries out of our field when I was little, and that the taste couldn’t be beat. He came back to our table with just a bowl of the little strawberries, which I have to say I ate like crazy. What a wonderful memory to go with my childhood experiences.
The next day we traveled to the Historic Third Ward, and walked around down there. It is a really cool area, with lots of shopping, all among the old warehouse buildings. It also backs up to a river, so we hung out there a bit, watching people going by on kayaks and boats.
We also ate lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market, which was a fun experience. We couldn’t buy too much food, because we were traveling, but our lunch was pretty tasty.
We continued on to the Lakefront Brewery to go on a tour. Let me tell you, it was hilarious! Those guys must have so much fun at their jobs. If you like beer, and laughing a lot, go ahead and take the tour. It was fun, and you get to have several different kinds of beers.
That evening we traveled once again up to Port Washington to meet up with another friend. Port Washington has a quaint downtown area, and it’s right on Lake Michigan. We went to the Upper Lake Park, which has a beautiful view.
We decided to take the 83 steps down to the beach area. There were a lot of people playing in the water, but it did seem a bit cold for me. We could also see the Breakwater Light from here. It was time to hike back up the 83 steps, but I was glad we did, because the view was amazing.
We had dinner with Double D’s friend, and then we decided to walk out to the Breakwater Lighthouse. They had been doing construction on the walkway, and had just opened it back up for people to go out to the light. A bit more information can be found at this website, and the second B&W picture on the right shows the length of the walkway. The walkway is about 2500 feet out to the lighthouse, which is a bit under half a mile. It was a beautiful evening, and a lot of people were out there fishing.
And that was pretty much it, as the next day we headed back home. Such a quick trip, but I know we can go back to do more. Had a great time in Wisconsin!
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