Thursday, July 9, 2009

Spread Eagle and Milwaukee

We're back in toasty Texas, trying to keep alive the vague memories of cool, green Wisconsin. Kind of hard to do when the daytime temperatures here are over 100 degrees. Sometimes I feel like this saguaro:
Actually, that picture was taken in Milwaukee, in the Mitchell Domes Arid exhibit. Kinda felt like home in there!

We're just back from our vacation. We spent the first 6 days visiting friends who have a house in Northern Wisconsin, on the Spread Eagle chain of lakes. We spent our days boating, skiing, tubing, fishing and just generally have a very cool time.

Carolyn and Elena are 10 and 7 (almost 8) now. They are growing up so fast!

We reluctantly left Spread Eagle and headed to Milwaukee, where we met up with Brian's dad and brother. Brian's dad spent World War Two as an Army Air Corps radio school instructor at Truax Field in Madison, and has always wanted to revisit the area. So we persuaded him to travel from New Jersey and spend a week in Milwaukee/Madison with us. We also persuaded Brian's brother to join us (he lives in Maryland). It was fabulous having the whole family together -- we had a great time.

Of course our trip included a Brewers' game. Brian is a big fan of the sausage race, and I couldn't resist snapping this picture of him with two of the contestants:

We spent a day in Madison. Truax Field is still there:

The Boerner Botanic Gardens in Milwaukee are fabulous. The roses were at their peak:

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. We got to spend time with our best friends as well as our family. The perfect vacation!

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