Someday’s turn in Wisconsin – our LAST state on this monumental trek – started near the state’s capital of Madison in the small town of DeForest where dairy farms and pink elephants are the main attractions.
Our home for these short three days was a KOA where we accomplished some schooling, and Wayne and Dori made friends on the playground. A bronchial cold hindered momma a tad so the slow pace was welcome. Jeff’s first order of business was collecting a case of Spotted Cow beer – only sold in Wisconsin!
Our sole venture beyond the campground was a road trip to Madison. Starting at the capital building, we stumbled upon a collegiate expedition of sorts featuring presentations by students of various Wisconsin universities. One in particular caught our eye. It was a prototype of an online game for Yellowstone National Park targeting 4th Graders and the “Every Kid in a Park” program. Our 4th grader was more than happy to be a target tester and loved the program. A photographer snapped her photo for use in a piece summarizing the event – which of course, Dori loved!
Unfortunately, some rough housing as we left the rotunda building resulted in a foot injury for Dori (Note to self: It’s not a good idea to follow your older and much larger brother… especially when it involves jumping from a 4 foot stone wall … onto concrete… in Crocs!) Nevertheless our plan to explore downtown Madison on foot was jettisoned as daddy piggy backed Dori back to the car.
All was not lost as we opted to drive around touring the University of Wisconsin campus including the lake and football stadium/complex. Wayne declared Madison his favorite city after just a couple hours. Maybe we have a future Badger amongst us?
Other stops involved Wisconsin cheese and an odd – although apparently famous – roadside pink elephant. Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet, walking distance from our KOA, gave us our obligatory taste of Wisconsin cheese and Jeff and I marveled at the incredible variety – chocolate cheese, anyone? We purchased curds, string cheese, jalapeño cranberry and summer sausage to support the locals. The pink elephant is a bizarre life size tourist attraction located in a gas station just over the highway from our KOA. Not much more to report here.
Wisconsin means we are one state away from bringing this voyage to a close. It also marks the state where we signed the papers to finally sell our home in Bloomington… with the official close date ironically coming the day before we will return. Ten months. It is crazy how quickly the time goes. One final stop with friends outside Milwaukee before Someday gets a well deserved rest.