Madtown, Surprise & Visitors!

Posted by on July 26, 2015

Friday 7/24

With lots on our list to do today we started out with a nice breakfast made by Michael.  While he cooked breakfast I did some dishes and made the bed so that we didn’t have a mess to come home to.

Goodies from Camping World!

Goodies from Camping World!

We left home about 9:30 am and headed due west toward Madison.  First on the agenda was a stop at Camping World (technically in DeForest).  Michael wanted to check out the macerator pumps but didn’t find what he wanted so he’ll order via Amazon. I found a few goodies though.

Marker at the corner Washington Ave & Stoughton Rd

Marker at the corner Washington Ave & Stoughton Rd

Then we made several Roadside America stops.  The first stop was at the Elvis Fight Site Marker.  Back in June 1977 while in Madison (for a performance) and driving through the area, around 1 am, he stopped at a gas station to help break up a fight between 3 teens.  This would be his last Madison concert as he died 52 days later.

The carousel that sits in front of Ella's Deli

The carousel that sits in front of Ella’s Deli

The 2nd Roadside America stop was at Ella’s Deli.  We’ve driven past this place numerous time when we lived in the area but never stopped.  Today we stopped…however, we didn’t stay.  The place was absolutely packed with the line out the door and parking lot full.  Maybe we’ll go back some other time.

The Wisconsin State Captiol

The Wisconsin State Captiol

In December 1967, Otis Redding and 7 others were traveling to Madison for a performance.  The weather was bad and they had several warnings not to fly bu ignored the warnings.  The plane  ended up crashing into Lake Monona and it was never determined what caused the crash.

Michael reading the plaque at the Otis Redding Memorial

Michael reading the plaque at the Otis Redding Memorial

There is a memorial on the roof of the Monona Terrace overlooking Lake Monona.  It’s a very pretty spot with a semi-circular bench with a stone monument in the middle.

We had planned to stop at the National Mustard Museum but had a change of plans…I guess that will happen another day.

While we were out touring we made a stop at the building site of our son, Dan’s, new home.  The target date for the home to be complete is October 15.  At this point all of the frame-work is done and all of the windows and doors are in place.

Work in progress!

Work in progress!

The doors were locked but there were 2 basement windows that were wide open so Michael went inside and then unlocked a door for me to come in through.  We enjoyed wandering around inside the house.  It’s going to be beautiful and has a pretty view of the pond across the street.

Pretty little pond across the street

Pretty little pond across the street

While we were at the house we decided we might as well just drive the 30 miles to where Dan & Amanda are temporarily lodged in Dodgeville.  That way we could surprise them, get hugs from Alex & Ben and Michael could check out there area where we’ll be parking the coach and determine what he’ll need to get us power and sewer.

We had plans to go to the Madison Mallards game with Dan & Amanda (and the boys) that evening and decided to have dinner before the game at the Esquire Club in Madison.  We got there about 5:30 and thankfully we had reservations as the placed was packed!  Luckily we didn’t have to wait more than a couple of minutes to be seated.

Michael, Amanda and I all got the cod fish fry while Dan got a steak.  The boys shared chicken strips and fries.  Being our first fish fry in a year it hit the spot…it wasn’t the best but it certainly wasn’t the worst.  Presentation was really lacking…and that’s not something I really care much about so if I mentioned it…you know it was bad.

Alex enjoying an ice cream cone while holding Papaw's hand and watching the game

Alex enjoying an ice cream cone while holding Papaw’s hand and watching the game

The Mallards ball park was just a mile from the restaurant but by the time we got there (about 7:00 pm) there was no parking to be had.  The ballpark lots were full and they were directing people across the street to the shopping center which was full.  We ended up parking next to a curb in the ballpark lot and dared anyone to ticket us!

We’d chose to sit in the ‘backyard’ which is a grassy area out in the outfield which worked great for the boys to be able to go between Mama & Daddy’s blanket and Nana & Papaw’s blanket easily enough.  There wasn’t much room to sit by the time we drove around in circles looking for parking so we ended up sitting with a group in between us.

The poor Mallards didn’t have a good night.  By the time we sat down they were down 2-0 and by the time we left at the top of the 7th they were losing 12-0 so we didn’t feel too terribly bad about leaving early.  We each had over an hour drive to get home and it was already 9:30 pm.

We loved seeing our Wisconsin Barnett’s but it wasn’t too hard to say goodbye as we’ll see them again next Saturday.

Saturday 7/26

Brother Rick

Brother Rick

We stayed home all day today…but….we had visitors!  My brother, Rick, (3rd oldest) and his daughters Saralynne and Desiree came to visit.  They got here somewhere between 1:30 and 2:00 and we chatted, laughed and exchanged stories until almost 9:00 pm when the mosquitoes got so bad that they might have carried us away if we hadn’t run for cover.

Nieces Saralynne and Desiree

Nieces Saralynne and Desiree

I made Amish Haystacks for dinner and the went over very well…now I just have to remember to get the recipe to Rick and Saralynne!  This was what we had for lunch the day we went on our Amish Countryside Tour during the Heartland Rally last month in Goshen.  It’s a great dish for a crowd as most everything can be done beforehand with little left to do when guests arrive.

We saw Rick and Saralynne last year while we were at this park but it’s been 3 years since we saw Desiree and at age 16 she’s changing quickly!  We really enjoyed our visit with all three and hope it’s not another 3 years before we see them all again.

 

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