I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July weekend! I'm going to start recapping our Wisconsin trip today!
We flew from Portland to Minneapolis/St. Paul and didn't get in until almost nine p.m. local time. We had to wait around so Michael could find out the outcome of game seven of the NBA finals (he's a huge Lebron fan) and he seriously almost cried when the Cavaliers won.
After we got the rental car, we drove a little over halfway to Madison. We reserved a room at a hotel in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. One thing that struck me about Wisconsin that first night (this was my first trip to the midwest) was holy crap, how are there ten mile stretches of the highway with no exits?! Aside from that, the thing I noticed is there were constantly giant billboard advertisements for McDonald's. At one point, when we were deep into a super long stretch with no exits, there was a massive lit sign in the middle of nowhere...and it ended up being for McDonald's. So odd.
We woke up in Black River Falls and went to a little restaurant called The Mocha Mouse for breakfast.
They also had a cheese shop, so obviously we hit that up, because when in Wisconsin...
We bought cheese curds (my fave), a smoked cheddar, and chicken soup flavored cheese (which was so bizarre because it tasted just like it...it freaked me out).
The reason for the Madison leg of the trip was to see my friend Abby, who I met and lived with in Australia. She's one of my best friends, and she's been out to the PNW three times and this was my first time visiting her! We went to the UW Madison campus, which I officially declared the coolest campus ever. I've never been to a campus that just sits right on the edge of a lake. I also haven't been to a campus that has a bar on site, aside from in Australia. I would've loved being able to be on campus, order a glass of wine or a cider, walk a few feet and be sitting on the waterfront (I know that most of the school year is dreadfully cold though, so I may be romanticizing it a bit).
Hashtag awkward foot.
Hashtag Michael's pose idea. (Alternate hashtag: favorite dress ever [which is on sale for $8!!!]!)
We also stopped at the UW Madison bookstore and modeled some cheeseheads. I really wanted to buy a cheesehead and wear it at the wedding, but it just didn't happen. Womp womp.
This picture is now one of my favorite pictures of all time.
After that lovely lakeside/cheesehead experience, we went to Culver's, at my request. Abby used to work there, and she told me how much better frozen custard is than ice cream, so I obviously needed to try it. We got fried cheese curds and concrete mixers (aka a DQ blizzard but with custard, basically) and I can't decide if I wish we had Culver's here because oh my gosh holy deliciousness or if I'm glad we don't because I would weigh significantly more than I do.
Abby's boyfriend grilled dinner for us and then we went out for drinks that night. And the next day we got an early start to head to Devil's Lake, where we rented a paddleboat! It was a first for me, but I've only wanted to do it for at least fifteen years since they did it in 10 Things I Hate About You. It was tons of fun. (Excessive photos/no words to follow.)
We went to the outlets at the Wisconsin Dells after that and I made my first ever purchase from Express. For all you bloggers out there obsessed with pineapples, run to your nearest Express outlet and see if they have this shirt (it's white with pink pineapples, if you can't tell)!
We went to dinner with Abby's parents and then we went to a bar where Abby's boyfriend had a volleyball game. Summer is huge in Wisconsin since so much of the winter is miserable, so they have bars with sand volleyball courts everywhere. Abby's boyfriend is on three different teams--he has volleyball after work on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights! As Abby's mom said at dinner, Wisconsinites try to cram as much fun into summer as they can.
The next day we went to breakfast at a diner and headed out for the two and a half hour drive from Madison to Green Bay!
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