Hello all– Back from a couple weeks in Wisconsin and it was really a 2 part trip (so more later…). Here’s “Wisconsin– Part #1,” This is the week with Laurel out and about in Madison. I thought about calling this post “Mad About Madison” –I liked it that much! Here’s my faves from our days together:
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the state capitol building!! Laurel’s co-op office is on a corner of the capital square, so she walks straight through the building on her way to work in the morning– a glorious commute!
One afternoon we took off across the countryside, past hilly farmland, stopping in Mt. Horeb and rolling on the Cress Spring Bakery for Pizza on the farm.
Photos: Rolling farmland, Scandinavian shop in Mt. Horeb, pizza picnickers out on the farm.
We spent a morning in the new Madison Public Library–being very fond of libraries (especially this one!), I went back and read through one afternoon there while Laurel was working…
Photos above: back half of the children’s floor, library exterior, Laurel looking over the kid’s book selection, 3rd floor event space looking across the city.
Just loved strolls through Laurel’s neighborhood on Lake Monona, all the stately older houses, lush trees, flowered yards– plus the lake and park along the canal. So different than my little California suburb.
Photos above: Bridge across the canal, two of my favorite houses, morning crew out on the dock feeding ducks.
One day, I wandered across the street from Laurel’s work to stroll through the Wisconsin History Museum– four floors of Indian artifacts, immigrant settlers and things particular to Wisconsin–an afternoon well spent.
Photos above: Indian utensils and satchels, immigrant clothing & religious artifacts
And Laurel and I took drizzly walk through her neighborhood along the lake to Olbrich Gardens to walk past fountains, flower beds, and wooded pathways.
Thanks for your warm and wonderful hospitality Laurel & John–It couldn’t have been more fun! Glad we finally got our picture up on the visitor wall!! (We’ll be back!)