To break up the long drive from Mackinaw City, MI to Muckwonago, WI, we stopped for one night at a Walmart in Marinette, WI. Before we stopped for the night, we made a pitstop at a cheese shop. Our dinner that night was a plateful of cheese and fruit and it was delicious!!
Yes, Muckwonago is the name of the town we stayed in when we went to Wisconsin. It is southwest of Milwaukee and within walking distance of a guy Renee used to do business with at BBI. She made a lot of friends over the years working at BBI and they are spread out all over the country! We decided to just camp for a few days and not do any sightseeing. It was the week of July 4th so our campground was packed. They actually had fireworks at our campground (Country View) and since we were up on a hill we could see about 7 other displays going off in the distance. Of course the girls (Greta and Bella) told us how much they hated the fireworks! You know it is going to be entertaining when your neighbors have a gallon of Southern Comfort on their picnic table and are blaring ACDC - this was definitely country camping!! We love people watching and this journey has been great for that!!
Lou and his wife Karla took us out for a traditional Wisconsin Friday night fish fry. In true form Lou ordered four appetizers; calamari, shrimp, oysters and escargot, then we all had fish dinners, the fried lake perch was delicious and was served with marble bread, butter, coleslaw, maple syrup and potato pancakes. After this gluttonous dinner we headed out so see some fireworks and then to get sundaes! Lou grew up in Muckwonago so he literally knows everyone in town and I think his family owns half the real estate there. We fought over every bill, Lou likes to pay, but we won some of those battles.
After saying goodbye to Lou and Karla we pointed Peg north toward Duluth, MN. Tim did some research on Duluth and also read a book about all of it's outdoor activities. Well, when we were pulling into town our first thought was, wow, it looks industrial and a little dumpy. We were concerned as we drove to Indian Point Campground, the neighborhood looked suspect. We keep learning that we should not judge a book by it's cover (good lesson beyond campgrounds). We wanted to stay close to town and experience Duluth, we really liked our little campground and the town. There were two trails accessible from our campground, one a paved biked path (old railroad conversion) and the other a gravel trail along the St. Louis River. We enjoyed walking the dogs on the trail and Tim was able to run until his heart was content. We both decided we would describe Duluth as a gritty town with a ton of character.
One architectural feature that everyone wants to see in Duluth is the Aerial Lift Bridge. The only other bridge in the world like this one is in Rouen, France!! The bridge has a section that lifts to accommodate boats. See the pics below
Duluth is an old industrial city but they did a great job of taking advantage of all of the waterfront on Lake Superior. There are numerous old brick buildings that are now breweries, restaurants, shops and condos. See the slideshow below of our visit to Duluth!
We enjoyed driving up the north shore and of course the girls got to swim. Spoiled rotten (ok so are we)!!
We had a great time at the Duluth Huskies baseball game, we definitely enjoy going to amateur/minor league games whenever we can. And we are so excited that football season is right around the corner. We hope to take in some small college games! We prefer small/medium sized towns over big cities. We spent enough time in those big cities when we were working!
We cooked a lot in Duluth as they had an awesome co op grocery store there. Renee was in heaven she had to restrain herself as she wanted to buy everything. We did go out to Tycoons one night for a veggie burger and to check out their basement bar. The restaurant used to be City Hall and the basement used to be a jail. Loved the unique space, perfect for a nice romantic cocktail with your honey! However, in the middle of our romantic basement bar experience we were accosted by some lady who was either drunk or not well and she was escorted out. Nothing physical, all verbal but hey the barkeep picked up our tab so no worries!!!
We also had an excellent brunch at At Saras Table Chester Creek Cafe (farm to table and organic). Renee had a Bloody Mary with a side of beer and brie, caramelized apple and nitrate free ham crepes that were to die for. Tim had the greek omelette. This restaurant had great wi-fi so we worked on our blog. It has been hard to find good wi-fi unless you want to go to Starbucks and we are trying to keep it local. Check out the pics below of our brunch, they sure are generous with the ingredients.
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