While Travalon is out with the guys tonight, I am home taking advantage of the chance to blog. Our condo association meeting last night was totally without contention and wrapped up in one hour, unlike the ones we used to have at my old condo association. Today I took the day off of work and went to Oconomowoc with Travalon to see his mother. All four of us (since Rodney was along) went to Milwaukee, where we stopped at a couple of parks on the shores of the lake. It was a gorgeous day, and after we dropped Travalon's mother off, we went to a tavern called AJ's Pub with a porch overlooking Lake Fowler in Oconomowoc. Then we took a walk around the lake before heading back home.
As promised, here are some photos from our Labor Day weekend trip, as well as our trip last weekend to the Miller Brewery and our trip today to Oconomowoc. First is a picture of Travalon and Rodney on Rib Mountain.
This sign was in a bar we stopped at outside of Minocqua.
This beautiful split waterfall is outside of Ironwood, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.
We laughed so hard at this insulation on a shed outside of St. Mary of the Lake in Ashland: it says "Wraptor" with a picture of a dinosaur!
I just loved these houses across the street from St. Mary of the Lake.
Here is the interior of St. Mary of the Lake:
This is Tom's Burned-Down Cafe on Madeline Island:
We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way back to Hurley.
It's hard to see, but this next picture is of an instrument hanging on the wall of the Blue Bayou in Manitowish Waters. It looks like a strange mandolin.
I just thought this spiral of lichen on Rib Mountain was so cool.
This is a cardinal flower (in the lobelia family) that was blooming at Roche-a-Cri State Park.
For some reason the stream in Roche-a-Cri was red that day.
Here is a shot of Travalon at Ship Rock, not far from Roche-a-Cri.
Another beautiful sunset viewed from the East Side Club.
This old building is the original one housing the Miller Brewery:
This is one of the caves where they kept the beer cool:
Today is the Ides of September, but for some reason the Piggly-Wiggly in Oconomowoc had St. Patrick's Day decorations everywhere. We thought it was so funny that I took a picture of Travalon in front of some of them. Only when we left the store did we notice a sign on the outside noting that it was "halfway to St. Patrick's Day" so Irish beer was on sale.
This odd sculpture is called "The Spirit of Oconomowoc," but what I really liked was the knit cap on the goose-looking thing.
And finally, Travalon and Rodney on the porch of AJ's Pub, with a row of pastel doors behind them.