The ride up was interesting. Ben and I saw bald eagles in Sauk City, scores of deer in the fields along the highway, awesome sandstone structures and every rest area between here and there. The girl and the dog, they need lottsa pee-breaks doncha know. One of us drank A. LOT. of diet Coke on the way! Some of the waysides had cool features like this ode to the Passenger Pigeon...
And a cool sculpture homage to Wisconsin's Law Enforcement...
The five hour highway driving was a cinch! I only got lost when I was about 3 blocks from the Browne's house. They live in a lovely neighborhood. I investigated it thoroughly...for quite some time.
We had lunch and caught up a little and then they took me to the Minnesota zoo. What an amazing place! It's the second largest zoo in the country. Only the San Diego one is bigger. I've been to both and like this one best! We did the inside exhibits where it was warm; the dolphin tank; the shark tank; the birds etc. They had a great variety. We saw:
Afterward we went home and had supper. Terri made a killer beef and lentil crock pot soup that if I can recreate even half as well, I'll post on my kitchen site later on. We visited through the evening and turned in early. I got custody of the two 80# fur beasts, Bentley and his buddy, golden retriever, Brinkley. We three had a sleepover in the family room down stairs. When I say 'sleep over'... they were 'asleep'. I keep getting pushed further 'over' to the edge of the bed. I think I have a new 'bed hog' exhibit idea for the Minnesota zoo!
This morning we went out for breakfast at a little place in their neighborhood that had wonderful food and a colorful waiter who just cracked me up. The funniest thing was watching Sweet Willie suck up pancake bits. Holy Cow! It's a good think he doesn't have a lot of teeth yet or one could loose a finger. I'm thinking of changing his nickname from 'Sweet Willie' to 'Hoover'. The boy does love his food
All too soon, it was time to go and Ben and I hit the open road for the trip back. True to our trip there, we thoroughly investigated the Browne's immediate neighborhood trying to find our highway. We could see it on several occasions, just 'couldn't get there from here'. But finally we were back on track!
[I want to put a THANK YOU here to the Brownes for the road kill rabbit you gave Bentley. He loves it! . He squeaked it all the way to the WI border and then he snuggled it and went to sleep all the way back to Mad-Town. Not one pee break! When we got home, he carried it in the house himself and is now curled up on the sofa with it. You're his favorite Aunt Terri and Uncle Aaron for sure now! Good call!
True to the way that my freaky life goes, this was my view most of the way back to Madison. For those of you who don't recognize it right away, that's the ass end of the Oscar Meyer Wiener mobile.