Day 155, Madison

Now this is a cute town ! I could really live here … If they didn’t get 6′ of snow each winter that sticks around until May ! (And a howling rainstorm outside the Rv right now that the locals think is nothing . It’s something !)

We went downtown and started by touring the Capitol – best one yet ! Amazing history in their paintings , but the stone that it is built out if is really the show stopper – wow oh wow is that place beautiful ! The stone came from 6 countries and 8 other states , but even the marble from Wisconsin is pretty . In 1998, they were in the middle of a $106 million dollar renovation – and they did it right . Glad we got to see the finished product .

Best part of the tour was the repeated references to “the western territory ” and how remote the east coast people thought Wisconsin was . Reminded me of going to school in Delaware and having people be confused about where Oregon was .

We went to the observation deck and took in the 360 views with a hundred other tourists . The kids were glad to see we’re not the only nerds who like capitols . They use the 4 streets that form a square around the Capitol for a thriving farmer’s market . We could tell the vendors and people were so happy to be out in the sun . The temp said 72, but it felt like high 80’s.

We walked down State Street to the University of Wisconsin. Wow, nice shopping and restaurants. You could spend a week and not get into all of them . The street entertainment was great , but the hundreds of cyclists were even better – it’s a very bike friendly town .

Went into the school bookstore and Dan donned the hat below – much to the chagrin of our teenagers !

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The campus itself is set up on a hill , and Eliza and I were glad we hadn’t tried to look good – we both had on sensible shoes . Quite the trek down to Lake Mandota, but worth it . A few thousand other people on the shore agreed – the place was hopping! Sailing lessons , restaurants , swimming – it was all packed . I was quite proud of myself for NOT diving in and embarrassing the kids yet again .

But Dan did again !!! Driving out of town , Dan saw an Erik’s bike shop car and rolled down his window to say hello . We had a nice chat with Jim and I am forever off the hook for talking to the guy from Denmark in traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. The kids couldn’t believe it !

About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is www.gojacobsons.com and my current blog is sallysbendblog.com. Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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