To start off, I’ve gotta tell you that Abigail LOVES cows and goats and sheep….and we are in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, so guess what? She goes bug-eyed crazy at just the hint of a cow in the distance or the smell of a cow in the air as she hangs her head out the car window. And as soon as she starts barking, Agnes has to join right in….not even looking in the direction of the cows. She is so weird. LOL! I love my pups, but I’m gonna go deaf with Abigail’s high-pitched bark in my ears. Oh, and when Abigail goes nuts, Agnes gets the nervous farts! And it smells HORRIBLE…..just like Joe’s Limburger cheese! My dad would be so proud of her. LOL!!
When we loaded stuff in the camper to prepare for this trip, we kinda went a little overboard. Our “list” was pretty extensive and we have found that we packed a lot more than what we needed. One thing is 175′ of water hose. Yip, 175′! We’ll definitely need it though when we stay off the grid and need to pull in water from a creek or river to put through the filtration system. Of course, we have every tool under the sun on board also. BUT, we’ll eventually be thankful that we packed the “whatchamacallit” in about 7 months down the road. 🙂
A couple of days ago, Joe did some rearranging of the storage spaces to make things more convenient and accessible. He moved the water filtration system to the top of the large box on the back and moved the ladder to the storage space under the camper and this made for lots of extra space.
One thing Joe decided was that we needed to get a chair bracket made to mount some chairs and small table to the top of the large box at the back of the camper. This way I could easily grab a chair and table to work on the blog if he was out with the pups. We Googled “metal fabrication near me” and found Kingsland Welding and Fabrication just a few miles down the road from the KOA. Andrew Kingsland is the owner and per his website he “has over a decade of welding and metal fabrication experience in commercial buildings and large industrial projects across the United States.” Joe talked with him just a few minutes and Andrew knew exactly what was needed. As soon as Joe got back in the vehicle after talking with Andrew, he was about to have a coronary just telling me about how phenomenal the shop was and how amazing the Siegmund-type welding table was that he used. Of course, I know hardly anything about fabrication, so all I could do was sit there and listen to him rave about how unique Andrew was. You’d think Joe was a 6 year-old at Disney World! HA!! Andrew completed the mount that same day including powder coating and adding his unique logo to the end. So, if you’re ever in the DeForest area and need some fabrication done, check out Kingsland Welding and Fabrication on County Road V in DeForest and you will not be disappointed. Guarantee it!
The other day, we ventured up to La Crosse, WI which is about 2 hours northwest of us. The city is on the Mississippi River and the downtown area is very clean and has some beautiful buildings. I probably took more pictures than necessary of the old buildings, but I just couldn’t help myself. While there, I had to stop in the Duluth Trading Company and pick up some new pants and shoes for me and a shirt for Joe. Love their stuff! While I was shopping, Joe took the pups out walking through the city to check out some new smells and sights. (BTW, there are lots of squirrels in the city.) This was some much-needed “Lori time.” LOL! I also perused an old used record shop to find a Dave Brubeck album for our friend, Stan Mohr, a US postal carrier in Kentucky. He mentioned on Facebook the other day that he was looking for it, so I was gonna nose around a bit to see if by chance this place had it. Unfortunately, they didn’t, so I just ordered it on Amazon and he received it yesterday. This is his response via text when he received it: “WAS THAT YOU? What a great record and great surprise! Just hitting the street now, so I’ll text later about what a great record it is, the one I hoped to find used somewhere. Thanks so much!!”
We took day-trips over to Lake Michigan, Monroe and up to Door County. Unfortunately, most everything by the Lake and in Door County is closed until May, so our time was pretty much just spent driving around and soaking in the scenery. Can’t express enough the beauty of this state. So much to see and do here. And folks are just downright friendly here! Everywhere we go, folks go out of their way to greet you and make sure you are being taken care of (except for this crappy oil lube place I mention below). If it didn’t get so crazy cold up here, I wouldn’t mind settling up here, BUT because it does get cold as the dickens, we WON’T. Nope! 🙂
We made a stop at Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts to check out their stuff and Joe pounced on this Icelandic dark chocolate bar. He claims it is the best he’s ever had. If it ain’t white chocolate, I want no part of it, so he ate the entire bar all by himself….all “7 servings.”
We came across this critter on the side of the road the other day. A self-propelled speed bump that was 3′ from tail to nose. Can’t say I’ve ever seen one of these up close.
Oh, and did I mention that Joe is normally the breakfast maker in the family? I specialize in lunch and dinner, but he is the one that rustles up the oatmeal, malt-o-meal or grits. Well, he was doing laundry again the other day, so I decided to pitch in and make some malt-o-meal. Yip, screwed that up. I forgot the salt. And boy did he make sure I knew that. He toots his horn so loud about his “breakfast making” skills, that he wakes up all the neighbors. He is uncontrollable! LOL!
Made another trip to the Chalet Cheese Co-Op in Monroe yesterday ’cause Joe was almost out of Limburger. And we definitely don’t want that to happen….at least not when we are within an hour of restocking! Don’t know what he’ll do when we run out of this batch and we are in the middle of South Dakota! Wait! They ship! I feel much better now. 🙂
We made a stop at the Alp and Dell cheese shop and stocked up on some more cheese and beef sticks. They have a place where you could watch them make the cheese and we checked that out. Real informative. Pretty cool place with tons of cheese, meat and wine.
Had to run some errands yesterday and getting the car serviced was on the list. Went to a car lube place down in Sun Prairie that advertised a 25% military discount, but that place was soon shot down. Joe wasn’t in there more than 3 minutes when he turned around and left. The attitude of the service guy was nothing short of deplorable. I don’t care what the discount is, no place is gonna get my business if they have crappy customer service. Nope, we just went across the street to Broadway Tire and Auto and got quick stellar service and a 10% military discount. Money and time well spent!
Here’s some photos from this week.