While some of my family were out here in the states i decided that i wanted to see somewhere new with them. We thought about St Louis but after travelling through the city on the way down to Louisiana a couple of months ago i didn’t really like the look of it so we picked out Milwaukee, Wisconsin instead. It would be a new state which they could say they had been to and there were a couple of interesting things for us to look into.
We got some shopping in on the way up before finding our hotel and going back into the city to have a look around. It was nothing compared to the day before in Chicago although the lake front looked nice and we walked the streets a little. The next day we decided on the Milwaukee County Zoo which was apparently one of the best in the country. It was either spring break that week and everyone was away or spring break was over and all the kids were in school but either way the zoo was pretty dead. It was pretty great to be able to walk round a quiet zoo though even if they were still in winter mode and some of the bears asleep and the shows not running. We were able to get really close to some lions who were walking backwards and forwards down a long glass window that you could go right up to and they had a lot of animals i don’t think i’d seen before. They had a couple of African Elephants which were an impressive sight and a tank that held all of the common fish from Lake Michigan which was fun to think about. We finished the day with some Geocaching as there happened to be a trail of them down the river outside our hotel. We managed to find all but one and saw some pretty cool hiding spots (some of which took us a while to find).
Before we made our way back to Aurora we went to the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Museum. It was pretty awesome to see all the old school bikes from way back at the beginning of the company. They had lots of gadgets and games for the child in me to play on as well as some bikes for us to sit on. I’ve never really ridden one apart from a dirt bike one time but these new models which could seat two of us were soooooo comfy!! I think it would be a pretty cool ride on the back of one of those going across the US or something.
To finish off the week before they flew home again i took them to their first baseball game watching the Kane County Cougars. We had good seats one row back from the front just behind first base (on second thoughts we realised that we were in the spot most likely to get fly balls come at us but we were lucky the whole game and none came our way). We had a really good time and i got to show them some of the American game food like funnel cake and dipin dots. Our last full day together we spent at Starved Rock State Park and i took one of my friends I’ve made here along with us. Compared to the last time i went, there was a bit more water around so the waterfalls were flowing and we got some great photos. It also happened to be one of the warmest days of the whole week so we melted our way around the canyons. It was really nice to be able to get them out there to see something other than the city or suburbs.
And then it was Sunday which meant a bit of present shopping and a new bag to pack up most of my things and send them home at the same time. Luck would have it that i could send pretty much everything home for free on their tickets so i took advantage and sorted my stuff down to only the essentials that i will need on my upcoming trip across the US at the end of my time here. The weather could only last out so long and i actually left them at the airport with an approaching storm which ended up delaying their flight for a couple of hours while i had to battle home in the crazy rain. It was an awesome week and i LOVE that they were able to come over and spend some time with me. I’m so looking forward to being home again in a few months for longer than three weeks this time haha!! Thanks for a great holiday! x