MKE Adventures

Last Friday morning, I was on a plane to Milwaukee, to spend a long weekend with my sister and brother in law! I have lots of pictures to share from our adventures!

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First thing’s first, we walked to the Public Market to grab a snack.  We spent some time walking around downtown before picking up our race packets for the Rock ‘n Sole Quarter Marathon.  Then we walked to the Northwestern Mutual building, where Thayne works, and he met us to walk to the apartment.

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We had lunch at one of their favorite taco places, then headed to the zoo!  It was a hot, hot day, but we got to see lots of animals out and about.

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Friday night, Kristen cooked up some spaghetti, and we watched the Martian on HBO – great movie, by the way!

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Saturday morning was the Rock ‘n Sole Quarter Marathon – check out my recap here.

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Saturday afternoon, Kristen and I went to see Me Before You, which was a good movie, we both cried, ate nachos, and enjoyed the movie!  Afterwards, Kristen, Thayne, and I rode our bikes (I rode Kristen’s old road bike) to a beer garden about 4 miles from their apartment.  This beer garden was super neat; it was right off the biking trail.  I don’t think there was any parking nearby, you had to get to it by the trail.  Thayne had a beer, Kristen had a hard cider, and I had a lemonade.  There was a gorgeous river on the other side of the garden, and the atmosphere  was just really cool.

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There were several of these little caterpillars that we enjoyed watching crawl all over the place.

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Once we were finished with our drinks, we biked the 4ish miles back to the apartment!

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For dinner on Saturday, we tried out an empanada bar downtown.  I don’t think I’d ever had empanadas before, but they were super delicious.  It was Kristen and Thayne’s first time there, and I doubt it will be their last! It was good!

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Sunday morning, it was much cooler outside than Friday and Saturday.  We went outside with the kitties for a while, and Tucker even jumped for a bird! Don’t worry, he missed by a mile!

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Kristen and I went on a 25 mile bike ride Sunday morning, too.  25 miles is a long way! Kristen rode her fancy new tri-bike, and I rode her road bike.  It was a lot of fun, we rode on the trails in Milwaukee county, and it was really pretty.  The weather was cooler, there were lots of people out, and it was really fun to bike with Kristen.  It was also my very longest bike ride (so far)!

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We stopped at this cool turtle statue thing on our way back.  We both thought Mom would like it; when we passed it, I said “I think Mom would like this,” and Kristen said she thought the same thing every time she rode by it.

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Sunday afternoon, we did a little shopping, and hung out at the apartment.  Monday morning, after Thayne went to work, and before Kristen came home from training at the gym, Mookie, their other cat, sat on me.  She isn’t a huge cuddler, she sits near you, but not really on you.  I think this was the first tie she has ever laid on me, and she did it in the most Mookie way possible.

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Once Kristen got home, we ate some delicious hamburgers at a cute little cafe, then went kayaking! Neither of us had ever been kayaking before, and there’s a little lagoon right by Lake Michigan, near her apartment, that offered kayaking.  You’ll be happy to know that neither of us tipped over, and we had a blast!  I definitely need to do this again, I think there is kayaking at Shawnee Mission Park.  The lagoon had lots of moss growing, and we saw a few ducks.  We had the lagoon to ourselves for a little bit, then there were 2 other kayaks and a few paddle boats. I think we kayaked and explored around the lagoon for about an hour.  This was SO. MUCH. FUN!

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After kayaking, we went to Atwater Beach, which I had visited a couple years ago, with Mom, Dad, and Kristen.  We put our toes in the water, and it was pretty chilly! We walked all the way down and then back up the 100+ stairs to check out the beach.

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Once we got back to the apartment, it was time for me to fly back.  I had a wonderful time in Milwaukee with Kristen and Thayne. I’m so happy I was able to fly up for a long weekend.  Thanks for having me, sissen and brovver! ❤

2 thoughts on “MKE Adventures

    • The photo by the turtle is her old road bike. She has the curly handlebars on them, and aero bars too. The photo of the 3 of us, you can kind of see her tri bike in there, it’s black, pink, and teal. It’s super light weight and has lots of bells and whistles. I’m looking at getting the curly handles on my bike too!

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