Hope everyone had as good of a Labor Day weekend as we did!
Our non-Laborious three-day weekend began on Saturday morning in the Kenosha Harbor with Jim, Cheryl and Abby. We usually spend a couple of weekends on the boat with them each summer but this was our first trip there this year. We’ve been going camping most free weekends. Then, when we planned to spend the July 4th weekend there, Mother Nature had other plans and a storm-ravaged pier meant a change of venues for that weekend. We were excited to finally make it up there!
We were a little bummed looking at the forecast Saturday morning, which decided to change to rain after it showed all week sun and warm temperatures for Saturday. It did, indeed, rain but it wasn’t nearly as bad as we though it would be. There were periods of nice weather in between the rain.
But, the weather didn’t matter. Fun times with friends is pleasant in rain or sun. We had lots of laughs, good food and boat drinks while listening to music and hanging out.
Then the riff-raff showed up.
I was appalled at the lack of decorum on display. I mean, everyone knows the only proper thing one drinks out of a paper bag is a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20. Unless, of course, it’s a classy affair. Then you switch to Boone’s Farm. 😉
After a full day of relaxing on the boat, Brian and I made our way to the north side of the marina to the Best Western, a rather crappy hotel that still manages to sell out every summer holiday or special event since it’s the only hotel on the waterfront. The one good thing about the hotel, however, is that they allowed us to park the RV in the lot overnight. It would have been better had they let us just stay in the trailer for the night, but it still saved us a trip back to Chicago to pick it up for the second part of our weekend which I’ll get to in a minute. We really need to read up on the art of Stealth Camping.
Sunday morning produced a very sunny but somewhat chilly day. It truly felt like a fall day when I had to bust out a sweatshirt. We headed to a little coffee shop near the hotel called Common Grounds and had some delicious coffee and stuffed croissants. Eating them while enjoying the warm sunshine (despite the crisp in the air) while looking out over the marina made it a great way to start the day.
The next stop on our Labor Day weekend tour was the Funny Farm (no, really. That’s the name of our friends’ farm near Baraboo, Wisc.) Even though we have driven there before, we grossly underestimated the time it would take to drive from Kenosha to the farm. We thought maybe two hours, but once we fired up the GPS, we learned it would be more like three, which later turned into four hours. There were several stretches of roadway in between Kenosha and Baraboo where we were forced to slow down and enjoy the scenery which consisted of orange cones and caution signs. Once we made it past Madison, the roads opened up and the scenery got much better, even though I was alarmed to see several trees with leaves that have already started to change colors!! Too soon, leaves! Too. Soon!!
Once we arrived, we got the trailer parked and set up. Then we settled into farm life for the next 24 hours or so.
The end of the weekend always comes too soon, even when it’s a three-day. But the good news: the weekend is only four days away!