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Weekends are for wandering Wisconsin. That's what Rick, my guy, and I do. Occasionally we wander during the week, too. Sometimes we just drop in on other people's lives.

This blog is my way of sharing where we've been, neat places and things to do that we've found.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun with Friends and Family

Someone told me that I shouldn't blog about places we've been to in the past but since the Iola Old Car Show is one of those events we go to year after year after year, I have to make mention of it again this year. However, there was a twist. Instead of camping at one of the usual places we've been in the past, this year it was "driveway" camping at our friend Jay's house. 

Since I've not posted any pictures of the latest addition to Rick's fleet, I thought now would be a good time to do so. This was the rig we used for the past few days.
The new "old" trailer is a 26' Argosy from 1975. We love the panoramic
view from the front window.
The interior is light and airy with a roomy dining area in the front.
The refrigerator, with separate freezer compartment, is almost as big as what I have in my apartment.
It can operate on either gas or electricity and knows which power source to use all on its own!
New stove and oven in the kitchen opposite from the refrigerator.
I cover the sinks with cutting boards to have more counter space.
One bed behind the kitchen.
Another bed on the other side. Bunk beds swing up from
under the windows and are secured to the ceiling.

We plan to remove the bunk bed on the right once Rick finds the right tool for the job so that the sleeping area isn't so claustrophobic. The bathroom is at the back of the trailer. I especially like the "pocket" door that one can close for privacy behind the bed on the left.

This trailer is the second Argosy that Rick has bought in the past year. The first is "Tater;" this one is "Tater II" because of the color on the outside.

We went to the car show on Thursday afternoon and again on Friday morning. Jay showed his Nash Metropolitan. Rick went along for the ride.

It looks like Jay's convertible is a coupe but it really has a back seat.
Of course, only a small child would be able to fit back there comfortably!
For some reason, I'm drawn to red cars. Maybe because that was the color of first car I ever owned.

A fun convertible.
And another one.

A Triumph.
A Mustang - see the pony on the grill.

A 1960 Sport Prinz (that's what the sign said).
The geezer mobile (a Buick).

The theme of this year's show was "Four for All in '14." A variety of four-door vehicles was featured in the theme tent.

Imagine riding in the back seat of this Kaiser.
Or this Frazer.

Or this Packard town car. It must have been quite the luxury vehicle of its time.
Other four-door cars were displayed on the blacktop outside the tent. 

The owners of this car are ready for a summer outing.
There's even entertainment at the Iola Old Car Show.

We left Iola on Saturday morning and motored to the east side of Lake Winnebago with a stop at the Neighborhood Pub & Grill outside of Chilton for lunch.
Rick had the 1 lb. burger - actually two 1/2 lb. patties on a
hoagie roll.
I had the roast turkey BLT.

We spent the night at the Ledgeview Campground. Not our usual Ledge Park near Horicon but still on top of the Niagara Escarpment.

Here's a view of Lake Winnebago as we approached Highway 55. The scenery on this side is so much nicer than what one sees off Highway 41 on the west side. The east side of the lake is not one continuous strip mall.
Oshkosh is somewhere on the other side of the lake.
Sheboygan and a birthday party for grandson #2 was our last stop on our mini-vacation. It's always a delight to spend time with the boys (now ages 4 and 2). Their mother does a great job of themes for their birthday parties. 

Can you guess whose fruit and veggie faces these are?
Why it's Oscar, the Grouch, Big Bird, and Elmo!
This was the second outing with the new Argosy. Rick says this trailer is a keeper. There are still about two more months of camping. Stay tuned for more of our adventures.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

East Meets West - in Milwaukee

On Independence Day, Rick and I attended a Mini Meet-up car show at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. 

Who knew there would be 18, count 'em, 18 classes of Minis at the car show. I'd seen a few vintage Morris Minis and the current Mini Cooper at the earlier British Car Field Day in Sussex, but didn't realize there were so many other models. The Mini is really a recent car having been manufactured by the British Motor Company from 1959-2000. The Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names (like Chevrolet and Buick are brands of General Motors). It was also the first car to be made with front wheel drive. Performance versions of these models used the name Cooper, due to a partnership with racing legend John Cooper. The Mini was even named "European Car of the Century" in 1999 by a panel of 130 international automotive journalists!

Fast forward to 2001 when the Mini was acquired by BMW. The car is now marketed as a "retro" redesign of the original Mini. Cute, but not as cute as the older models in my opinion.

Even though today's Mini is small, yesterday's was even smaller. Not much engine horsepower either. Even less than the VW Cabrio I used to own. Can anyone over four feet tall fit into one of these?
Apparently Rick can sit behind the wheel of a Mini.
All in a row. . .
Who cannot like a Mini?

All kinds, from trucks (even panel trucks) to Jeep-like models called Mooks.
I can't imagine the bed of the truck carrying more than
a large cooler.
The Mook reminded me of a VW "Thing."
Even a few Woodies in the crowd. Put surfboards on the top of these cars and Beach Boys music comes to mind. 

The plain little Minis are just fine.
Well, maybe a little more than plain. The stripes and white top are a nice touch.
Gotta love the sense of humor Mini owners have.
What could be more fun on four wheels? (Unless it's
riding in Rick's Honda del Sol!)
This caption is popular with many Mini owners.

I can't forget the convertibles - always a favorite.
One more . . a bit unusual and the only one exhibited in its class.
When I saw this car, I was reminded of a Saab. But it's a Mini.
Earlier in the day we were at the world's largest Independence Day parade in Knowles, WI. Well, maybe not the largest, but probably the one with the most fire departments and fire queens represented and the least musical units. Ten different fire companies drove their hook & ladder trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles down Main Street. Along with these big rigs, area trucking companies, excavators, and tractor enthusiasts strutted their stuff. Did I mention the candy? Much better than Halloween for all the kids in the crowd.

The one band was from Lomira High School. The music ended just as they marched past our viewing platform, but we did see some fancy marching.

We had been to the parade last year and I wondered what would happen if an actual fire broke out in one of the communities while its fire trucks were in the parade. Wouldn't you know it, this year there must have been a fire in Mayville because two trucks and an ambulance tore down the street with sirens blaring in the midst of the parade. However, the fire must have been a small one because one of the trucks arrived back in Knowles to take its place at the rear of the parade!

Thanks to our friends, Amanda and Troy, for opening their home (and great front porch overlooking Main Street) to us so we could spectate.

Across the street from our friends, someone knows how to transport
lots of cold beverages on a hot summer day.
No fireworks this year - just firecrackers that Rick's neighbors set off well past dark throughout the weekend.