Summer Trip 2016—Day 1: June 15

Louise Speaks:  Day 1:  Well it’s that time of year again.  We are on our summer trip heading to Canada.  We don’t have an exact time frame since we don’t have to get back to work or have any other obligations.  What we do know is that this trip is probably going to take us through 15 states…even that isn’t a certainty as we have not planned our return route yet.  That being said, this trip is another Thelma and Louise adventure.  We hope you enjoy tagging along.

100_9301We started our journey in Mesa and headed to Prescott to have a few final things done to the RV before we started our journey.  From there it was off to Winslow, AZ.  Now we have been here before and have written about Winslow several times.  Once while passing through and “standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona” and then again when we did Route 66.  I took a picture of this giant guitar on the corner of Route 66 for my son in law Matt.  Today however was not about Winslow or Route 66 but because we were doing some “quirky” things we found to see and to give us a reason to stop.

100_9293Winslow High School is home to the Bulldogs, so it seemed fitting that they would have a giant Bulldog just down the street from the high school.  I’m sure people thought we were out of our minds to stop and take a picture of this giant dog…but we did.

100_9295From the Bulldog it was off to down town Winslow and the famous Route 66.  This structure is said to be the smallest church on Route 66, but it can compete as the smallest church in America.  It is only 7 feet by 4.5 feet and has two benches and an alter that can sit two people and a minister.  This so called church was built with the lumber from the historic Skylark Bar which was torn down at this very spot.  The window in the church is from the old Mormon church in Winslow.

100_9308On the outskirts of town is a 9-11 Remembrance Garden.  I think every city in Arizona is part of this tradition as this is at least the third memorial we have seen.  These two long metal pieces are from the actual twin towers and have been placed in a large park area complete with parking and places to walk around.  It is a very somber feeling when you can still see the burned torched sections of the pillars.

thWe decided to stay over night in Winslow for two reasons.  One because it was getting late and we had a late start and two because another one of our goals is to camp at all the State Parks in Arizona.  Turns out Winslow is home to the Homolovi State Park Campground.  Although it is in the middle of nowhere it is a very nice park.  At night we could see the traffic going east and west on Interstate 40 as well as seeing the night lights of Winslow.  There are shade trees, great showers and each camp site has a fire pit, a bar-b-Que pit and a picnic table.  The parking spaces are paved and you’re not very close to your neighbors.  Although there was no wifi, you can pick up all the local TV stations.  I would definitely stay here again.  It’s nice and close enough off the I-40 to make an easy off and on if you need a place to camp over night.

Today was a good day.  We didn’t keep track of our time as there was a major accident on I-40 that actually had the freeway closed for close to an hour.  Then since we left Affinity RV late and just got off to a late start, time was not a factor.  But we did see all we meant to see and were hooked up at our camp site by 6:00.  We only did 260 miles today, but at least we are on the road and heading East.

Milwaukee’s Beer Heritage, Milwaukee, WI

100_6543Louise Speaks:  Day 25.   From the Art Museum we were headed to a tour of the Miller-Coors Brewing Company. There are many other brewing companies in Milwaukee. Since we have of course toured other breweries including a couple brewers in Colorado,we thought one in Milwaukee would be enough.  So  this one was on our list for Milwaukee. Generally the tours we have been on, are by tram or at least provide elevators, but this tour was a walking tour from building to building, covered several blocks, and including climbing alot of stairs.  But, they did however have a beer garden and there was beer sampling twice on the tour. Being a Bud girl I have decided that even though I am not a beer drinker, I could handle the Red Apple Beer in a pinch.

100_6541At the entrance they had a really cool retro 100_6542Bus that was like a museum on wheels. The inside had videos playing and memorabilia from the beginning of Miller Beer and Coors Beer since their merger. The bus itself was a thing to see. It had a front and rear door and it still ran.

100_6545Along the walking part of the tour, we were told that the Miller painting on the building is the Largest Wall Painted Sign in the USA so we have to mention it here and post a picture, since we have a category of “The Largest Things to See”.  Not that impressive, but still has to be mentioned. Touring the bus and the brewery and the beer tasting are all free tours and a good way to spend time in Milwaukee, which we had to do before going off to see Thelma’s 95 year old aunt.

And that is where we went next. One of the main reasons for the trip was so Thelma could visit with her last living aunt, and at age 95 we don’t know how many visits she has left. What a spunky young lady.  She had us laughing with her stories and loved hearing Thelma talk about when she was young. It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, which quickly went into the early hours of the evening.

100_6552Now, Aunt Suzie lives with her son and his wife John and Mary. They just happen to be exclusive members of the Milwaukee Yacht Club so we were taken to dinner. What a great place. I’ve never been to a private club, but this is definitely how the rich and famous live.  John had a yacht / sailboat that slept 7 and had a 54 foot mass.  Due to Johns recent back problems, he donated this yacht to the club so that they could sell it to help raise money.  Now yes it was a tax write off, but we were shown the boat and what a beauty.  Mary says the Yacht Club has found someone who wants to buy the boat and has agreed to keep the same name and keep it docked at the Milwaukee Yacht Club so that John and Mary can see it whenever they want. We had a great dinner, with great company and the view was breathtaking, to make for a great ending to a great day.

We ended up not leaving till 9:00 and we had a 3 hour drive to our campground. We had to make this destination as we have a rent a car coming in the morning that we can’t reschedule, so today was a very very long day.

In order to rate The Brewing company, well you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all, the Yacht Club, the most fun of the day…I love the water and I just find eating with a view of a large body of water is just the best. So to rate Milwaukee as a whole, it gets a B and a place I would love to come back to and spend more time…maybe a ride out on the lake in a sail boat.


Thelma Speaks: Needless to say this is a place dear to my heart because of family!  The Yacht Club has phenomenal  food!  I can not say enough about the wonderful food that was so fresh and tasty. The cod was lightly breaded and very fresh.  Salad was very tasty and I was going to post a photo but I ate it all so quickly, I forgot!  Clam chowder was full of fresh vegetables and lots of clams!  I would go here anytime for any meal as it was some of the best food I have ever eaten.  Thank you John, Mary and Aunt Susie for a great meal.  That being said, even if there had been no meal, the best part was the time spent talking and sharing time together.  Aunt Susie was such a trooper and climbed up into the motorhome and tried the chair out.  I think she would take a spin with us!  I am looking forward to our next visit…hum maybe to see the leaves change color?

Okay lets back up to the Miller Coors tour…. I had been to Coors in Golden years ago on a private tour which was outstanding.  However I am not a beer drinker and by the end of the tour I did enjoy the taste right out of the tap.  That being said, I was expecting this to live up to the same standards.  I enjoyed the tasting room with the rich wood, but not the beer.  And I liked the garden and even enjoyed the Red Apple Beer.  The bus was neat to walk through and the tour was okay.

The Miller sign was just a sign and nothing special.  But it is the largest so it has to be mentioned.  All that being said, I rate the family an A+ to get a call and in short time have a motorhome and two visitors at your doorstep.  They were gracious as were Mary and Ron in Iowa!  I am so blessed with special people in my life they all get A+.  The Miller Coors tour was okay C and the Yatch Club was an A+.  So for me this day was a great day full of lots to see and do and enjoy!  I will be back so be prepared, you never know when I will sneak up on you!

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

100_6534Louise Speaks:  Day 25:  From Madison it was on to Milwaukee, our furthest East destination this trip.  The goal was to get to the Milwaukee Art Museum by noon.  The reason was that the last time we were in Milwaukee we missed the wings opening or closing at the museum.  Weather permitting they open and close each day at noon.  The wings, known as, the Burke Brise Soleil, open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m.  Upon our arrival the wings were closed…not a good sign.  We checked inside and were told that it was pretty windy outside and the wings close artautomatically based on the wind speed, but he was hopeful that they would reopen at the noon hour.  We as well as many other viewers patiently waited until 12:10 and the wings did not open.  I guess this means we have to make yet another trip to Milwaukee to see the opening of the wings.

We did however, get a chance to go inside the museum and see the wings from the 100_6536underneath part.  The museum is also right on Lake Michigan, so the views are breathtaking.  I like the town of Milwaukee, and coming back yet a third time will not be a problem as I am determined to see the wings open and close.  I took the picture of the wings closed, but copied the picture of the wings open.  I’m sure now you will understand why I must come back to see this transformation.

As I’ve said many times before I am not a museum person, but the art work around this museum and even on the outside, were very good exhibits.  It was fun to walk around, but I was disappointed in not seeing the wings open and close.  You would have thought that living in a windy city he would have made con-sessions for the wind so that they could open and close in any weather.  Oh well, the wings, and the museum get a C rating.  This may change once I see them open and close.


Thelma Speaks:  How many times do I have to go to see the wings open and close and not see anything?  I will be back since I have very special relatives just around the corner…and someday, maybe just someday I will see the opening and closing of the wings on the Milwaukee Art Museum?  I do enjoy the area of town and walking by the lake.  This time there was construction by the museum and traffic was going every direction even on the freeways!  I enjoyed the view from the inside and looking at the art as I wondered how this all works and looks so beautiful from the underneath as you are inside the building.  Maybe next time…. so I give this a B and hope someday it will open its wings for me to see the amazement.  Next time I will view the art work while I wait and that will help impress me!