Friends of ours live out near the Madison area, so it was wonderful to spend time with our friends and visit a new state. From where we live in PA, it is a 15 hour drive. Thankfully we have friends in Ohio, and we stopped to visit them for a weekend. We also made a pit stop in Chicago for some authentic deep dish pizza at Gino’s pizza! But in any case, here are a few things I learned in Wisconsin and why I think you need to experience it for yourself.
We stayed in Wisconsin for a total of 10 days. It really was a great family time, and I enjoyed being with my family for an extended amount of time. We were so busy at the time with work, baseball, and taking care of the house. It was also nice to see my husband relax for a change, although he did do quite a bit of driving.
Things I Learned In Wisconsin & Why You Need To Experience It For Yourself:
- People in Wisconsin are really friendly. Seriously, we were at several different places, and we obviously stuck out as not belonging. But you know what? People were polite and very eager to help you out. For instance, we were at a semi-pro football game that our friend is a part of. Normally, football games are filled with testosterone-filled men that look for every chance to heckle another team. But it was very different here. Some guys that were next to us starting talking with my husband, and they were generally interested in the fact that we are from the Philadelphia area. They were ready to offer suggestions on places to visit, and things to do. Big Daddy J and I both remarked about how different it was here then at home.
- Wisconsin cheese curds are the bomb. Okay, I don’t normally talk like this, but there is no other way to describe this wonderful food. We were first introduced to them at a restaurant in The Mall Of America(more information on that in a future blog post). What are they? They are like mozzarella sticks, but in a bite-sized form. And if you ever get a chance to have them, don’t pass up the opportunity.
- E-Z Pass is so worth the $35 to purchase. When we did not have the E-Z Pass when we went on our trips, hubby was waking me up every few miles to get money out for tolls because I tend to sleep in the car. That made for a very grumpy Mom, which on a long car ride is not a good thing. By having the E-Z Pass, we were able to zip through the tolls with little delay and I got to snooze as long as I wanted. We could also check our balance online, and verify that the tolls were paid. In some states, you had a toll discount when you used the E-Z Pass. Total bonus!
- Having a car with a USB port is a total bonus for a music lover. We took the Equinox on the road trip because we always come back with more than we go with. Last year, hubby burned about 5 MP3 discs to take with us. Guess who had to change them? This year, we able to plug-in the I-Pod, and we were good to go. We had several playlists to choose from, with well over 800 songs on each playlist. We never heard the same song twice, and there was something for everyone!
- There are so many things to do while you are there. For us, it was an exciting thing(as adults) to visit the Wollersheim Winery. And the Mt. Olympus Resort & Theme Park was a perfect place to visit as a family.
So these are just some of the highlights from our trip to Wisconsin. It is really a family friendly place to visit, and worth the long drive. While we probably won’t get out there again, we fully enjoyed this visit to the maximum. It is certainly a different vibe from our hometown, and it was a welcome change to the everyday crazy at home.
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