|Our campsite, very nice!|
The Tuesday we were supposed to leave we had to wait until John had his follow up appointment with the surgeon. When we woke up it was storming, lots of rain and grey. So we started to get ready but decided to leave most of the work until after his appointment. That was a good decision because by waiting the rain stopped and we followed the storm all the way to Derge County park near Beaver Dam. This is such a nice little county park on a lake and the camp hosts (Evelyn and Kevin) are the best. It also is a an hour from Madison and and hour and a half from Waukesha. The campground is small with paved roads and sites. We parked in 14 (I did make reservations) which Evelyn told me had some shade. It is a beautiful spot but next time I think we will park next to them in site 2, no shade but closer to fill the fresh water tank since the sites are just electric.
Thursday we drove to Sun Prairie to meet John’s cousin Tim and his wife Susan. They are recently retired and I think they are enjoying it. They recently went on a long train trip to the southwest that sounded wonderful. Then Saturday it was off to Waukesha fro the grad party. Kay and I were very close when we were young but haven’t seen too much of each other in recent years. Our mothers are sisters and so we look a little alike and many of her friends thought we were sisters. Her daughter Emily is beautiful and talented; she will attend the UW at Madison in biology. Her goal is to be a pediatrician. She has another daughter Jessica that is a junior so in a couple years we will be back for that grad party. I hope we get back sooner so we can spend a little more time together. Also there were her brothers Vince (we call him Lynn) and Bruce with wives Julie and Chris, and her sister Donita and husband. Vince’s daughter Lauren was there too and helped Kay with all the prep. We had such a fun time visiting and just generally catching up on everyone’s lives.
|Julie and Vince|
|Bruce and Chris|
|Donita and Kay|
Kay and Janie
|Emily, Joe (the dad) and Jessica|
The last family visit was on Sunday. We joined John’s cousin Shelia and husband Eric in Madison for brunch at Lilliana’s. The restaurant was lovely and the menu was a bit cajun. I had a Jambalya Omelet that was superb. Shelia and Eric have a lovely home. The last time we visited was right after they purchased it so it was fun to see all the changes they have made since that time. My favorite are the window off the sunroom with a view of several large feeders that were busy with lots of birds.
|Kevin and John|
Back at the campground we spent several nights just enjoying the company of our friends. This RV life had given us so many new and fun friends and sometimes no one understands a full timer like another full timer. Evelyn and I walked several mornings together and went to a small but nice farmers market and a wonderful yarn shop in town, Firefly Fibers. I bought more yarn... it is so addictive. Friday we went on a wonderful state trail and rode our bikes about 14 miles. They also took us to the local supper club, Bayside, for a Wisconsin Friday fish fry. It really is a tradition here and many of the restaurants and bars were advertising their fish fries Our time came too quickly to an end but I know we will be back to visit and we hope to see Evelyn and Kevin in Florida this winter in early March; we have so much fun when we are together.
|John, Evelyn and Kevin. Happy campers!|
One other note: the weather was amazing. The rain stopped and the temps were decent. We couldn’t have planned it better. As we left the temps were rising along with the humidity and now we are having typical hot humid July weather. We were thankful for such a wonderful week.