Day 26: Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Another morning of rain, a drop for every hello from Heaven, I got my sorry rear out of bed and started my day.  A slow start, my body at the end of my first month, in much need of a rest day which is happening tomorrow. Mom and I wanted to enjoy our last day together doing our favorite things, so we started it off with garage sales! 

With a couple in mind, we grabbed our purses and headed into the unknown of treasure hunting in Green Bay.  We didn’t find much at the first couple of sales, but happened across one that wanted to get rid of it all.  It was pouring rain still, and with people not being out much, she was happy to unload as much as she could on Mom and I.  I had found a lunch bag that could keep hot or cold something smaller for my camping endeavors, and Mom found a few odd and ends. She saw a Mary Kay makeup bag and asked “Do you do Mary Kay?”  She said “I used too” and went to get a large, clear bin with Mary Kay products galore in it! All I needed was a couple foundations, and I would be set…but then she said words of magic. “You can have whatever you want that fits in a bag for $4.” I said “Including the makeup?” Yes!! So, I was in heaven…I don’t wear much, but I like foundations, eye liners, face products, and definitely lipsticks!  I had such a blast picking out each item, and she helped me which was great…. And 29 later in the bag, I was a happy camper!

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Next we hit another sale that Mom and already done the day before….and they (Tony and Hollie) were so happy to see her..they loved her sense of style. I introduced myself and told them about my Kindness Tour and they wanted my business card, so hello if you are reading this- you were super kind to us today and that made our day!

Panera was on the docket for lunch, and with it STILL pouring rain, I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of Chicken and Rice soup. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Walter also had a bite of the action, and I enjoyed the stares I got from patrons of the restaurant. Haven’t you ever seen a middle aged woman with a Muppet?!?! Get over your self LOL

Next we hit up Oneida Bingo and Casino, because that’s what you do when you live in Green Bay, WI apparently. My mom loves the penny machines, but they don’t pay out much unless you bet a lot.  I put a $10 in and thought I would play a few spins…well, this girl wound up winning $30!! Yep, then Mom wound up winning another $30 ON THE SAME MACHINE!!  We laughed so hard, and once she won and I won, I hit that “Cash out” button SO FAST…quit while we are ahead!! Walter on the other hand MAY or MAY NOT have a gambling addiction….I will watch this as it develops and will have to seriously consider if he will be able to behave once I hit the Vegas strip.

We finished up the afternoon with a trip to the local Goodwill to just walk around and shop. I didn’t need much of anything, and then I forgot I was looking for a friend of mine and so the hunt began. I also have been collecting DVDs along the way to play where I can’t stream and when I just want a “comfort movie” to feel better when I have harder days away from home.  As I was perusing the movies, I heard a young couple with a baby get denied with their debit card at the check-out. He said he just put money in his account and they tried another one, and that one was denied. I saw this young mom holding the baby while waiting for him to pay for whatever they were needing, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was young with a baby, struggling with marriage and being a new mom, and I would have wanted someone like me in that moment. I just quietly asked the cashier “How much is their total?” She told me, got the cash out, paid it and they kept saying “Oh my gosh, you don’t have to do that.” And I smiled and I said “Yes, I do, I am spreading kindness and I have been in your shoes. Pay it forward when YOU are able to for someone else.” They were so grateful and I think I stunned the rest of the line because I didn’t ask, I just did it.  I have learned…don’t wait for people to ask you for help. It’s scary, its humiliating, and sometimes they need you to just BE in that moment and show what God’s love looks like in the smallest of acts. I was SO happy to help, it felt incredible, they left with their pride and what they needed, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I don’t share this as a “pat my back” post…I share this to inspire others to do the same.  My gosh, how incredibly healing our World would be if we EACH did one small act EVERY day helping another human being, or animal, out.

We then celebrated the day with a piece of strawberry pie from Perkins, a Mom and Me tradition in June every year in WI.

Tonight Mom and I will be heading out for dinner one last time, and then she is off to Door County tomorrow for her anniversary while I take a much needed “AMY DAY” to myself with NOTHING on the agenda but what I feel like dragging myself out of the house for.  Thanks for joining me today, see you tomorrow!

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Day 25: Friday, June 25th, 2021

I am not going to lie….I woke up with a minor hangover. Like I said, I am a lightweight. Now, it’s also due to the excitement of the Reunion coursing through my veins that sets off this set of headaches into motion that usually can be weened off by Excederin and rest.  Luckily, everything worked, I felt fine, and Mom and I headed off to garage sales in the Green Bay area after I blogged this morning about my amazing day yesterday. 

After finding a couple of treasures, Mom scared me a bit with indigestion and heart burn…but the way she was in pain, I feared she was having a heart attack.  I took her home to rest for awhile and had Bob keep an eye on her while I ran other errands.  I headed to Appleton, another place I called home for 12 years, and met up with my dear friend, Shanna, for her radiation appointment. It was important to me that she knew that she had my love and support during this difficult chapter in her life, and it made it even special that she could have Walter come in with her.

We then headed to one of my FAVORITE spots in town, “Hu Hot.” I love this Mongolian grill and it always tastes amazing!   We chatted over lunch, laughing so hard over and over again, and it felt so good to connect with her and love on her sweet soul.  We hugged out our goodbyes and I headed around town for a bit, but opted to head back to Green Bay early for a nap.

The rest of the day was relaxing, napping, and just taking a small breather before my evening plans.  I was meeting up with dear friends, Corey and Andrea Long.  I have known these two since Campus Life, a Christian fellowship club for high school teens to hang out and grow in.  These ALWAYS make me laugh, feel good, and continue to make me feel loved. We met up at the new “Dave and Busters” in Green Bay and  I filled them in on life and this adventure, and they filled me in on theirs.  3 hours later, 2 drinks, we then finally perused the game floor – even if for just a look and pics.  It was an amazing night of good food, good friends, and good memories.

I am blessed with the people I have in my life….and I promise you, I will NEVER take that fact for granted. Another day on the books, and another night I go to bed exhausted. Tired, but a good tired, no better kind. Love your faces, see you tomorrow.

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Day 24: Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Today was one of those days that when they come across your path, you hold onto it for dear life and enjoy every nugget and morsel you can out of it. I was headed to Sheboygan Falls, WI, where I grew up and what literally made me who I am today. So love me or hate me, it’s this city that built me.

After a touch up on my hair, and a fill up at the local “Kwik Trip, “ I was on my way to Jodi Baussener first for lunch at “Roadside” in Plymouth, WI. I had not seen Jodi since our hug good-bye at out 1992 Graduation, so I was super excited to get this one on one time with her.  The big group things are so much fun, but it’s also really nice to sit and chat with people on their own so I can connect with them on different levels of life.  Every one has a story, and it always amazes me the stories I get to hear and be a part of in this lifetime…and Jodi was no different.  This visit was VERY special to me, because I needed, and wanted, to love on her a bit more. You see, she lost her sweet brother to Covid and I remember this dear friend in High School having the biggest heart for people she loved.  If I lost my brother, I would want my friends to recognize it.  So it was my mission to make sure SHE knew that I was there for her, whether I am a thousand miles away or next door, she was NOT alone in this.

The minute she walked in, I jumped out of my booth to hug her and we basically didn’t stop talking for the next 3 hours. Well, 29 years to catch up, and even though Facebook does help, we all know we don’t post the really dark corners of our lives on there. We post the time of joy and love, nobody wants to be reminded of the valleys we are in…usually because we too found ourselves in the same ones.  So we ate, we chatted, we laughed, and we cried.  I am hoping that it fed her soul, because it fed mine.  I didn’t want to go, but I had many an errand to run around town while I was here, so with one last hug, we said goodbye and I said I would see her next year when I return. Love you Jodi..you got this.

Over the next couple of hours, I sort of decided I would take my own “Reality Tour” around Falls with Walter (whatever reality you think that is with me carrying a Muppet around at 47), take pics, and just hit some familiar spots.  I visited my old house on Big Bend Lane, then went to see my Grandma laid to rest in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, then started to drive one direction and realized I knew I could stop and see someone that I hadn’t seen in years.  Lucy Cardarelle babysat Ryan and I after school when I was going to St. Mary’s, she was known as “Auntie” to many of us.  She had sent my Mom a  letter a few years ago, almost in despair, wondering if Ryan or I even remembered her anymore and that she felt like all of the kids she took care of forgot her.  Because I am all about righting as many wrongs in my life as possible, this was one I could fix. So I rang her doorbell, and she opened it…she just looked at me. I said “I don’t know if you remember me Lucy, but…. “ and before I could speak anymore she screamed “AMY!!” And we had the best hug!! She and Mel are now 86, and actually they both are doing quite well for their age. Mel remembered me too, so we visited for about an hour, I showed her pictures of my family and my parents too.  It was really nice and before I left, I turned to her and said “I love you, I didn’t forget you, you were very important to my story.” She got teary eyed, another hug, and I left. Spread Kindness.

A couple more stops, some weren’t home, so I headed downtown Falls. Our little area was the Main Street you see everywhere, with one exception…. “Evans.” This Store, I believe is 60 years old now, and when I walked in…it SMELLED the same. I think it’s a combination of home town joy meets a really good candy aisle. Over time it seems to have shrunk down quite a bit, but that man has filled in every corner of that Store with stuff.  Literally his motto should be “Can’t find it anywhere? Try Evans!” So I bought the 25 cent candy packs for my High School friends for the evening….because we all need a little “Evans” in our lives.

The main event for the day was the Reunion dinner at Parker Johns at the Boardwalk in Sheboygan. Now, I have to tell you how funny these things are to organize…. My biggest thing is ALWAYS….who will show up.  I KNOW it’s been 29 years since we all graduated, but that quiet, shy, never good enough, Amy Falk gets INCREDIBLY anxious that someone will see I organized it and won’t want to come for ANY reason. No bad blood, just didn’t like me then, why like me now. So this fear had been playing on me for some time before the evening…to the point I started reaching out to classmates encouraging them to come.  You never want to beg, and I know I am worth more than that, but I also wanted everyone to feel included. So here’s the deal, lots came, and many didn’t show. And in life, that’s just how it is. As I got more and more comfortable, and with each hug and smile, it was quite apparent that it was more about who showed up than who able not too. Life happens, I get it, so we just roll with it and celebrate who is right in front of us. What is meant for me, is meant for me.

15 total came, and we had THE loudest table in the Restaurant…it was bloody brilliant.  So much fun, chatting, drinking, and genuine fellowship….my sides still hurt from laughing.  What struck me as I sat in the middle of this love fest was how AMAZING the Class of 1992 was. It took everything in me at times not to break down in tears to see so many people laughing, and happy….after the year we have ALL been through and to be sitting here among friends from our childhood and to talk without masks, and touch without fear we would get something…I can’t describe the joy.  I remember the day we graduated so vividly- I was standing in the wings waiting for our Class to walk up to the Stage to get ready, and reminding myself that this would be the very last time we would all be together in the same room. 29 years ago…how is that possible.  A person can go through SO MUCH in life, live so many good and bad experiences, and yet come FULL circle back to the ones you started life out with- it’s truly an amazing thing.  So to the Class of 1992….specifically to the ones who came to the dinner….thank you for loving me, my good and ugly sides, and for making me feel proud of our Class and the friendships we continue to have over these many years. Each one of you have played a VERY specific and special part in my life that no one could ever replace.  If I could, I would tuck you all away in my pockets on this road trip. If Christine Peterson has her way, I should be able to locate her in my car at some point. LOL Yep, this was a sappy post…don’t care. Life is too short to not tell those who matter in your life that you love them…so to all of you who came…I love you more than words can describe, thank you for making me feel loved and accepted.

*On a side note…..his name is WALTER….he isn’t a puppet, he’s a MUPPET. I think poor Walter will need therapy after my friends met him last night…it was actually hilarious. Clearly many of them need to watch the movie…what else do they have to do in their 40s? LOL

I headed home in the darkness of Highway 43, it was late when I left the group of 5 still chatting at 10:30..I am sure I would have stayed longer if I was overnighting closer, but another full day ahead and I needed to sleep and not have a massive hangover. (Yeah, one drink can do it- what can I say, I am a lightweight). LOL  I also am saddened that it was my first day NOT getting a blog post done in the evening, but people, my time was WAYYYYYY better spent at my Reunion than sitting on this laptop. And that’s the cool thing- I am my own boss, I make the rules. I called an audible last night and said screw it, it was about time with them and my sleep when I got back. Besides, it will be a lot more coherent today reading this… exhausted Amy sounds like drunk Amy, and nobody has time for that!  Love you, see you again soon!

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Day 23: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

There is something about waking up in your parent’s home, during a visit, that feels so safe and warm.  They cook for you, ask if you need laundry done, cater to your every need…and you wonder, why did you rush so much to leave home?  It’s such a sweet deal, who knew what was waiting for us all in adulthood. As my parents get older, health issues are arising, and it definitely is making me think about what I will do, or where I will be, after the traveling is done.  If I can be here for them to help, I will make it happen.  This trip is already revealing so much that I was blind too…. Quite amazing.

When I woke up this morning I thought about Bay Beach, maybe a Museum, or a lakefront walk.  Somehow what wound up happening was shopping, more shopping, and just logistical errands. Apparently I needed one of these days BADLY.  I thought I had picked up everything I needed for my trip, and yet I keep finding things that would GREATLY help me.  Yes Dad, I got my fire extinguisher and the first aid kit.  I joked with my Dad that I camp for all of 8 days, yet it’s probably what is the most “stuff” in my car. Then I said “I will also be VERY happy for the comfort and safety I have once it does happen because I took these extra steps for it.”  

As long as I have known, Emily, my youngest, LOVES “Fazzoli’s” Italian Restaurant.  When we moved from WI to FL, she was crushed to learn there were none in our area of Florida.  As the years rolled by, there would be a couple that popped back up near us in FL, we even drove her to Georgia one birthday JUST so she could have her favorite breadsticks there.  So of course, I needed to introduce Emily’s favorite place to Walter….I was also craving lasagna.  Mom and I dined on fast Italian goodies and chatted about the rest of our day.

As we ate, I noticed a homeless man on the corner, and I asked an employee of the Restaurant if they knew who he was.  He said no, he just started showing up recently. So I made a decision that I wasn’t going to wonder or judge about who was “worthy” or not because that’s not my job. When I worked for a Homeless Ministry, I heard so many stories from the outside of the typical “They need to get a job” or “They are all drug dealers” and honestly it made me feel empty for the soul who was judging and so much more empathy for the homeless person standing in front of me.  Can you imagine how horrible it must be? To lose your home, job, family and friends? “They did it to themselves Amy” MAYBE but WHY do they need you to remind them of that at their lowest of lows? Enough judging, more loving.  You never know if that could be YOU one day, and what empathy you will be CRAVING for from a warm soul who just wants to help you.  I walked out and asked him if I could buy him lunch… I told him anything he wants. I went in, ordered, drink and a cookie too, and walked back out to give it to him.  He said most places won’t allow him to dine in because he is homeless….so I was happy to bring it to him. Nothing will ever bring you more peace than helping a soul in need of kindness in their darkest hour.  And if it was all just a scam? I fed someone. Period.

Mom and I then headed to Kohls, my home planet here in WI, and like we always do, I found a shirt to warm up in that would look cute over my kindness shirt.  Then off to Seroogys for chocolate turtles, Walter drooled at all of the sweets.  He would have really enjoyed Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, just saying.  Then off to Betty’s, Mom’s bestie, for Margaritas, Cheese, and Chocolate Strawberries while we chatted up the afternoon.

In between running, I found time to make sure Walter met “The Others….” What you say Amy? Well since 1984, my Mom has been collecting dolls. She will tell you “WE” were, but honestly it’s mostly hers. I thought it would be fun to make a “Where’s Walter?” picture, have him at a tea party, and show y’all the “Others.”

Constantly putting my hair under a hat, I wasn’t paying much attention to it, but with every video I have done, I could see how much I needed something. The ends of my hair looked like frayed rope, and it was in desperate need of a cut and treatment. A hair cut at “Carolyn’s” in Green Bay for early evening was just what the hair doctor ordered, and I was pleasantly surprised by my hairtician “Morgan.” We talked Disney the entire visit, she cut, she curled….and she was KIND.  As I paid my bill on the way out, I ave he a giant tip and told her to use it for her first trip to Disney World.  She’s offered to freshen me up in the morning so I feel good and pretty for all the people I get to love on tomorrow in Sheboygan- how sweet is that?!? So Morgan, if you’re reading this, you are amazing, you are incredible, and you are going to do AMAZING things with your life!! 

See y’all tomorrow in Sheboygan….Walter CANNOT wait!

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Day 21: Monday, June 21st, 2021

Oh, my, goodness, look at all of those “21’s.” After getting up at 4:30 a.m., yep you read that correctly, I actually got a lot done. Filled out some postcards, mailed them later today, tweaked the blog, worked on my luggage, and enjoyed some YouTube while still easing into my day.  I had gone to bed extremely early last night, and as you all know, the earlier you go to bed, the earlier, at least for me, I wake up.  It’s a double curse, but I needed to go to bed early.  I snuck a nap in today as well, so I am feeling really good right now to blog.

Dad and I headed out to “Morning Glory” for breakfast today…I ordered a DELICIOUS breakfast veggie skillet in this adorable, cozy breakfast nook.  I always love having my Dad’s full attention, normally if my brother is there, they joke the whole time and I don’t feel like I get any “real” time with him. So it was just nice to chat about everything from what he is going through, and I as well. Some amazing hills and valleys we both have endured and still keep coming out stronger…as it should be.

Walter had taken a break yesterday in my car, he wanted his space so I of course had to invite him a long after such a nice rest.  Dad and I drove up the Peninsula again, but it was fun to watch my Dad get into where we should get Walter’s picture taken. Door County has some amazing views, and even cooler artistic pieces all over the place, so it was fun to find these like a scavenger hunt for my Muppet.

I have to say, my warm Florida blood was in literal shock today at the 55 degrees and cooler yet by the water.  Even with a warm sweatshirt on and leggings, I still found my self running to Dad’s truck after every stop because I was so cold.  I remember when this was “warm” to me…. Lol

So we were driving around and I said “Well Dad you know Walter is from a Muppet Movie called “The Muppets.”  He said “ I have never seen it Amy….” And it is as if the clouds parted and the sun came out because I had one hell of an idea! I would find the movie and THIS would be the day my Dad would see it, and we would have this cool bonding moment over the Muppets…but no store carried it here.  Dad doesn’t have Disney Plus or stream….so I wound up using my account off my laptop and streaming onto his T.V. – and it worked BEAUTIFULLY!!!   I will tell you the only thing that really “triggers” home sickness is the Castle and music played before every Disney film…so I was happy when it was over.  I watched my Dad tear up as Kermit sang about his old friends, and how that Muppet magic is STILL there! Seriously, 21 days I have been on the road and STILL my favorite thing so far has been the Muppet Museum.  It’s my childhood….nothing can compete with it. I can’t wait to go back to that Museum and bring my family and friends to see it. PLUS Dad now “gets” Walter.

A great day, it went too fast, but I get to see him for breakfast in the morning and then it’s off to Mom’s in Green Bay for a bit. See you tomorrow!!

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Day 20… Sunday, June 20th, 2021

After a slow start to my Sunday morning, I packed up my car, made my protein shake, and said goodbye to Kim.  Thankfully only a 2 hour drive to Dad’s house in Door County, I enjoyed the drive, the sunshine, and passing by Sheboygan Falls, where I grew up.

It was Father’s Day! I have been blessed to see my Dad two years in a row on this celebratory day, and that means a lot to me because life goes by so fast, and I want to feel good that I did as much with my family as I could.  Dad greeted me with a big bear hug, and we headed out for brunch, my treat of course, to one of the local diners here in Sturgeon Bay. We had the Father’s Day Buffet- can’t beat unlimited hash browns and bacon!

We then did our drive up the Peninsula, stopping at my favorite Confectionary for my “Woody Wheels” aka licorice wheels, and I also picked up another sticker for my suitcase.  It was a beautiful day, only in the 70s here, and we chatted the entire time as we drove around.

Moments of Kindness: Tipped big at the Brunch, spread kindness at the Olive Oil Store, treated Dad, bought Dad Olive Oil, he made me dinner and Igifted him items from Kennedy Space Center and Disney World.

The rest of the day was more bonding with Dad, laughing about childhood silliness, and just enjoying each other’s company- it was awesome.  There’s something about being around family and being just relaxed and not “on” that feels SO GOOD and I appreciated the peace.  Dad made dinner since I had treated for brunch, and it was REALLY good! I’m now tucked away for the evening, and I am happy to say another day checked off. See you tomorrow and Happy Father’s Day to all Dad’s today. 😊 I love you Dad!!!

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Day 19…Saturday, June 19th, 2021

After an amazing night of sleep, and two storms that rolled through, I was up and at it to start a fresh day!  I love that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you have the entire day ahead of you, that blank canvas ready to be painted with new memories.  Brunch was planned at the “The Red Oak” located in Bristol, WI.  Kim and I were meeting up with dear friend, Amy, and it was such a beautiful reunion with her precious soul.  Amy had lost someone very close to her this past year due to Covid, so it was the first time I was able to hug her and give her my personal condolences. 

We had such a nice time on the patio, eating a beautiful array of Farm breakfasts and avocado toast. The weather was in the 70’s, low humidity, and it just matched well the infused water we were so much enjoying.  A great time of fellowship and friendship….love Amy and was so happy to love on her for a while.  I gifted her before one more hug goodbye, and told her I will see her again next summer.

Before heading to the next thing, we had come across the “Mars Cheese Castle” off of the Highway. I have driven past this thing a MILLION times living in Wisconsin forever, and I had NEVER stepped foot inside it. SO Kim and I took Walter to see the FAMOUS Cheese Castle and all of it’s dairy goodness- it was great. It’s an iconic stop here in WI – make sure you check it out if you are going to be in the area.

Kim is brilliant at finding fun stuff to do, and she had found this cool Historic Milwaukee Tour for early afternoon. We parked in the Brewery District and found the tour with no problem.  I was pleasantly surprised that this was NOT a walking tour, but we would get to ride an electric vehicle. After all the walking last night, it was nice to just sit on a comfortable seat, and only be a party of 4 in our car.  The smaller the party, the more intimate you get to know other people – AND Dylan our tour guide! He was EXCELLENT and could NOT have done it better.  Over a span of 2 hours, he took us EVERYWHERE in the City of Milwaukee, including the Lakefront which was actually FREEZING today!  This was an open air vehicle, no doors to open or close, so very much like a large golf cart.  Seat belts yes, but there were the handles to hold on to for sharp corners.  He drove safely and I never felt uncomfortable being a part of the regular traffic in it.  He was efficient, charismatic, and friendly.  He LOVED Walter when I brought him out for his first pic with “The Fonz” statue at the Riverfront. The entire car then enjoyed helping me get Walter pics all over the City- HOW cool is that???!?    The gentleman I met in our party was a Veteran and lived in Hawaii most of his life and told me everything I need to see and do there- he now retired in North Carolina and his wife and him invited me out to meet up with them for a tour of their city there- SO AWESOME!!!!   The tour was great, called “City Tours MKE” and I HIGHLY recommend them for a GREAT view of the entire City.

Exhausted and hungry from a full day, Kim and I headed to “Jose’s Blue Sombrero.” A great Mexican Restaurant near her house, we filled up on Watermelon and Mango Margaritas, Nachos, Enchiladas, and Tacos.  It was delicious and I won’t have to eat for awhile LOL.   A beautiful dinner to wrap up my time with Kim and the Milwaukee area.  Tomorrow I head to Dad’s in Door County, WI for FATHER’S DAY- YAY!!! See you then.

 

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Day 18…Friday, June 18th, 2021

The lightening cracked, the thunder rumbled, as I slowly crept from out of my warm covers this morning. I hate goodbyes, and even though hellos are so much sweeter, I know that with each goodbye, I hope there is another hello around the corner. I didn’t want to get out of bed, I was peaceful, and I knew the minute my feet would touch the ground, it was all over and time to leave. It was a special stay with a special friend, and I was just so grateful for the time spent together.  One last hug, I was out the door and driving out with my fully packed car.

Today was Wisconsin! I was excited to be back in my home state and headed right towards my dear friend’s home in the Milwaukee area.  A short 2 hour drive, I barely had enough time to make some calls and record my “Morning Musings” but I DID get it all done!  I arrived to Kim and Chad’s NEW HOME and it is sooooooooo cute!!!  So after hugs and lots of chatting, I got the tour of their adorable Cape Cod. Kim opened her birthday present when we finally sat down to chill- so happy she loved all the goodies I sent.

Lunch was at our favorite little Bistro, Café Hollander. Now, it was new to me to eat upstairs, so that counts as new AND I had the meatloaf this time!  Kim had the Beet Burger, which she loved, and I nestled into my comfort meal while we laughed and cried about the horrible year we just got past.  A time to celebrate indeed- Walter included.

More girl time, gabbing away about life and then we freshened up for downtown Milwaukee for dinner and a Ghost Tour.  I was so pumped- I had always wanted to do one here.  Dinner was salads from “Milwaukee Public Market” which is basically a Mall type feel of a bunch of eateries joined under one roof. As we grabbed mango smoothies after, I saw a lovely couple looking at ordering their dinner. I explained to them my kindness mission and bought them dinner- they didn’t believe me! Thanks to Kim, she told them “I would just go with it.”  They were so shocked and grateful and I walked away feeling wonderful.

We ended the day with the Milwaukee Ghost Tour by “American Ghost Walks” which met up at the Market at 7:30 p.m.  Now, “T”, our guide, seemed like a relaxed, cool dude…I was hopeful for a great tour.  But as much as he explained many a ghost story , it had no pizzaz or that something special that makes you want to sign up for another one. He took us through the “Historic Third Ward” and we learned tales about certain people who lived in the area…but there was nothing bone-chilling or spine tingling…it just was.  I would NOT recommend this tour unless you are seriously wanting just a flat history lesson but at night.

I am exhausted and in much need of rest, see yall tomorrow.

Moments of Kindness: Treated a wonderful couple to dinner, gifted Kim for her Birthday magic from Disney World and I was blessed with incredible meals and tours for my Birthday 🙂

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