Making memories

One of the things I like so much about retirement is being able to do things with grandkids. Over the years, we’ve made some wonderful memories, just like the vacations we took with LeRoy’s Aunt Tressie, “Grandma” to the kids, taking in the World’s Fair and Mother Earth News Eco-village one year and Mt. Rushmore another. The older two granddaughters, Jordan and Katrina, were college age and employed by the time we started full timing, so they have never traveled with us but the younger ones have all had their turn. While I love seeing them grow up into unique individuals as young adults, it also tugs at my heart when they get old enough that they don’t have time for a week or so on the road. Last year was the first year that at 16, Alma’s summer was too complicated to include a Colorado trip, after spending a week or so with us every summer since she was 8. This year the twins, Ben and Bailey, are 15 and I can see the writing on the wall. They’ve traveled with us every year since we retired. Two years ago we added Jadelyn and since she’s only 10, we probably have a few years with her.

It has worked well that Tim and Heidi have been able to spend vacation time with us for several years, too. The grandkids come with us and go home with their parents. This year in Door County, Wisconsin is the first time we’ve all done the road trip together or at least most of it.

They caught up with us at the Amana Colonies RV Park, www.amanarvpark.com. It is a quiet park away from trains and road noise and while we only spent one night there, we think it would be a terrific place to hold a bus rally sometime. We ate at the Ronneburg Restaurant, a lovely little German restaurant in Amana that evening and tried some foods that were new to some of us.

RonneburgPork schnitzel and beet pickles were among the things we tried and somehow the beet pickles mostly ended up at my plate. LeRoy loves rhubarb pie but usually has to settle for strawberry-rhubarb. This rhubarb pie was tart enough to suit him so we bought one piece for the meal and one to bring home!

While we didn’t have time to check out the Amana Colonies in total, we did stop the next morning to shop at some of the boutiques in Amana and take a few pictures.

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Tuesday we had ourselves a convoy, Heidi and I in the van up ahead and Tim in the bus with LeRoy and the kids. Tim had never been in the bus when it was moving, so it was a new experience for him. We traveled through Madison, WI on our way to Fond du Lac to spend the night at Breezy Hill campground. Navigation had a few hiccups that day and Tim was on the outside edge as Liberty (with LeRoy at the wheel) had to make a u-turn. I doubt he’ll forget that ride! We also found the streets of Madison to be pretty narrow but we did get to see the capitol building.

The GPS story of the day was that the nice GPS lady told us we as were nearing our destination, “Be prepared to park and walk to your destination on the left.” I guess she didn’t recognize that Breezy Hill was on a private road.

And food again was a high point. After dinner, we went to the ice cream store back down the road which was packed! We stood in line from the back of the store but we had time to read the signs on the wall and learn that Kelley Country Creamery was voted the best ice cream shop in Wisconsin by USA Today in 2010 and Good Morning America voted them best ice cream in America in 2013. And we just happened to find it! They cater weddings and made

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I’ll catch up with the rest of the trip later.

 

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