Saturday, July 28, 2012

Light Posting Ahead...

So, we're in WI for a family reunion this weekend. Managed to survive the flight out of Logan into O'Hare as well as the drive north into the most recent land of concealed carry. Big 50th wedding anniversary party tonight, followed by family reunion-type stuff Sunday and Monday.

I came out to WI in 1995, shortly after Mrs. G. and I got engaged. We drove out, that time, staying overnight in a campground in Erie, PA about halfway there. A lot has changed in the intervening 17 years; there's a WalMart just 10 miles away now, so no more driving over an hour to buy basic necessities (outside of the Piggly Wiggly, which, BTW, is still there).

Families have grown up - the toddlers that I encountered my last trip out here are now grown up (one is a Marine and taller than I am!). One thing I've noticed this trip as opposed to the prior is the differences in the land. Lots of farmland in WI; it's something you take for granted as a twenty-something kid not thinking about much more than tomorrow.

Will try to get some pictures - it is positively beautiful out here - and get over the culture shock. There are billboards - BILLBOARDS - about gun shops and Gander Mountain and hunting and... Definitely hit home that this is NOT Massachusetts. I'm still waiting for the first offer to take the city boy out to the farm and shoot a rifle, though. That might be fun,,, ;)

Wifi is non-existent and the AT&T data plan on the iPad is tenuous, so any and all blogging looks like it will have to be done on the iPhone (fortunately I have a bluetooth keyboard!). Definitely expect more photoblogging on this trip - lots of farmland and such, and we might take TheBoy over to Lambeau Field to see the Packers practice.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

That is all.

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11 comments:

eiaftinfo said...

It's a beautiful state. We have family there as well just west of Milwaukee. And our annual trip to Rock Island is just a must to keep the rest of the year sane! Of course, Iowa is pretty darn nice too!! :) Enjoy your family - safe travels!

UGA Wino said...

I loved my three years in Brookfield. Unfortunately, when I lived there, it was still a bastion of liberalism with retarded gun laws and the equally retarded Jim Doyle as governor. Scott Walker was just making waves as a county executive.

Nice to see the change that has taken place there over the past few years. I've got some gun totin' friends up there who have to be loving it!

If their tax laws weren't so screwed up and punitive, my wife and I might consider moving back and retiring there some day.

Suz said...

Wisconsin was my playground growing up in northern Illinois; I sure miss it. A couple of years ago I stumbled across a wonderful memoir of a Wisconsin farm boy (of my dad's generation.) "The Land Remembers." It's a quick read, too quick IMO, and I recommend it highly to anybody who appreciates the state. I think it's available on Amazon.

HAVE FUN, JAY!!!

Ken O said...

Interesting. Most beloved step-daughter is at a family reunion with her father in WI this weekend. More than mere coincidence?

Mr.B said...

Dude...next time yer that close to NW Indiana (like an hour or less to Ohare) let us know and Midwest Chick and I will buy you a beverage or something.

We'd have been glad to drive up and meet you, even if it did mean disarming to go into the PR of Illinois.

Jay G said...

Hmmm. Was it at a VFW?

Jay G said...

Mr. B., we will be staying at a hotel near O'Hare Friday night August 3rd. E-mail if interested...

Brad said...

Welcome to WI! It's interesting hearing your views on the make up of the area. Afterall, to me, this is "normal"...Its also amazing what a draw Lambeau is to people. I grew up a block away and remember walking up at half time and getting in for free (think 1970's/80's Packers).

Ancient Woodsman said...

If you can, find Peshtigo. The scene of the most catastrophic fire in U.S. History. Most have never heard of it as it was the same week as the Great Chicago Fire, but it is fascinating history.

The Horicon Marsh was sometimes home to Aldo Leopold, father figure of the conservation land ethic. Worth looking in to from an intellectual end. Read his "Sand County Amanac" if you've got an interest.

Old NFO said...

Enjoy, and 'enjoy' the billboard shock! THAT is America you're visiting! :-)

Suz said...

There's some pretty good rafting in Peshtigo...