Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Visit to the Bourbon Street Grille of Monona, WI

Just a few more photos of our boat ride on Lake Waubesa and Yahara River. It's the first time I was ever on one of the Madison area lakes in a boat, so it was a pretty big deal to me. All photos  by Anita Klumpers.

Sue F.'s boat

Our host and driver

Cheryl helped

Robin smiled

Sue pulled in and parked here

We climbed the stairs for lunch. Our waitress, above, was friendly and capable.

We had lunch together out on the patio and then headed back

Anita is second from the left. Lovely Sue S. couldn't stay for the boat ride and is absent from the photo.

Right at home among friends in my tennis shoes here--not a bit like France.

Find Anita's wit and more of her photos at :http://theprudedisapproves.blogspot.com/

Tomorrow I announce the winner of the August drawing. The gift is a $25 gift card to my favorite store, Barnes and Noble. All members are automatically entered. Others may enter by joining this site. Just click on the "Join this site" gadget and follow the simple directions. If you read this blog once in a while or regularly, I invite you to join. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

More Book Club Boat Ride Photos by Blog Guest Anita Klumpers

The cool Wisconsin temperatures on Sunday night reminded me that fall approaches. But, in an effort to hang onto the joys of summer, here are more of Anita Klumper's photos from our recent boat ride. Enjoy a moment of tranquility:

Pulling away from Sue F.'s home

 Lake Waubesa

I hope you won't mind if I share a few more photos from the lake tomorrow. I love a water view and I'm loving Anita's pictures!

A hearty thank you to Anita Klumpers for allowing me to share some of her photography! You can find more of Anita's photos and a bit of her wit that I love at: http://theprudedisapproves.blogspot.com/

 On Thursday, September 1, I announce the winner of the August drawing. The gift is a $25 gift card to my favorite store, Barnes and Noble. All members are automatically entered. Others may enter by joining this site. Just click on the "Join this site" gadget and follow the simple directions. If you read this blog once in a while or regularly, I invite you to join. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Verse: Photos of Lake Waubesa and the Yahara River by Anita Klumpers

A Hunt for the Hidden

 by Lori Lipsky

Search down the river

Gaze across the lake

Up in green treetops

Out on a branch

Hunt for the hidden

On the rocks, in the sky

Unexpected beauty

 Passes by

Anita Klumpers is guest photographer on my blog today. Friend Anita and I belong to the same book club. She was also on the boat ride discussed in the last post.

I've used some of her photos from our book club boat ride to illustrate my poem. 

You'll recall we climbed on the boat at Sue F.'s place. Our journey took us across Lake Waubesa, across Upper Mud Lake, and to the Yahara River. We went down the Yahara River awhile until we arrived at our destination, the Bourbon Street Grille, where we enjoyed lunch together. Anita took these pictures along the way. Marvelous!

            A Hunt for the Hidden

Search down the river

Gaze across the lake

Up in green tree tops

Out on a branch

Hunt for the hidden

On the rocks

in the sky

Unexpected beauty

Passes by

More of Anita's photos here tomorrow. Or go to http://theprudedisapproves.blogspot.com/ and see them everyday on her blog. She's witty, she's clever and she's a prude (in the nicest sense of the word).

Have a great Monday!

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Visit to Lake Waubesa in McFarland, Wisconsin

Today we visit my friend’s backyard. Sue F. lives with her family in a home on Lake Waubesa in McFarland, Wisconsin. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love lakes and lakeviews!

Our Book Club held their August meeting on the 17th, one day before my birthday.

Aren't the flowers beautiful?

The lake view is gorgeous

We take turns hosting, and Sue F. offered her home for our August meeting. We met out in the screened porch right by the lake. The weather was perfect and the sun was shining.

Before the meeting started, the book club ladies surprised me with gifts. I'm not too old to enjoy opening presents!  After the meeting, we had planned to go have lunch together at a nearby restaurant, but Sue surprised me with the offer of a boat ride. Everyone else knew about it already.

We held our meeting in the screened porch

My book-loving friends in the backyard

One club member, Sue S., had to leave early and missed the adventure, but the rest of us climbed in the boat. Our destination was the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill on the Yahara River: http://www.bourbonstreetgrille.com/main.htm

Sue's husband got the boat started and ready for us

Sue drove and did all the work while the rest of us sat in the boat like royalty

Next week, I’ll feature some of friend Anita’s photos from our boating adventure. 

Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Door County's Village Cafe, Lipsky's Bar & Grill and the Green Bay Packer's Lambeau Stadium

On the last evening of our time in Door County, we took a lake drive that Tour Guide John from the Door County Trolley Tour had recommended. After some of the beautiful lake drive, we transitioned to looking for a restaurant where we could get something simple for dinner. We drove leisurely in the direction of Egg Harbor.

The Village Cafe in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Our daring adventure had a happy ending.
Mark pulled into the lot of the Village CafĂ©, but there were only two cars in the lot including ours, so we were hesitant. Mark tried to search for reviews using his phone (he’s big on checking out reviews) but couldn’t get internet service out in the parking lot. Eventually we chose to brave it and enter the unknown. 

Interior of the Village Cafe   photo Village Cafe website
A Lipsky Review:

The Village Cafe earns an A+ for character. There's character everywhere you look. If you like eclectic and a bit eccentric combined with light shopping while you wait for your food, you’ll love this place. Mark ordered an omelet and I had soup and a sandwich. The food and service were wonderful. As we waited, more customers came in, and we began talking to one another. The restaurant atmosphere was so friendly it inspired us, I think.

The next morning we checked out of our room at the Bridgeport Resort, left Door County and headed for Green Bay, WI to visit Mark’s dad. On the way, we stopped in Dyckesville, WI. Lipsky isn’t that common of a name so we get a kick out of seeing our name on this little grouping of businesses. They were owned for years by a relative of Mark's dad, but I believe they were sold a few years ago. So far, the new owner has retained the Lipsky name.

Dyckesville, Wisconsin

This restaurant is right across the street from the Bar and the Motel

We stopped at Bob’s place (Mark's dads') in Green Bay to visit for a few hours.

This is how close Bob lives to the stadium. I took this from the road right in front of his home. Go Pack!!

Around noon, the three of us headed to Packer stadium to have lunch at Curly’s Pub. Curly's is inside the stadium, up on the second floor. The food and service were great and we did a bit of light shopping at the Packer’s Pro Shop afterward. The stadium and restaurant are open to the public on non-game days. It's definitely worth a trip, whether you're a Packer fan or not. For some extra money, you can take a stadium tour.

Mark's dad, Bob

Giant bronze statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi stand in front of the Lambeau Field Atrium.  My father-in-law is in the gray shirt at Lombardi's feet. Bob is a passionate Packer fan. To the right is a group taking the stadium tour.

Next post we'll have a birthday surprise.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Visit to Door County: Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour Post 3 of 4

For decades, lighthouses were indispensable in the Great Lakes Area. They warned ships of danger and directed them safely on their route. Today, though lighthouses are no longer used to help steer ships, they do stand as marvelous landmarks of history and beauty.

Mark and I took the Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour on a Friday.  We began our tour at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, just several hundred yards from our room at the Bridgeport Resort.

 The five-hour tour included stops at four separate lighthouse locations:

Cana Island Lighthouse, Baileys Harbor

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Fish Creek   photo doorcountytrolley.com

Range Lights, Baileys Harbor

Canal Station Lighthouse, Sturgeon Bay

Included with the tour was lunch at the beautiful Top Deck Restaurant at Gordon Lodge. We enjoyed a gorgeous, peaceful waterfront view as we ate and visited with the other tourists in our group. 

Top Deck Restaurant offers a spectacular view

Our beautiful view as we ate lunch

The Gordon Lodge grounds are beautifully situated on the lake and well maintained. According to our guide, Gordon Lodge is a top destination-wedding site. They also offer lodge rooms and cottage rentals for visitors to the area.

Many wedding receptions and other large gatherings take place in this building

A view from the well-maintained Gordon Lodge grounds

Our trolley driver, John, provided tour narration on the excursion.  If you enjoy a knowledgeable, friendly, informative guide, then he’s your man.

The Trolley Lighthouse Tour is a terrific way to gain familiarity with the Door County area. The tour provides a fascinating overview. It’s useful for making decisions about where to go as a Door County tourist to dine, explore and relax.

Consider checking out these sites for more information: