Monday, May 23, 2016

Let's Get WILD!

This Tuesday marks mine and Andrew's one year wedding anniversary!

To celebrate, we decided to use some of the hotel points we received and take a day trip to Whitewater Wisconsin.  In case you did not know, Andrew and I are huge outdoor fans!  We love going on bike rides, hikes, and camping.  Any time we can get outdoors is time well spent.  For this reason, we planned a bit of hiking as well as visiting a local museum.

Our first stop, Second Salem.  After work on Friday, we drove just over an hour to get to Whitewater.  Andrew had found this brewery and they had two veg-friendly options (both are sandwiches).  We each got this delicious grilled portabella sandwich on ciabatta bread.  The sandwich and side salad both had their house dressing which was a tomato-based vinaigrette! Vegan for the win!

After filling up, we walked around town before settling down at our hotel in Fort Atkinson, WI for the evening.

On Saturday morning, we got up and had some breakfast, then planned out our day over coffee.  We started with the Hoard Museum, which had three spectacular exhibits:  1) Abe Lincoln's influence in Fort Atkinson, 2) a life size replica of the Hoard House, and 3) an exhibit about Native American Mounds.  There was also an exhibit about the history of the dairy industry, which neither of us were all that interested in...and you probably can understand why...

Before leaving the town, we found a replica of Fort Koshkonog and an awesome adventure course to try out!  I had never done one of these before and I must say, I had a blast!  I just wish we had a course like this by us...I'd workout there every day!

After learning about Native American burial mounds, we found a brochure for a set of mounds nearby!  So, after a lunch at Paddy's Irish Pub (where we also found a vegan Reuben sandwich!!!!), we drove 10 minutes to walk around and learn about the 2,000 year old Mounds. 

Needless to say, it was quite beautiful and serene.

We ended our day trip by visiting a local winery and then driving home to see Captain America:  Civil War.  All in all, I don't think we could have had a better trip.  Day trips can be so amazing because you feel like you are on vacation, but you still have time to get home and get ready for the week ahead.

Question of the Day:  If you could pick one place to take a day trip, where would it be?