Justin and I had a COMPLETELY FREE DAY on our calendar today. For the last few weekends, and for the next 6 or 7+ weekends, we are booked solid. Between weddings, golf tournaments, and family events it is going to be a busy summer. Which we’re looking forward to, truly. But that makes the EMPTY Saturdays that much more sacred. We decided we wanted to GO somewhere, though really didn’t have anything specific in mind. In the end, we decided to drive down to Wisconsin Dells, and simply walk around their quirky and touristy downtown, taking in the gorgeous summer-in-spring day.
We were able to find a parking spot right away, and simply walked along the silly t-shirt and tacky souvenir shops, and then curved onto the fairly recently created Riverwalk. It was relatively uncrowded, and it was great to stroll together, take some pictures, and take in the sun.
We stopped for lunch on the deck of the Riverwalk Pub (great setting, food alright, but scam you with charges that aren’t clear for sides).
While eating, I spotted the Top Hat Motel. This old little motel is located on River Road, right off of Hwy 13, which is the main drag. I have very happy childhood memories of staying here with my brother and Mom and Aunts. We would spend the day at Family Land Waterpark, come back and my Mom and Aunts would pick up freshly made saltwater taffy (which always disappointed me, as I don’t like taffy, but I don’t remember minding all that much – I probably did and put up some sort of stink to get candy that I wanted ), and we would sit out on the common balcony and talk and laugh. I don’t have a single memory of the inside of the room, though that is probably just as well. Though, as you’ll notice from the sign, they do have Air Condition and Color T.V. Big bonuses!
We debated taking an Original Wisconsin Dells Ducks tour, practically the quintessential tourist activity of the old-school Dells, though at $24.50 a head, we decided against it.
I really just wanted to use my zoom lens a bit more, though I can certainly practice with other items of interest for free, such as the ever-welcoming Dells Bells Wedding Chapel, down the road!
We also happened upon the “famous” Glockinspiel, though we didn’t see it playing music and being entertaining. Instead, Justin had to take a silly picture with the mural on the wall.
And then caught him with a normal smile.
In all, it was a fun day away, low stress, lots of laughs and plenty of sun.