Lake Michigan has always been a big part of my life. Every summertime Sunday while we were growing up was spent with our cousins and parents at the beach. We took our kids to the lake for evening swims and pizza on the beach when they were little. Now we have the luck to be living here. But one thing I've never done was go across the lake.
You can take your car, motorcycle or bicycle or have the option of renting a car when you get to Milwaukee.
Now there is nothing between us and Milwaukee but water!!
On the boat we talked to a man who lived in Milwaukee and asked him what we should see if we've never been there. He suggested the Public Market, which coincidentally was across the street from the restaurant where we all met for lunch. This man said on his return trips he is in big trouble with his wife if she doesn't bring home a Brookie. A brookie is a brownie around a cookie. Well. Twist MY arm!! We bought two.
One beer hall/ brat restaurant after another after another. We returned here for a small taste after our dinner. This HB Munchen Old German Beer Hall was the destination. PH has some of their steins from Germany and they are among his prized possessions. Imagine finding this place! They have a great deal for lunch. Buy the drink and the food is free!!
And walked the river front.
When we got back to the launch for the boat home, we realized we needed to put more gas in the rental car before returning it. We turned down a couple of streets and found the charming neighborhood called BayView. It's a darling working class neighborhood that's bustling with quaint places, neat homes, sweet gardens and people walking. Isn't that the gauge of a nice neighborhood? People out walking? It is for me. It was so sweet I asked PH to just drive around for awhile. It looked like my grandma's neighborhood before it went to seed.
And, of course, the cookies. I bought two. They are also in the freezer, along with the brookies. Someday I'm going to need a cookie hug and there will be a little bit of Milwaukee waiting for me.
We had lots of fun discovering a new place, remembering the places we will come back to someday, realizing how easy it all is to take the Lake Express across and all too soon, it was
time go say goodbye and head for Michigan.