EXIT 138B: State Capital and Ale Asylum in Madison, WI

In Attractions, Exit Episode, Kari, Restaurants & Bars, Wisconsin on Tue-03-Feb-15 at 2:47 PM

I’ve hit the road again!  I stopped in Madison to visit Kari and we explored in Madison.  Although we are both from Wisconsin and have been to Madison on random occasions in the past, we hadn’t really seen everything.  Kari recently moved there, so we decided to check out some places that we had never been to.

Ok ok ok… we’ve been to the capital building before.  I don’t know if they still do this, but when we were in elementary school, there was always a field trip to Madison to tour the capital.  I don’t remember much about it.  But on our recent visit, we just did a quick walk through and some memories came back.  It’s a beautiful building on the inside and out.  We didn’t do a tour, but they do offer free tours most days.  They take 45-55 minutes, and if you have less than 10 people you don’t need a reservation.  You can find more info on the State Capital Tour website.

Then we hit up Ale Asylum brewery.  Because, why would we start making episodes without beer?  We got a flight and a pizza.  And. it. was. all. amazing.

My ranking of the 6 beers we had:

  1. Unshadowed (German Hefeweizen)
  2. Phantasm (Autumn Ale)
  3. Bedlam! (Belgian IPA)
  4. Hopollo (IPA)
  5. Ambergeddon (Amber Ale)
  6. Hopalicious (American Pale Ale)

If you are from Wisconsin, you may have had Hopalicious.  It is a great beer.  I love Hopalicious.  But they make so many great beers at Ale Asylum that it ranked last on our flight.  Crazy!  Crazy good beer at Ale Asylum… you need to check it out.

They do tours of the brewery on Sundays.  I need to go back!


EXIT 305B: Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee, WI

In Adam, Attractions, Exit Episode, Parks & Recreation, Wisconsin on Tue-20-Jan-15 at 11:18 AM

Yes, people!  We are back!  Sorry it’s been such a long time, but life was just in the way (of making and editing videos… not in the way of exploring!)

Adam and I explored the zoo this past June.  Yeah… took a half a year to edit the video and make this post, whoops.  I needed a computer update in order to edit videos properly… so now that I have that… you can expect to see more from us on a regular basis now!

I’ve been to the Milwaukee County Zoo many many times, especially as a kid.  But the zoo is always a fun place and it seems you always discover something new.  There is no way you’d be able to read every sign, see every animal eat and play, and experience all the unique experiences/events/exhibits that the zoo has to offer.  It’s also different each time depending on who you go with… everybody has different opinions and interests… and will say different things about the animals.

Adam and I went on a beautiful day during the week.  It wasn’t overly crowded, but any day you go there will always be millions of children.  We saw almost all the animals, and about half of them were sleeping.  Of course the snow leopard was sleeping… ugh.

Our tips for visiting the zoo:

  • have a zoo pass (or some way to get in for free)
  • park on the road (because it’s free)
  • bring in your own food (free)
  • bring in your own beverages (free)
  • don’t go with Harry Potter
  • watch out for small children

Some of these tips are relevant for any zoo, but check first to see if you are allowed to bring in food/drinks and if there are any discounts or free parking for your zoo visit.

Thanks for reading… have a “zoo-y” day!!

EXIT 4: Willow River State Park

In Courtney, Exit Episode, Parks & Recreation, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Mon-17-Sep-12 at 4:23 PM

After our crazy camping adventure, we decided to see what else exit 4 had to offer. Craving more nature, we found Willow River State Park and set out to find a beautiful little waterfall.

The hike was in no way strenuous.  We were hoping for a little more adventure, but the day was so nice (and we were a bit hungover) so it worked out for the best.  It was about a mile walk from where we parked to the waterfall.  There seemed to be more interesting trails near the falls.

The waterfall was full of life and energy.  Lots of people enjoying the day.  Old people, young people, dogs, rock climbers.  Definitely a change from the campgrounds we had just visited.

Our hiking tips:

  • bring water
  • always take the stairs (unless there is a funner way to get up to the view… but always go up to see the view)
  • wear hiking sandals (just for the tan lines)
  • bug spray isn’t ever a bad idea
  • don’t be completely hungover (a little bit is fine)
  • go on a day when the weather is exactly how it was when we went…