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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!

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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…

 

EXIT 4: Tubing & Camping in Somerset, WI

In Courtney, Exit Episode, Parks & Recreation, Wisconsin on Sat-08-Sep-12 at 5:47 PM

River tubing has always been one of my favorite things… because it combines 2 other favorite things… day drinking, and being on the water.  I’ve actually only gone just a few times in my life, couple times when I was younger, once in Virginia, once in Vang Vieng, Laos, and once just now in Somerset, Wisconsin.  Each time has been a very fun and memorable experience.

This summer in Wisconsin has been very very dry… so the river was pretty calm and low.  We didn’t get to the campsite until later in the evening, so we only had time to do half of the section (which turned out great… since it was so cold by then).  We filled plastic bags with beer and tied our tubes together (haha).  I think usually tubing is great with a big fun group of people and an extra tube for the cooler, but it was only Courtney and me, which was just as good.  We had a quality heart-to-heart and took turns pushing the tubes away from the trees and chasing after escaped beer cans (the plastic bags weren’t totally reliable).

We camped at Apple River Hideaway… once of many campgrounds/tubing places on the St. Croix River.  It is definitely a party atmosphere… they don’t recommend bringing your kids on the weekends.  Our friend, Emily, joined us for the night and the 3 of us cuddled up in our 8-person tent.

Things we recommend bringing when you camp:

  • A tent
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights
  • Water
  • Beer
  • Extra Blankets
  • Extra Beer
  • Optional – things to start a fire (otherwise you can make friends with people who already have a fire)
  • Garbage Bags
  • (not mentioned in video) Towels… to dry off the tent before you pack it away in the morning… so you don’t have to set it up in your backyard again the next day when you get home to dry it out

EXIT 2: The Original Red’s Savoy Pizza in Hudson, WI

In Courtney, Exit Episode, Restaurants & Bars, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Tue-28-Aug-12 at 9:43 PM

Pretty much anything with cheese and hot sauce is automatically awesome, but the taco pizza fries we had at The Original Red’s Savoy Pizza were exceptionally tasty.  We had asked the worker what the restaurant was known for, and he told us, “The pizza fries!”  There were a few varieties, and I’m pretty sure we chose the best one… the taco pizza fries.

Pizza fries are basically a pizza with no sauce, and cut into strips instead of slices.  Ours was topped with taco meat and served with sour cream and hot sauce.  (Was kind of expecting more of a “taco” sauce/salsa type dip… but was pleasantly surprised with the many hot sauce packets we were given… since we are very much into hot sauce.)

Since most of the hot spots in Hudson are by the river off of exit 1 (or so I assume), we had to drive around a bit to find this place… but it isn’t far off the highway.

A tip for anyone:

If you’re in a new area or trying a new place, ask the workers what the best thing to have is!  They usually are happy to tell you what the place is known for and what they recommend.

EXIT 1: Pepperfest in North Hudson, WI

In Courtney, Events, Exit Episode, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Sun-26-Aug-12 at 9:41 PM

Our journey has begun!  Courtney and I crossed the St. Croix River from Minnesota to Wisconsin. (Yes, we did come from Wisconsin, so we went to MN just to turn around for the official start.)

We had a recommendation from a Facebook follower to go to Pepper Fest in North Hudson, so we thought we would check it out.  We drove through downtown (I think it would be considered the “downtown”) Hudson… which seemed very cozy and lively.  I’m sure we could have found plenty of fun things there, but we ventured a bit more north to North Hudson, population 3768.

Pepper Fest is an annual event held on a weekend in August.  It is very community and family oriented.  We asked some of the locals what their favorite part of the festival was… and the decision was unanimous:  The People (with food being a close second).  With a variety of homemade Italian food, a sequence of food-eating contest, and a small carnival area with rides and games, anybody is sure to be entertained.

We happened to be there during the first round of the Spaghetti Eating Contest… which was not as exciting as it sounds.  We think they could have used more sauce, more mess, and more cheering to add excitement.  Who knows… maybe you will see a special spaghetti eating contest from Courtney and me in the future…

Overall Pepper Fest was good.  It is a great thing to check out if you happen to be there during the festival or live in the area, however I wouldn’t advise going out of your way too much or making a special trip just for that.  As the locals said, the best thing is the people.  We can definitely see that knowing people and running into old friends is a huge attraction of the fest, and being from out of town, we did not get to enjoy those awkward encounters the same way as if we lived nearby.

A tip for anyone:

Festivals in general are always great finds.  Keep an eye for signs around town or flyers in restaurants and coffee shops.  You can  search for events on your smart phone or online before your head out.  These type of events are not typically advertised on billboards on the highway.