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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!


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!!

Bonus Episode: Exploring La Crosse, WI

In Attractions, Courtney, Matt, Parks & Recreation, Restaurants & Bars, Special Episode, Wisconsin on Thu-23-Aug-12 at 9:34 AM

To prepare for Explore 94, Matt, Courtney, and I decided to film a test episode in La Crosse, WI.  We spent time at Riverside park, visited the World’s Largest 6-pack, and shared some appetizers at Buzzard Billy’s.

Home to Hiawatha (“Indian Man”) and Fido (a dog statue which you can apparently adopt somehow), Riverside Park is a scenic park along the Mississippi River.  The park was full of energy with people visiting, locals jogging, and boats racing.  It’s a lovely spot to hang out, have a picnic, people watch, or attend an event.

While in La Crosse, you might as well take a few minutes to pass by the World’s Largest 6-pack, because really, how cool is that?!  City Brewery also has a gift shop and offers tours.  You can also visit King Gambarinus (he’s legit), who resides across from the big beer cans.

Our final stop was Buzzard Billy’s, a great gem in the historic downtown area of La Crosse with authentic New Orleans and American Cuisine.  My ultimate recommendation is the sweet potato fries.  I would definitely go back for those!  (And to tell you a secret, we had been there before… and I wanted to go to get the fries again.)  The Buzzard Eggs (chicken tenders, jalapenos, and cheese wrapped in bacon) were obviously good because they were wrapped in bacon, however they could have used more cheese and less chicken.  It’s something different to try, but next time I’ll just double up on the sweet potato fries.

It was a fun evening with Matt and Courtney, and a lot of footage to edit.  It gave me a better idea of how Explore 94 will go, although every exit will be a different experience (especially when I’m not exploring with 2 people who live in the town).