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Milwaukee Trip

Travel has its benefits! I finally got to meet up with the talented and lovely Linda (AKA MamaFitz)

Linda Pedraza Fitzgerald and Me

at her beautiful home across the street from a city park and Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan

Gaely got her first view of Lake Michigan and wanted to explore the Break Water ASAP

Overlooking the Break Water

so we walked out on the huge concert blocks to see the crystal clear waters

Beautiful Clear Water

and gaze across the bay

View from the breakwater

In spite of the No Dogs Allowed sign this is a popular place for dog walkers and every person and animal we met were warm and friendly

Dog Walker

Linda joined us with her dogs Randal and Esperanza. This is the bright and tiny Esperanza, posing for a photo.


There’s a really excellent photo of them on Linda’s blog Told you she was talented, didn’t I? How’d she get them to sit like that 🙂 Must be Magic!

We ladies chatted while the animals investigated the beach and finally bonded into a pint sized pack


It was a gorgeous day to be at the Lake and over too soon.

Sumac Amongst the Fall Trees

Back in the City Gaely liked to watch the goings on in the street from atop a suitcase

Gaely Monitoring the Street from Atop a Suitcase

although there were no squirrels she could always hope for some excitement

Excitement on the Street

Everyone in Milwaukee was quite friendly and happy to see Gaely and she made friends wherever we went. I just was not inspired to photograph the city in spite of the great architecture and beautiful River. I felt frustrated at not being able to go to the Milwaukee Art Museum as I didn’t want to lock Gaely up in the truck. She didn’t even want to go near the vehicle when I had to go get something out of it and I just couldn’t do that to her. So we walked around the city and endured the cold and wind and some light rain while Dave manned the tables at the Montessori conference. I hate that dogs are not allowed into most buildings!

Gee, the first Westie I ever saw came into a bar in Scotland with her black Scottie housemate and her lovely Scottish gentleman owner where the dogs curled under the table while himself sipped his pint of beer. We in US are just too uptight about dogs. Harrumph!

The trip home was uneventful, thank goodness. Dave’s new iPhone GPS gave us a new route through the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee that included a one lane road and bridge. That was surprising and we were very glad we were not towing the 20′ trailer as it probably would have been too wide to pass across that bridge! But Fall colors were quite beautiful all along the trip and especially in the back woods. At our first rest area stop on the way home Gaely rolled and rolled to get the city grim off her coat and she came up looking quite a bit more white. Smart dog!

We are so glad to be home now and we will be here for another 11 days. Wow, a weekend at home. Excellent. We’ll just go quite wild, I imagine.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

2 responses »

  1. What amazing pictures! Thank you for sharing. Such a lovely warm autumn sunlight.

  2. I’ve never been to Sarasota, but I have vacationed in Estes Park (many years ago) and we visited Milwaukee a couple of years ago (on a family history hunt, my Dad and Grandparents lived there around WWII time). In Britain there are many pubs that welcome dogs, but laws about aggressive dogs are severe – a biter is lucky if they even get a second chance. I do like the chance to enjoy other peoples’ dogs occasionally as we have none of our own. On the other hand, when in France I never could get used to having dogs running around under the tables. None of them begged for food or was unpleasant, it was just weird.


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