My wife’s mother (long story) came from Wisconsin. Interestingly her last name (my wife’s adopted mother) and my mother’s maiden name were the same. But we were not related. They came from a part of Wisconsin that is north of The Wisconsin Dells. The town was Baron Wisconsin. Most of my wife’s mother’s family lived in the Wisconsin area, so we often went to Wisconsin to visit and participate in family reunions. This particular set of pictures from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years (my Uncle lived in Milwaukee for many years), we spent a lot of time in the city. I also visited several customers there over the years. This particular trip was for a family reunion.
We arrived the night before and spent the night in a hotel. We then got up early and wandered to the Lake Front of Milwaukee. It a lot cleaner now than it was when I was a kid. I remember over the years hitting the beach south of Milwaukee (Racine, in fact) only to find the beach littered with dead and decaying fish. It smelled, and the water was not clean. There has been a concerted effort to clean lake Michigan over the last twenty years. They are not done, but the lake is cleaner now than it was. We had lunch in a wonderful restaurant that went out into Lake Michigan. It had a beautiful outdoor seating area, but it was far too cold to be outside for lunch. So we enjoyed lunch inside!
Many years ago I saw my first Chicago Cubs game in Milwaukee. (First in-person game). Against the Milwaukee Brewers. This particular day we were heading out to the reunion that was starting at 2 pm. We finished lunch, drove past Miller Field (the new Milwaukee Brewers stadium), and headed out to my wife’s cousin’s apartment. The reunion was held in the complex clubhouse. I suspect the Twins and our daughter were bored. Family reunions aren’t the fun happy go lucky type events that kids tend to like. There were few kids the age of our kids; I think there were no kids their age. The pool area was closed because it was a little cold. In fact, the only game was Bocce Ball. Luckily I had preloaded games on my cell phone for the twins and our daughter to play!