May 25th, 2003


Travel diary VIII

When I was planning this trip, I called my dad and suggested he, my stepmother, and my grandma come up and spend a day in Madison. I spoke to him again last weekend and confirmed our plan to get together on Sunday.

So of course by Friday the plan had changed. Turns out dad and Lois had a prior engagement they'd forgotten about, so now my sister and nephew and I were driving down to see them in Illinois. OK. But then they had to leave right after brunch, so all in all I only saw them for about an hour. We spent another hour with Grandma, then we had to leave to get back to Madison. I would have liked to see them more, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

Travel diary IX

Madison is located on an isthmus between two large lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. The city has done a pretty good job of keeping the lakeshores free from commercial development; there are a lot of public parks and walking trails along the lakes. This afteron, after getting back from Illinois, i went to one such park: Picnic Point, a thin wooded peninsula extended into Lake Mendota. I walked out to the tip of the peninsula and found a well-shaded bench overlooking the water, facing west. The sound of the birds in the trees and the waves against the shore is very pleasant and restful. Only the occasional roar of a passing motor boat disturbs the serenity of this spot.

Travel diary X: strange visitor

As I walk back to my car, passing people dressed almost exclusively in shorts and T shirts, it occurs to me that I must look rather peculiar, wearing a white short-sleeve dress shirt, navy blue Dockers, and black Rockports. Oh well.