Rollin’ on the river

I live for days like today. It started with a 2 hour bike ride in which I wore short sleeves. And I was sweating glorious drops of actual sweat. It was downright hot out. Dare I say it was summer-hot.

After the ride Steve and I headed over to our boat storage to get the boat out on the water for the first time this year. After checking everything over since we just got the boat out of winter storage, it was time to launch onto the Milwaukee River. Captain Steve drove the boat.

And I did what I do best.

Which is lounge around and drink beer. I am wearing a sweatshirt here because for a short time we left the river and went out on Lake Michigan, and it was COLD out there. Probably a 20-30 degree difference. Milwaukee looks pretty cool from the water.

After cruising around for a while we were both ravenous and decided to stop for dinner at Milwaukee Ale House.

We scored a table outside, and I ordered a Pull Chain Pale Ale, my favorite Ale House Beer.

I am sweating my butt off here and lovin’ it.

To start we ordered some famous Ale House pretzels, made on site and served with cheese and mustard. Steve could hardly wait to attack them.

For my meal I ordered the Island Salmon Salad with mango, and it was so refreshing and tasty.

After dinner we cruised around on the river a little bit more and I snapped some photos of Milwaukee from a different perspective.

If you know anything about Milwaukee, you will get a kick out of this photo:

“Clean” is not a word that can be used to describe the Milwaukee River in any way. I’ll just leave it at that.

Giant coal barge and tugboat:

On the way back in to the launch, we were practically attacked by seagulls.

Disgusting, dirty birds. This picture does not convey how many there really were. It was terrifying.

Luckily we escaped the poop shower and made it back to the launch safely. Right now I am sitting on the couch next to an open door with a warm breeze coming in. It is 9:08pm and it is still 86 degrees outside. Love. This is basically what my ideal summer day looks like, and there will be many more repeats during the next several months. Wisconsin summers are so short that we must take advantage to the fullest, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

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3 responses to “Rollin’ on the river

  1. Mom

    Great pictures! Glad to hear you took full advantage of the weather. We spent the afternoon indoors grouting tile, etc., but we did play tennis this morning and went for a short bike ride on our new path tonight.

  2. We were just saying that we wish we had a boat for weekends like that. Amazing! Also, that pretzel is making me very hungry.

  3. cara

    I’m jealous!!!