365, 7: day 268

Los Angeles

I’m so upset that, not even 24 hours back from vacation, I’m already stressed out and exhausted and feeling like there’s no time (wow different than my return 6 years ago…). But look at this sunset between errands on the way home. LA remind me it’s not all bad.

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365, 7: day 267

Racine, WI

We squeezed in an extra morning of vacation before heading back to LA. I’d been looking forward to a magical Milwaukee run, but there were so many closed streets that it was a little more complicated than intended, although still a nice way to start the day and leave the city. We picked up a rental car and drove to Racine for a tour of the SC Johnson campus, which was super beautiful and interesting. We couldn’t take photos inside, which is really too bad as that was definitely the best part. We didn’t have time to take the tour of Wingspan, the Johnson home, but they let us take a quick walk through it. Our flight was delayed a bit, just enough time to get Tortas Fronteras.

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365, 7: day 266

Milwaukee

I woke up to the sound of seagulls screaming and took one last beautiful run. I would run all the time if I lived here. The beauty is totally distracting! My nephew and I found a fish skeleton on our one last trip to the beach, which distracted from my tears over leaving and explained the insane seagull noises earlier. After goodbyes, my dad, husband, and I went to Lambeau Field – specifically the gift shop and 1919 Kitchen & Tap for lunch, where I got a flatbread designed by David Bakhtiari that ended up coming with an autographed photograph of him?! My dad dropped us off in Milwaukee, and we got through almost all of the Milwaukee Public Museum in the couple of hours we had before they closed. We met Millie, the dog who joined the team at the hotel where we stayed for our wedding just a few months later. And we walked around the Third Wars before getting an amazing dinner and then sunset rooftop drinks at the Kimpton. We stopped at Purple Door for ice cream on the way home, even though I am so full and have had entirely too many treats (lol and look at my wedding post from two years ago). And then bed, glorious bed. I’m not ready to go home but I am seriously exhausted.

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365, 7: day 265

Bailey’s Harbor, WI

My BIL and I went on a hike this morning that was really more of a nature walk, full of bugs and also beautiful woods and insane rocky water views. After leftover meatball curry for lunch, I went on a boat ride with my sister and nephew – it was billed as a lighthouse tour, but we really just saw two lighthouses. But it was still beautiful and interesting and fun! Plus we saw a bunch of shipwrecked ships under the water, and I hadn’t had enough boat time this trip. We met up with my other sister and mom after, for a little wandering around in Sister Bay. Then we all met up for go-karts and batting cages (I just watched it all) and then dinner at the Greenwood Supper Club, which was delightful and silly. My mom, sister, and I huddled in the spare bedroom for a bit when we got back and my husband and I walked out to the water to look at the stars one last time.

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365, 7: day 264

Washington Island, WI

We went to Washington Island today, which was a bit of a logistical nightmare but so beautiful and fun and totally worth it. We rode bikes all over the island, seeing the Norwegian church, Schoolhouse Beach (pictured), an amazing lookout, and a lavender farm. We ate a super early dinner before an outdoor play at the park, followed by frozen custard (and concrete!). And we rounded out the night with a sunset and a beer garden! Everyone else is starting to get a little vacationed out, but I could do this forever.

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365, 7: day 263

Bailey’s Harbor, WI

Happy 4th of July! I went for a run with a patriotic playlist this morning before heading into town for the parade. There were so many people and so much candy thrown! We stuck around the town festivities for a bit but it was really crowded. We went to Whitefish Dunes State Park for more beach. The water there was even colder than yesterday’s beach, but it was so beautiful and clear and the skies were dramatic and crazy. As soon as I decided to take a walk around the park it started raining, so we left to do a little shopping and go to an orchard for some cherry pie, leaving just in time for a huge storm to start! We waited that out at home, and my sister returned from her day away, this time with my BIL in tow, just in time for the storm to clear up. We brought chairs and the fire pit down to the beach. Our neighbors put on their own fireworks show at dusk, and we could see the town’s main fireworks perfectly!

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365, 7: day 262

Sister Bay, WI

We had a pretty relaxed day, starting with a walk to town to explore the beach (complete with a snake sighting!!) and hit up a fancy coffee shop (where I got local kombucha, a matcha latte, and toast with pesto and local chèvre and tomatoes and arugula!). We saw alpacas at the farmers market and then went to Wilson’s, where my sister and I split an amazing milkshake. We followed that with a beach afternoon, where my nephew made other children friends and I waded in the freezing-cold-at-first-and-then-fine water. I went home to a puzzle, we had happy hour at the local brewery with more aged cheddar and the game of Life, and then we went to Sister Bay for the most amazing sunset and also the most amazing red curry sea bass and Thai vegetables.

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