For the 10th year in a row, I spent a weekend with my pals in Green Lake, Wisconsin. This is a case where familiarity does not breed contempt and a treasured tradition continues to refresh. But I probably did put on some weight…
Green Lake, Wisconsin – My 2021 Trip
After a smooth flight on American Airlines, I had lunch at Tortas Fronteras before my friend picked me up and we made the three-hour drive north. We can essentially do this with our eyes closed now. Even when we reach the country roads, we know the way. It has been a decade, after all.
By now, we know to slow to 25 mph as we enter the town of Rosendale, a speed trap along the way. Although we’ve dodged a ticket for ten years (and frankly not even seen a police car all ten of those years), we are not taking any chances.
The weekend was full of great conversation and great food…pizza from Lou Malnati’s, Chicago-style hot dogs, waffles topped in ice cream, and a Friday-night fish fry at Walker’s. And while AYCA (all you can eat) fried fish was the special, I love baked haddock.
While the drink of the weekend was Moscow Mules, when you are in Wisconsin you have to try a Wisconsin Old Fashioned, which features brandy instead of bourbon. You’ll all be asked “sweet or sour” which means you can choose to top the cocktail with something sweet (like Sprite) or something sour (like olives). It’s a much sweeter drink than a traditional Old Fashioned, even with olives added.
It was a beautiful weekend with temperate weather; clouds in the morning giving way to beautiful afternoons on the terrace overlooking the lake.
The leaves began to change colors literally right before our eyes – one day they were green, the next day they were red.
We went into Ripon for coffee each day (you know me…) and I greatly enjoyed the cortado at Mug’s (though they were still serving drinks in to-go cups only).
And you know what was across the street? A Radio Shack. Are you kidding me? It brought back memories of spending time in Radio Shack as a child…I loved that store.
My Green Lake tradition is an important one for me and I am blessed to have friends that make the time to get together each year. Parting word: don’t neglect long distance friendships. While a text or email is nice, in-person meetings are really important, even if only once a year!
I’ve written about my annual Green Lake trips for many years: