Bravely into the land of the cheeseheads i venture

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The last you heard from me oh intrepid reader, I was just surviving the end of the phish show at deer creek ( I still refuse to call it the god damn Verizon wireless center) and was leaving the show in a deluge of rain that felt as if someone was just pouring a bucket of water over my head in an endless wave of water that mixed with the sweat that had dried to my skin while dancing, thus creating a salty mixture that burned my eyes as i tried to wander back to the rough area where our car was parked (bum fuck Egypt).

The plan had been for us to enjoy the holy hell out of the show and then high tale it up to the Chicago area where we could crash at my sisters condo in the city and actually have a roof over our heads and running water to shower (though the shower didn't seem so dire anymore after all the rain).  And although we indeed enjoyed the holy hell out of the show, the best laid plans are laid to waste and we were side tracked to a rest stop because of the weather and the delay we encountered in getting out of the lot after the show.  it really would have been a bit rude for us to show up at 4am, expecting a place to sleep and probably a bit of food....I'm sure her door man would have loved us.

Upon missing out on our shower and relaxation in the city we quickly made our way to the parents house which is conveniently on the way to alpine valley.  we stopped and said hi to the folks and the grandmother who were enjoying a lazy Saturday morning.  we quickly showered and washed off whatever hippie funk had accumulated and survived the rain shower and then went out to breakfast at the worlds best pancake house.  The walker bros. pancake house puts IHOP to shame and i shall not mention that shameful organization again other then to say that they can not hold a candle to the magnificence that is the walker bros. apple pancake.  Try to imagine a heavily caramelized apple pie with a cinnamon breading for a crust that had mysteriously turned inside out and sat upon your plate in all of its gooey glory........i knew i should have taken a picture but i feel like such a dumb ass taking a picture of food.....oh well.  needless to say, this shit was great and was one of the foods that i missed while being banished in Asia.

The breakfast was nice because it kinda turned out to be a fathers day sort of thing (the holiday being the next day).  I probably hadn't gone out to breakfast with my dad in 10 or 12 years so it was a nice change of pace before we bolted into the car and headed off the road and up into Wisconsin.  of course we had to endure at least one Chicago traffic jam because its pretty much mandatory that the city piss you off at least once while you visit and reminds you why you don't live there anymore but with that being said we made it across the border and into the land of the cheese heads with out too much trouble and we were soon in search of a campground that my friends had rented out for the weekend.  my plan was to camp with some old high school friends, one of which i had not seen in about 12 years but first we had to find this place......

To make a long story short, we wandered the Wisconsin countryside (which was surprisingly scenic in a quaint way) for about 3 hours.  the directions had steered us into a town called delavan but in reality the campground was about 20 miles outside of town.  not a huge deal but took us a while to figure out just what the hell was going on.  we finally found the campsite which was really just the front yard of a B and B.  the piece of land was scenic enough, being on a smallish lake and all but i was not expecting to be camping in someones front yard.  I mean, i knew we were car camping but at least put me in some trees and give me a fire pit or something.  overall, the site was not that bad but i was a little disappointed with the proximity of all the other tents (ass to elbow) and the fact that we were pretty much camped in a sub division lol.

It was nice to see some friends that i had not seen in a couple of years and of course there was Jim whom i had not seen since '98 which is a long time.  it took about 45 seconds before we fell back into our old conversations and idiotic ways which is what old friends do i suppose and why new wives probably hate them LOL.  luckily the girls were left at home and we were left to our own devices which included a BBQ and a cooler full of beer.   the only disappointing aspect was that because it took us so long to find the damn campsite, it was only a couple of hours before we had to get back in the car and drive the 15 minutes to the amphitheater.  no big deal though because the band was playing 2 nights at alpine and we were going to camp and hang around the next day so there was plenty of time to catch up and reminisce.
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