These are pieces from July. A couple friends and I made it to Summerfest on a free day. We had no idea who was playing, but went because it was free. We found a nice statue person and listened to some cover bands. Not a bad visit, but I hope to see some bigger concerts next year. We bought ice cream and walked around the park to visit Ryan, who was working at one of the vendors stations selling musical themed jewelry.
I went back to my hometown for the Fourth of July. My mom decided to give this year a Cajun spin! We had fried turkey, grilled shrimp, corn maux choux, dirty rice, red beans, and sweet potato pie. The food was phenomenal and I hope this becomes a tradition!
Playing with sparklers! And one fireworks photo. Every year I try to take pictures of the fireworks when I should just watch them in the moment. I hardly look back on the thirty photos and four video snippets (how many I took this year). Next year I'll hold myself to that. It was so wonderful spending the evening with my dad's family. We have a great vantage point for watching from the back deck, so that's where we cooked, ate, and socialized all evening.
Back to Milwaukee! This summer I applied to graduate school! The application process was long and stressful. I buckled down to get things finished and I built myself a fort to work in on my bedroom floor. I needed a change of environment but did not want to leave the apartment. I used every blanket I had and layered them to make the floor soft and pillowy. Then I angled my box fan in to provide some nice airflow and wrote all my application essays.
Back around town. Ryan and I went to another NEWaukee Night Market. We grabbed more free s'mores and walked the streets. We saw some cool artists and spotted the mounted police. I get so excited when I see these guys because it's so unusual to see horses downtown! He and I also went to see the documentary on Mr. Rodgers called "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" I enjoyed hearing about his life story. He was one happy man.
Ryan and I also checked a longtime wish off our list: library cards! I've only been living in this city for 3.5 years! I thought it would be nice to have one since freshman year, and now for my senior year I actually got a card. We stopped at the French festival Bastille Days on the way back to find some macarons. I've been wanting to try these.
First time eating macarons, documented by Ryan. They were alright. Super sweet! I definitely consider these more of a special occasions kind of treat. I liked that all the colors were a different flavor.
Such fog. Every once in awhile the city gets very foggy. Ryan and I went to the beach to play frisbee without considering the weather. We were surprised when we got there. The beach looked so mysterious!
Biking around town. I got a new bike this summer and love the mobility it gave me. My student bus pass deactivated for the summer and I didn't want to pay for a summer pass. This bike took me places!
Ryan and I took the longest bike trip I've ever been on this summer. We biked about 27 miles round trip to a park called Seven Bridges Trail.
This is a cool park south of Milwaukee that I recommend visiting. It's supposedly haunted, and I could see getting weird vibes if it was dark and there were fewer visitors. There was a fair amount of people there when we went though. The first picture took me awhile to capture because I did not want other park goers in the photo. I took it at an angle so that the lady standing on the bridge was covered up by the pole! The entry message states "enter this wild wood and view the haunts of nature" and the exit "may the God given peace of this leafy solitude rest upon and abide with thee."
"I am the sand guardian."
This was a long trip for me. I'm grateful for Ryan's patience because we stopped quite a few times on the way back for me to rest and get my head back in the game.
My favorite stop on the way back was at Café Centraal in Bay View. Boozy coffee, burgers, sweet potato fries, and beignets. Yes please :)
Later in July I also visited the Villa Terrace Art Museum. This has been on my Milwaukee bucket list since I found out it existed. It's a very beautiful mansion with a large garden in the back. There were people there taking wedding photos and it looked like a wonderful backdrop!
The Brady Street Festival. I stopped by the Arteryink booth. These are my favorite local artists. I also went to the Rochambo Coffee House for drinks and then to Fro Zone to try rolled ice cream for the first time.
My roommate and I kept walking the street listening to the local musical artists. We got sucked into a strange square of masked people dressed in black. The boxes they held contained laptops with nasty video footage of animal slaughter houses. As soon as we approached we were bombarded by animal rights activists asking us how we felt about the footage and talking about animal cruelty. I didn't mind listening to their message, but I was frustrated when they didn't want to let us walk away from them. Eventually we escaped and ate empanadas at La Masa Empanada Bar. What a great restaurant!
We ended the night by watching the Brady Street Drag Show. It was mostly enjoyable. There was a hardcore fan standing behind us who told us about each queen as she performed. There was only one act I didn't like because the queen kept touching herself in a manner I didn't care to see. Other than that the show was full of energy. It reminds me that I want to see a Dining with the Divas show at Hamburger Mary's before leaving Milwaukee.
That sums up the main excitements in July. Looking back I realize I did more this summer than it felt like in the moment. I appreciate the flexible pacing this summer allowed. Both of my workplaces were flexible and I had time to finish my responsibilities in addition to having some fun. I'll finished up my August post soon and then I'll be mostly caught up to the present!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!