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Milwaukee day trip

May 22nd, 2006

This is how you know that you a) aren’t that fond of the general public and b) are a homebody at heart. We went to Milwaukee today and were back home by 2 pm. The funny thing is we only spent about two hours at the zoo.

Traffic sucked since we got caught in the morning rush hour going out there, but we were expecting that. We were a bit shocked at just how many people were at the zoo on a Monday morning though. Don’t these people have jobs/school? And the field trips, oh the field trips full of screaming children! I don’t remember going on field trips so late in the year. Joe brought up the fact that schools usually contact a zoo when a group is coming, so I wonder if they’d give out that info? If so, next time I am calling first to see how many groups they are expecting. Not that there will be a next time anytime soon. This was our third trip to Milwaukee Zoo and it seems to shrink every time we go there. I’m sure it’s only a matter of perception since we’re familiar with the layout. I really liked what they did to the Big Cats exhibit, however. Last time we were there it was being renovated so I was excited to see the results and it didn’t disappoint. You can get really close to all the big cats as well as the adorable red pandas. I just wish they used anti-reflective coating on the exhibit glass. I didn’t have any luck getting a good shot of the tiger outside even though he was mere feet away. :p

After the zoo we had lunch at Kopps. Their burgers were rated #1 this year in the City’s Best on AOL Citysearch. My cheeseburger was pretty good, but definitely not the best I’ve had, and their fries were just crap. Normally fries are like pizza, good even when they’re not, but these were sooo bad: soggy and flavorless. I was tempted to go across the street to the McDonald’s just to get some fries. Joe had a chocolate shake and that was nothing to write home about either. Despite that, I enjoyed trying something new. It’s always an adventure.

On the way home we stopped at the famous Mars’ Cheese Castle (seen on the Food Network) and bought some cheese curds and chocolate cheese. I haven’t tried either yet, so I’ll get back to you on those.

Photos from today’s outing.
Outtakes at Flickr.

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  1. kapgar
    May 23rd, 2006 at 09:30 | #1

    I’ve never heard of Kopps before, but I don’t think I’ll be making it a point to go. I’m still dying for an In n’ Out Burger in the midwest. That was one of the most spectacular burgers I’ve had in my life. Yum!

    Katie and I really need to go to more zoos. We’ve only been to one (Brookfield) together.

  2. May 24th, 2006 at 11:11 | #2

    I never trust those “City’s Best” lists. I always feel that they are rooked or the voters just have no taste. I’ve seen a list where people voted Dominos as the best pizza in San Francisco. Would you trust that list?

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