Do you ever get so excited that your brain ceases to function normally?
Or you're so excited about something new, like a fresh haircut or a new car, that you think for sure everyone is going to notice?
Both of those were me right in this moment.
I strolled into the airport like I owned the place. Holla. That's right, I'm here for my Pack Up + Go surprise vacation. I'm going to Milwaukee! I'm so lucky that there is hardly anyone in line at my securty gate. So rad. That's me.
Is this the line for Sun Country gates? No?
I was looking at the letter for my seat, not my gate.
I have no idea where I am.
Finally through the correct security entry, I strolled up to my gate (which I double checked on the monitors twice). Oddly I'm still in "I'm a big deal" mode and I didn't pay attention to the instructions for lining up for boarding the plane. I somehow got on the plane not understanding that seating is first-come-first-served. I had to ask the girl walking down the aisle in front of me how to know which seat to sit in. My cool attitude was completely in check after that. I swear was turning 34, not 14.
I spent the flight planning out my day. First stop: Swingin' Door Exchange, which was on the list from Pack Up + Go, and also which my Uber driver to SDE confirmed was a quality pick, a popular Milwaukee location.
After a delicious burger and beer, I wandered toward the Milwaukee Art Museum. I passed many a worker in business attire. It made me smile a little bigger to know I was currently operating outside the "normal" adult routine.
The Art Museum was a lovely building...from the outside. Despite the sweaty mess I was becoming from wandering around with a backpack in the full sunshine, it was far too nice of an afternoon to spend it inside. Especially when I had this beautiful park and lakeshore in front of me to explore. Sorry art.
I wandered along the lake and into the park until I spotted the giant rainbow kite. Oooo, pretty colors. And a great idea. A good breeze coming off the lake, sunshine, and a bit of time to kill -- the ideal moment to fly a kite! A noble unicorn from the Gift of Wings Kite Shop made a perfect candidate for the job.
I checked into my hotel -- The Plaza Hotel Milwaukee. I was so pleased to see I wasn't staying in a big typical chain hotel. This place was adorable. Yep, I just used that term for my hotel. Deal with it. They gave me actual keys for my room. My room had its own kitchen equipped with a full-sized fridge and a small oven. There were two closets (yes, two!). One of the closets was so big it had two doors (yes, two!). Ha!
I showered and ditched the backpack before heading out for beers and dinner -- and sunglasses!! Not a good thing to forget when you're going to be outside for the next few days. A nice lady pointed me in the direction of Metro Market as the most likely and probably only place nearby that would sell sunglasses. I lucked out and found some sweet aviators. Ah yisssss. No more squinting!
Water Street Brewery was the focus of my evening. The Raspberry Weiss was my first victim. Scrumptious! Eventually followed by the Honey Lager Light -- also tasty. So far this city is setting the bar high! And then my glorious dog sitters sent pictures of my puppies! Oooooohhhh, they're so cute! (The dogs, not the sitters... though the sitters are adorable also.) :P
I had yet to take a direct route anywhere, and I didn't anticipate that to change. There was so much to see while roaming from point to point and I didn't want to take the same route twice. The architecture was fantastic. Quite a few churches, many of which looked like a cross between a fortress and a church (in a rad way). The details were spectacular.