As a continuation of our summer memories series, we’re sharing our second batch of favorite things from summer 2015. We hope you’ve enjoyed this summer as much as we have. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section on what you were most fond of this summer. If you missed our first installment, you can check it out here.
This year we had an all day cookout party in front of my house to watch everybody riding and biking for ‘Walk & Roll’ 8/30. A policeman on a horse came up my driveway and front yard to say hi to all of us.
This summer I was lucky enough to enjoy what might be termed as a “Madison summer.” It was filled with Concerts on the Square, Farmers’ Markets and hikes in Devil’s Lake State Park. But I think my favorite part was being able to walk around Pope Farm Conservancy and take in the sunshine as I admired the hundreds of sunflowers.
My favorite part of this summer was visiting Chicago for an extended weekend. It was my first time since moving back to Wisconsin that I visited the city. I couldn’t have asked for better weather the entire weekend. I enjoyed many of my favorite restaurants, coffee shops and visited the Chicago Institute of Art. The best part of the weekend was reconnecting and catching up with friends I met last year.
Everything I know about fishing I learned from my Dad. And my favorite summer memory this year, as many years before, was fishing with my Dad in the North Woods of Wisconsin on a beautiful body of water near Townsend. We had five rods in the water, and a sixth was in the photographer’s canoe. Together we caught enough pan fish during the July Fourth weekend to enjoy fabulous fish fries many times this winter!
A summer highlight: Hiking near the Rocky Mountains at more than a mile above sea level near Golden, CO on the Custer family ranch. Made the mistake of wearing wooly socks that captured hundreds of tiny burrs, each requiring extraction by hand. But worth it.
Having just moved to Madison in May, I finally got to experience what Madison has to offer during the summertime. Swimming and catching the sunset at Lake Mendota was one of the biggest highlights.