Points North – Part 2

When we moved to Racine, this harbor wasn’t there. Well, at least the harbor wasn’t there looking like this – no boat docks, no buildings, no walkways, no parking lot, no trees, no restaurants … just water … and more water.

But then the city decided they wanted a harbor so they took rock out of the quarry “up Douglas Avenue” and filled in the lake until there was enough rock in the water to build on top of it.

We lived near the quarry and early every morning we would hear the beep-beep of the construction machinery as they backed up and maneuvered their machines.  We’d see trucks with huge tonnage of rocks heading downtown.

And after months of this, Racine had a harbor with a restaurant, a jogging path, walkways, trees, parking lot, boat slips/docks, fish-cleaning station and so much more.

Interesting to think about what it was and what it is.

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So, I saw that a friend was visiting the Home Office with her husband except that her husband was in meetings all day while she was feeling sort of stuffed up with a cold. And we were chatting and catching up on everyone’s life and somehow the subject of Wisconsin came up. She said, “I was born in Wisconsin and we often came back to visit, but it’s been awhile since I was there.”

“Someday we’ll have to take a road trip,” I said, kiddingly.

And she said, “That sounds like so much fun.”

Quickly, I thought through my schedule. I had been fairly focused this week and had gotten a lot done and I could double up on some other things and …

“Like tomorrow?” I asked. “I could get you to Wisconsin tomorrow.”

And that was that. Because of course, I know how to get to Wisconsin and I know where to go when I get there.

Off we went. Because it was rush hour, we made our way to the highway through the Northern Illinois horse farms – 25 mile speed limit, but beautiful, beautiful country … and horses.

When we reached Racine, I headed right to the lighthouse. We didn’t have a lot of time and I wanted to make the best of it. When I left the house in the morning, I felt drops of rain – but now the sky was brilliant blue and the sun was glistening on the water.

Taking pictures of the lighthouse is always fun, but I’m guessing I have about 100 of them already with an assortment of family and friends standing in front of it, (We used to live close enough to bike to it.) but I can never resist taking more.

But oh, what a beautiful day and what fun to take pictures.