We got up, ate, walked Summer and then cleaned up around the RV. Kids got started on their school work and really did well staying focused to get it all done for the day. We planned a field trip into the city of Madison to see the capital building and the University and State Street. Daddy left early this am to see clients around the state. He had some driving to get to all of them. The sun was out and so it didn't feel too cold outside.
We headed out of the RV / campsite after we ate lunch.
We started at the state capital building. We found a good parking spot and filled the meter for about an hour and 15 minutes…..using the change we had in the car. We then walked around the outside of it first then went it to take a look around. What at cool place. Very old feeling but very magnificent feeling. The dome in the Madison Capital Building is the largest in the US. It is painted and very pretty. We made our way up to the observatory deck and met Roger who worked up there monitoring the foot traffic up and down the spiral staircase to get up to the top deck. We talked to him while we waited our turn. At the top the views around the city were awesome! When we came down the deck – Roger told us he wanted to share some stuff with the kids. He took us down the narrow hall some photos of 1914 when they lifted the lady statue, named Wisconsin, to the top of the building. In that time, they didn’t have fancy cranes to lift it up there. It took 3 lifts total to get her up there and they did complete it all in one day. She was not covered in gold at the time of the lift as this would have damaged the gold covering on her. She has a hat on her head that is made from a badger….so a little known fact from “badger territory” of the University of Wisconsin – what is at the very top of the capital building in Madison – the answer might not be a “lady” but rather “a badger”! Roger was great with the kids and he was born and raised in Wisconsin and loved teaching them something they will always remember about their trip to Madison, Wisconsin while homeschooling on this RV trip. Thanks Roger for the tidbit of information.
After our exploration of the City of Madison- we grabbed some sandwiches and headed up to see Papa Ivan and Grandma Julie at the holiday inn suites. They are in town and helping Haylie with last minute details for the wedding. The kids are excited to check in at the hotel on Friday.
We wrapped up the evening watching a movie in the RV as a family. It was a better day – mostly because the sun was out and we were exploring Madison!