The city of Madison was hip.
The University of Wisconsin is blended with the downtown area, and the city itself is located on a relatively narrow isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Bonus points if you knew what an isthmus was before looking it up – I didn’t. Now for the Daily Double:
Jeopardy Question: This metropolis is the only other major US city located on a isthmus in addition to Madison, WI. (Answer at end of post)
Driving around all this farmland has made me curious about what tractors and combines look like up close. I’d like to drive one someday, but for now I’ve settled for climbing around a few of them at a farming machinery junkyard near Plymouth, WI.
The levers and shifters in the tractor cab were fun to play around with. They all have super long throws. Even for the windshield wiper and blinker, the levers stick out 10 inches from the steering console.
I drove through Milwaukee before wrapping around the south end of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee used to be the beer brewing capitol of the country before the big four breweries (Blatz, Pabst, Schlitz, and Miller) moved out of town or closed up shop. After a long period of neglect, the majority of the Pabst Brewery buildings are now being renovated into apartments and offices. However the attached Pabst pub, administrative offices, and souvenir store are being preserved, and the current owner still offers tours.
This is the current owner, Jim Haertel, posing with King Gambrinus.
I have rarely seen anyone enjoy anything as much as Jim Haertel enjoyed sharing the history of Pabst with the people he led on tour. Check out Best Place tours if you’re interested.
I’ll be heading back through Wisconsin from Upper Peninsula Michigan in a few days, so more to come out of Wisconsin soon.
Answer: What is Seattle, Washington. Seattle is situated on an isthmus between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.