2017.03.21 -- MADISON

I went down to the University of Wisconsin in Madison for a couple days of computer training.  Here's the Science Hall building at 7am...
science_hall

We were up on the third floor, in the Geography department.  You can look downtown and see the Capitol a mile away from up there...
madison

After class Monday, I walked down to Capitol Square...
wisconsin_capitol

That is where we took the State Christmas trees a couple times all those many years ago.  I continued walking past the Capitol and found the main DNR building...
dnr_bldg

A couple miles later, I reached my final destination...
madison_aikido

I had written them and asking if I could join them for their Monday class.  Their style is a bit different than the one I attend in Ironwood, but it was still fun.

Then, it was an hour-long bus ride back towards the hotel I was staying at.  With all the miles of walking, more than I've done in one day in a few years, carrying my duffel bag with my Aikido clothes the whole time, then getting beat up for an hour, I was pretty sore by the time the bus reached my stop.  (I had an all-day pass and should have taken the bus after the Capitol, but it was a beautiful day and finally felt like Spring was actually here.)  When I got off the bus, I didn't know if I would be able to walk the final half-mile to the hotel.  Luckily, I made it and didn't have to sleep on the sidewalk.

While I was away, Kelly started collecting sap to make maple syrup...
sap_buckets

She did the setup on Sunday, and was so excited that the sap was flowing that she boiled down the little bit she had that evening into her first syrup...
first_syrup