I've been a working professional for two years, and I know one thing for certain: paid holidays rock. The 4th of July is one of 'em, and nothing beats a weekday off from work.
Note: In Wisconsin, the word "beach" means a lakeside place to lounge with a small amount of sand and a large amount of grass. There are no waves, no seashells, and building a sand castle would be a challenge.
|I set up my towel lakeside and pulled out the latest issue of Vogue: pure bliss.|
|The ducks kept me company.|
|After my first swim in Lake Mendota. Wet hair and Ray-Bans.|
|Swimming: check. Now, back to lounging in my Havaianas.|
|Chick pea salad, chips, olives, a veggie dog, and a veggie skewer: Yum!|
|Took those Havaianas to lake #2.|
And then, it happened: I revealed the horrible fact that after living in Madison for over two years, I had never been to Memorial Union Terrace (arguably the best place for summer hangouts and swimming in Lake Mendota). We packed up our bags, headed over to the Union, and claimed our spot on the dock:
|Michal and me enjoying the sun.|
|We had a beautiful lakeside view...|
|and jumped in!|
|My second swim for the day: quite relaxing.|
After hours by the lake (which included meeting Alejandro, a friendly Puerto Rican who will be Michal's new salsa dance partner), it was time to grab a table and get some food (we opted for Mediterranean wraps).
|The signature Union chair: these are all over the terrace in orange, green, and yellow.|
Really brightens up the place!
Two lakes, two swimming trips, and a delicious BBQ: a fabulous 4th of July.