Since our next stop is all the way east in Wisconsin and we didn't want to drive this all in one day, we opted for just an overnight stop in Shawano, WI which is right off the highway. Jay was really tired about an hour into the 4 hour drive, so I ended up driving most of the trip. Of course, as soon as I started driving, it started to rain. Well, it was either that or a construction zone, so I think I got the better of the two.
When we got into the town of Wausau (these Indian names are killing us with the pronunciations!), we had seen several billboards for a "famous" restaurant/ bakery in Wausau, so we decided to stop for a late breakfast. Luckily, since it was Sunday, the parking lot at the bank next door was empty, so we were able to pull in there and park.
The restaurant was really crowed, which was a good sign and it was worth the wait. The food and service were great.
From here we had about 45 minutes to our overnight stop in Shawano. We found a really nice RV park with lots of amenities but our spot was in the trees and a little tricky to back into. But Jay did a great job backing in despite my terrible directions. Usually we're a pretty good team at this but for some reason I sure wasn't helping much. I guess I was RV parking challenged that day.
After setting up, we decided to drive into town, as the rain had let up. We didn't expect much to be open late Sunday afternoon, but we were pleasantly surprised with a cute, historic downtown and a few interesting shops to browse. We found a used DVD store and picked up 3 classic DVD's and also found a gift shop that was huge and very different.
As much as I don't like animals that have been to the taxidermist, the gift shop had 5 raccoons in a canoe, with several paddling and one smoking a pipe. This scene was just hysterical.
As in all the towns we visit up north there seemed to be potted flowers everywhere. We also found a couple metal sculptures. One was a dairyman and his cow and the other, two lumber jacks sawing a log. Definitely the essence of the area.
On our way out of town, we drove down some of the residential streets that bordered the river. There were some really beautiful homes in this small town.