Mike and I did our second 5K together in a month when we wogged our way to the finish line at the ‘Stache Dash. The run was in support of Movember, an international movement to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s issues. It was nice to know that part of race fee was contributed directly to the Movember charity.
After somewhat warmer weather earlier in the week, things had turned cold in Milwaukee – just in time for the Saturday event. Although it helped that the race had a later start time of 12 noon, it was still a mere 23 degrees – with 15-mph winds – when we queued up. We ended up bringing up the rear when my mustache hat flew off in one of the gusts and I ran back to retrieve it. At least I got some extra running in! The costumes were super fun, and there was pretty scenery along our route.
We had a great time despite the cold. The best part was that Mike brought home his first medal! Now we just have to find someplace to display it in the rig where it won’t take a chunk outta the wall as we motor down the road.
“I thought this was one of those crazy mud things you’re always doing,” Mike said as I was picking up my bib from the tent near the river. We were in Boston on a drizzly Sunday morning so I could do the Boston River Run along the Charles.
“If I’d known it was a regular run, I might have done it with you.”
I wrapped my arms around him, squeezing tight and grinning up at him as I said, “You still can! They have on-site registration!”
He sighed knowing he was beat and let me drag him over to the next table so he could sign up.
And that’s how we ended up wogging (walk-jogging) our first New England 5K together. We walked most of it, sprinting for the photo opps and the finish line. We held hands and laughed and took delightful detours – discovering graffiti aliens and wrecked crew boats – because we were too wrapped up in the moment to keep track of the other runners. It wasn’t my fastest 5K, but it was definitely one of my best.
Native Americans were the first visitors the falls of the Big Sioux River. The Lakota and Dakota were nomadic bison hunters, and they used the falls as a place to rendezvous with French fur trappers. As the land around the falls was claimed by European settlers, a 1,200-acre village sprung up. Sioux Falls became an official city in 1883. Railroads really put the city on the map, with a population spike from 2,164 in 1880 to 10,167 at the end of the decade. Economic ups and downs over the years mirrored the nation at large, but through it all, the falls have been central to the city’s industry and recreation.
In pioneer days, the falls were used for water power to run the Queen Bee Mill. When it was built, the mill could process 1,500 bushels of wheat and was considered one of the most advanced facilities in America. Unfortunately, weak water power and a lack of wheat forced it to close in 1883, just six years after it was built. A few companies attempted to make the mill a going concern over the years, but nothing worked. After a fire in 1956 compromised the structure, upper walls were knocked down until only two of the original seven stories of the mill remain.
Remains of the seven-story Queen Bee Mill
Millrace and dam
Today, Falls Park covers 123 acres with an average of 7,400 gallons of water dropping 100 feet each second. With paved walking and biking paths, picnic tables scattered charmingly on the grassy spots, and a cafe in the old Light and Power Company building, the park is captivating place to spend an afternoon with family and friends.
Liquid Johnny’s is a bar and restaurant on the corner of 76th Street and West Main Street in Milwaukee, easy walking distance from the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park. We stumbled across it while we were there to work at Harley’s 110th. We liked the idea of a place we could where we could imbibe freely if we wanted to – without having to worry about driving home.
Liquid Johnny’s is known for it’s Friday Fish Fry. Mike had fish and chips and liked it a lot. I went with a combo of shrimp cocktail and the homemade tortilla chips and salsa. The shrimp cocktail was delicious. The shrimp were plump and fresh, so good they almost didn’t need sauce. The tortilla chips were an instant favorite. Hot and crisp out of the oven, sprinkled with just the right amount of salt. I bet they’d be fabulous with a beer if I drank the stuff.
At Liquid Johnny’s, your bartender is your waitress, so it might take some time to get refills or extras if they’re busy. Napkins and menus are on the table, and on the weekends, the compact space has live music. It’s a cool place to hang out if you’re staying in the RV park…or even if you’re not.