One Tank Trip

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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Sorry it’s been so long since my last scribbling here but Linda and I have been on vacationwith our friends the Graves. I know what you’re thinking..you’re retired..your whole “life” is a vacation. That may be true but we sure enjoy our getaways each June with Denny and Joan. We made good on our threat to invade Watertown last Saturday. The weather was perfect for golf.  The rooms at the casino were fantastic but the slot machines were not in a very generous mood.
We had made reservations to eat at the old Lakeshore restaurant and dine while watching the sun set over Lake Kampeska.
The place is apparently under new ownership who changed the name from the classy-sounding Lakeshore Restaurant to LUNKERS which sounds more like a sports baror a fish market than an upscale restaurant but I was assured that everything else was the same as I made reservations for Saturday night. Then, just as we were about to leave, I get a call from a Lunkers manager who said the employee who took the reservation didn’t realize that the restaurant would  be closed to the public because of a wedding. Well, as our friend Joanie would say, “doesn’t that frost your bobber?” The same thing happened a few years ago when we tried to have dinner there.
So we decided to take the advice of someone who commented on my Watertown blog last week and head over to the Waverly Steak House..just a few miles east of the casino. It was a good choice but there was no lake and no sunset view.
The Graves had never been to the Redlin Art Center before so we spent an enjoyable couple hours there on Sunday followed by a fascinating, freaky, sorta great and sorta gross “Body Human” exhibit and the Goss Opera Houseand Gallery that’s in the middle of restoration in Uptown Watertown. I’ll tell youmore about that experience later this week.
Denny and Joan’s daughter and son-in-law let us use their cabin at Lake Madison for two great relaxing days of golf, fishing and soaking up the serenity of the place.  A wonderful time and we only used three quarters of a tank of gas. Oh yeah, we may have been snookered out of dinner by the lake at Lunkers but we had the best grilled hamburgers I’ve ever eaten on the back deck of our cabin with this view of the sunset.Eat your heart out Hemmingsen!Okay, as soon as I start gloating about my picture-taking skills, Hemmingsen points out the fact I must have been tipsy when I took the shot because the lake appears to be leaning..and assumably draining  south. With his vast computer skills, Steve has managed to straighten out my horizon so Lake Madison is safe for boaters again and no longer a flood threat to the fine folks in Chester.Thanks Steve.

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