…and we must hitch up and go! Our six weeks in Wisconsin has come to a close, and it is time to head West for our summer work camping jobs at Teton Cabins in Moran, Wyoming. The cabins are located 5 miles East of Grand Teton National Park.
We have been busy helping out our friends Mike and Karlyn, getting their new business ready (Alumni Club Tavern and Eatery). Hopefully it will open in late June or July. Dan has been busy with finish carpentry, helping out the electrician, and other odds and ends. My main job has been staining, sanding, staining and sanding.
Mike was able to purchase some gently used kitchen and bar equipment, so we have also been busy bleaching and polishing all the equipment. We are very grateful for the opportunity to help out. Mike paid for our spot at the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park, and Karlyn packed us sandwiches every day for lunch, which was an added bonus! They even took us to see their youngest daughters last high school play “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Maddie played Logainne Schwartzandgruenierre, and did an excellent job! (and yes, I kept the program so I know her characters name is spelled correctly!)
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to see as many people as we would have liked, as we were working 6 days a week. But we did manage a few fun outings with our friends Dave and Angie, college friend Mary, and college friends Mike and Sue. We also met up with Laura and Mike, who will be retiring next year and selling their house. They were very interested in learning more about life on the road. Perhaps we will see them out on the road next year?!
We also want to thank Dan’s parents for taking care of Makena for us, so she did not have to spend all day with her paws crossed, waiting for us to get home. We know she is always well taken care of at their house.
As luck would have it, my brother Jerry was singing with his friend Bobby Way on my birthday back in April at an American Legion Post in Brookfield. Mike and Karlyn joined us for a fish fry before the show started, and my sister Margie and husband Greg came later on. We were surprised to also run into my cousins Mark and Janet, whom I have not seen in several years. A good time was had by all!
We made a lot of progress on the bar, and below are some “before” and “after” photos, showing that we have actually been working! The building had old windows that were bricked up from the outside, and covered in drywall on the inside. My project was to remove the drywall and window. Dan built boxes to go inside the window, and these photos show the progression. They will be used to display memorabilia when the bar opens up. (and yes, the prior walls were multiple colors!)
The bar has a basement that will be used for party rentals. Mikes dad Jim designed the new walls in the basement. The ceiling will be dry walled, and the tile floor will remain.
With the exception of the tile on the bottom step rail, the bar is now finished. It has a bowling alley for a top. Before…
And a final photo of Mike and Dan testing out the bar back in December before we left for Florida, and on our last day of work.
We wish Mike and Karlyn much success with their new business in Menomonee Falls, WI! We look forward to seeing it this fall, when we stop through Wisconsin before we head down to Kentucky to work at Amazon in October.
Quote for the Day: “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey