Friday, April 23, 2010

In Madison, Wisconsin

We made it to Madison! The drive went well, with no noted issues. We've found that it's ideal to get to a show venue before 3 p.m. We arrived just before 2, so great timing. This means less of a line to do the vet check, and less of a line for unloading, and for color check. It gives us plenty of time to set up and get checked into our hotel before getting dinner. I did take pictures of our pen set up, but I left the camera in the truck and now that I'm all snuggled into our hotel room, I'm too tired to go get the camera. I'll post my pictures tomorrow night.

We are at the Alliant Engery Center in Madison. We have never been to this show before, so we had no idea what to expect. The stalls are a bit strange in that they try to fit rectangular stalls in a rounded area surrounding the arena. It's a bit awkward. It's also not one big room, which we have found at other venues we like so much. There is a circular passageway around the arena where the stalls are set up. There is a wall separating the stalls from the arena. We'll see how this goes. Tomorrow we will have time to walk around and take a better look.

We found our hotel fine and were happy to see a hot tub. Nothing like relaxing after a long drive and setting up! I have some bruises from wrestling with Cafe last night (seems she did not want us to trim her nails prior to the show). She not only knocked me down (which isn't so easy, I've held quite a few bigger alpacas than her), but she also jumped over our fence around our paddock! (It is lower than our outer fencing, but still, she should not be able to get over it).

For dinner we jumped in the truck and set the garmin to find us something. We decided to try the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.. What an incredible meal! I had:
Texarkana Burger
One-third pound of choice beef* broiled to perfection topped with sharp
cheddar, BBQ sauce, applewood bacon, haystack onions, chipotle cream
cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles on a JalapeƱo roll.

It was the best burger I have ever had! I mean that too.

J had:
the great dane’s brat & bacon pretzel burger
A one-third pound U.S.D.A. choice ground beef* patty and a one-quarter
pound bratwurst* patty grilled with caramelized onions and topped with
applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, pickles and tomato.
Served on a pretzel roll with a side of Peck’s Pilsner mustard.

J tried some of their brewed beer. I am not a beer person, but did enjoy a sip of his. For beer, it was good. I had some specially made cream soda. That was a nice treat.

Tomorrow morning they are having the alpaca show exhibitor meeting at 8:30 a.m. This is late compared to what we are used to. Many of the shows we have been to have this meeting on Friday evening, then start the show at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday, or they have the meeting right at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. It will be a slower start for sure. Add on the time change, and this will feel like 9:30 a.m. for us. Also, we usually have an animal in one of the first classes (we usually have at least 1 black animal with us). But we only have 3 animals here, all of which won't show until later. We easily could arrive just in time for the 8:30 meeting, then feed our alpacas, then go out to breakfast. Should be a slow paced morning.


Noah and Jillian Schwander said...

Sounds like you guys are having a good time. Things here are going well. Spot did escape this morning when Noah was feeding the alpacas. Noah thinks he might have slipped into the hay shelter and them under the other side while he was feeding the girls, because the gate was still closed. He looked for Spot for about 20 mins before Justin's Mom brought him back luckily. The neighbors across Spruce found him in their yard. He sure travels fast!

cara said...

oh no! He is such a sneaky guy. He's gotten out a few times on us. It doesn't help that the neighbors across the street left a big ham bone outside, that Spot found. He thinks he can get a ham bone if he escapes. Thankfully he usually doesn't go far, and he does always come back to his girls (one time I couldn't find him, but he did eventually come home on his own). It just takes him some time (and sometimes someone escorting him).

Noah and Jillian Schwander said...

Its official, Spot knows how to unzipper the zipper on your hay shelter. We were both feeding the alpacas Sunday morning when he did just that after eating his breakfast. We thought he would just come to us when we called him since we saw him slip through the tent, but he just kept running like it was a game. It actually ended up being pretty comical....Noah chased him all the way to Hess Lake in his socks (his clunky work boots were not good for running and fell off in the woods behind your neighbors house.) I ended up picking them up with the car on the Spruce down towards the lake. Spot had quite the adventure and Noah was sure all your neighbors thought he was a crazy person running through the woods shoeless! Anyway,watch out for Spot and the Zipper! He is a sneaky one! Can't wait to hear how the other two girls did at the show!

cara said...

Thank you guys so much for managing Spot! Who knew he was smart enough to unzip the shelter. That's crazy. Our neighbors already think we are strange so worries there. I didn't realize he could do that, because I've been feeding him the girls new area. We'll have to make sure he's not left in the backyard area with the zipper door.

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