MMM – Middleton Beach Road
Mostly Madison Mondays – a howdoyoudo from my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin
A friend of a friend lives on Middleton Beach Road and curious about a place I’d never been, I drove down the lakeside stretch one morning. If you think I am running out of things to do with Farrah Star day-after-day-after-groundhog-day, you’d be right.
I was curious because it is close to my home and it is on Lake Mendota. I expected a scenic excursion and indeed it was, especially at the end when I came upon these tiny row houses. I vowed to return and shoot them in better light.
You can see the difference between the row houses and the more luxe lakefront properties on Google maps:
Summer houses only, I suspect, as they all appeared abandoned when walking by.
We reached the end of the road which opened to the Lake Street Public Access, and happened upon some fisherman calling it a day.
They hauled all their equipment, which included that makeshift sled and another trailer, off the lake with an ATV. All of this was then driven up and on a trailer which was attached to a pick-up truck. All for seven perch. Is that a lot? I don’t know. It seemed excessive but there is an outdoor winter culture here that I’ve yet to fully grasp. I also spoke to a woman there who was searching for her husband who had been skiing on the lake for the last two hours. I assume they were reunited.
Speaking of ATVs, there was a parking lot full of them on the lake. A parking lot on the lake. The whole scene was very Mad Max: Antarctica.
As crazy as it appears, it does inspire to get out and wander, as long as the ice is thick enough.
Until next time Dear Readers, stay warm and stay curious!