About a year ago, Pam won a couple of return tickets on the S. S. Badger. The Badger is a ferry that runs across Lake Michigan from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI.
After a year, we still hadn’t used them. One of our problems was figuring out what to do in Wisconsin.
Then Pam figured out that there was a Carlos O’Kelly’s in Wisconsin. Since that’s our favorite restaurant chain and we hadn’t been there in years, this became our mission. All we had to do, was drive 100 miles to Ludington, take the 4 hour ferry to Manitowoc, and then drive over to Carlos O’Kelly’s.
We checked how far it was from Manitowoc to Carlos O’Kelly’s. Carlos O’Kelly’s was in Onalaska which is on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, due west of Manitowoc. Google Maps told us that it was a 3.5 hour drive.
Hmmm. It didn’t matter. We were still totally doing this.
On the appointed day, we got up at 4:30am. We left the house at 6:30am to get to Ludington by 8:00am. The Badger left at 9:00am but needed an hour to load the vehicles and passengers.
The 4 hour trip across the lake was mindnumbingly dull and the lake breezes were more brisk than you’d expect in July.
Once we got to Manitowoc, it took another hour to retrieve our car and be on our way.
The drive across Wisconsin was uneventful except for a minor detour to a Wisconsin cheese factory. Pam had hoped for a tour of the factory but they weren’t doing that. We settled for cheese instead.
We got to Carlos O’Kelly’s at 5:00pm – dinner time.
I was a bit nervous when I saw that my favorite dish, the Burro en Fuego, wasn’t on the menu. When I pointed this out to the server, she explained that it was still available but not on the menu. Whew!
Pam didn’t have these worries since her favorite, the Enchiladas San Carlos, was on the menu.
The burro was as good as I remembered it. Shredded beef, atomic salsa, jalapeños, and a side of Mexican rice for when the spices needed to calm down a bit.
After stuffing our faces, we scampered back toward Manitowoc and spent the night in Green Bay.
On Sunday morning, we lolled around Manitowoc while waiting for the 2:00pm ferry back to Ludington.
The ferry ride back was duller than the ride out. The weather was cloudy but the rain held off until we were back on the road.
I wish that there was an easier way to get to Carlos O’Kelly’s.