This was the view from our hotel room at the Potowatami Casino and Hotel in downtown Milwaukee over the weekend. And what exactly were myself, my wife, and my 3 week old daughter doing at a casino downtown Milwaukee over the weekend? Hanging with friends of course.
I’ve attended the Murder and Mayhem conference for 7 or 8 years and was sad that it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to make it this year, the first since they moved to their new digs in Milwaukee. But on Friday, with the weather being horrible and rainy and cold and windy, the trick or treating with the kids didn’t last very long. So as we sat on the couch at 7pm trying to figure out what to have for dinner, we decided to see if we could make a trip to Milwaukee work.
At first we thought about taking all of the kids and making a family vacay out of it, but when I called the hotel and they said they didn’t have a pool or a kids activity area, we dropped that idea. But if we could unload the bigger kids on grandma and just take the baby, that had potential. So with a sleepover at grandmas secured, we loaded up Natalie for her first road trip. Our kids actual have a history of going on long road trips to mystery cons before they’re a month old. Spenser went to Baltimore for Bouchercon and Holly went to Indianapolis. Those two trips didn’t work out so well, but this one did and I was happy they came with me.
Next up is Bouchercon in 10 days in Long Beach and that will be just me this time. We’ll see how that works out.