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Saturday, December 6, 2008

At the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Milwaukee with our kids. This was the first time in several years we were all four of us together for this holiday and it was really great. Chris wanted to go to the Harley-Davidson Museum and since they were also having a special day-after-Thanksgiving event complete with a give-away of commemorative Harley-Davidson Museum glasses we piled in the car for the short ride to the museum grounds, conveniently located off I-94 at the crossroads of 6th and canal, right on the Milwaukee River. To be honest, I'm not really a big Harley fan (imagine that!) but this museum is so well done and connects the history of the motorcycle to other historical events and the displays are really entertaining and informative. As a graphic designer I really appreciate HD‘s attention to detail and the quality and cohesiveness of their design, in everything from the bike design to their letterhead, business papers and advertising, even from the very beginning of the company.

We had a fun time sitting on the different bikes and exploring this really cool place. There was even a big screen TV showing clips from all the great motorcycle movies like Easy Rider and The Wild Ones. It was just fun. I‘ll try to post some of Bob‘s photos later. These were taken by the photographer at Harley-Davidson and were downloaded from their site.

We finished our tour with a free beer in the cafĂ© that overlooks the river. The only negative part of the day was the fact that the museum restaurant was not staffed up enough to handle the crowds that day and they ran out of some of the menu items and beers we wanted to try. No big deal though and I would definitely recommend a visit there if you are in the area, even if you aren‘t a follower of the Hell's Angels!

Me and my Harley

Jessica, with Chris riding shotgun

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