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I had a hard decision to make when I left on my ’round the world trip. Do I take my beloved jackalope, and Silly America’s mascot, Flopsy? Or, do I leave him behind?

In the end I decided that Flopsy would be better off at home. On road trips he mostly stays in the car except to come out to see roadside attractions and the like. But traveling through Europe he’d have to endure time in my backpack and numerous hostels and trains and planes and buses. The risk of him getting lost was just too high. And, besides, he’d have to spend a heck of lot of time in quarantine to even be allowed into some of these countries!

So, alas, I left poor Flopsy behind. He’s been doing fine, keeping busy with his friend Goat the monkey. They invented a game called “play with this piece of green string.” But Goat is a homebody, and Flopsy likes to see America.

So sometimes when the cat is away the Jackalope will play, and Flopsy took off this weekend for a road trip to Milwaukee. And boy did he have a good time…

Visiting the Golden Pyramid House.
Visiting the Golden Pyramid House.

Flopsy and the Bronze Fonz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Flopsy and the Bronze Fonz.

Flopsy enjoying PB&J Ice Cream at Pal's in Genossee Depot in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Enjoying PB&J Ice Cream at Pal’s in Genossee Depot.

Flopsy at Safe House spy-themed restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Outside the Safe House.

Watching the Wings Open at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Watching the Wings Open at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Viewing Folk Art.
Viewing Folk Art.
Meeting Rooty at the Sprecher Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Meeting Rooty at the Sprecher Tour.

Enjoying Kopp's Custard.
Enjoying Kopp’s Custard.

Exploring the Aquarium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Exploring the Aquarium.

At the Public Market in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
At the Public Market.

Apple picking in Wisconsin.
Apple Picking.