Spent several days at “Big-River” state park; I will be spending some more time there before the end of summer. Have to catch that big-Cat! I will probably be deploying to Iraq in the upcoming year, so I am going to enjoy our great outdoors, all I can, while I can.
Fox Lake… I love that bar they have on the island. The only way to get there is by boat. Man, that is a party. People like to fish there too… but fishing for me is a peaceful thing, so the fishing wasn’t fun with all the drunken partiers around…. But the bar was fun….
A week at EAA Airventure, camping under the wing of your plane.
A friend goes geotrekking a lot. It combines geocaching with scenic hiking. One person takes a picture of a really pretty view from a certain spot, leaves a souvenir in a cache there, and you are trying to get to the same place by following GPS clues and maps, tracing his same path.
I have pretty much moved into the local water park. I take VanillaToddler and the boys I mentor there once a week. There is nothing more ridiculously fun than tearing down a water chute into a large toilet bowl where you spin around like a turd until you drop into a cold pool of 8′ deep water. Then you eat bad pizza, I check for sunburn, (how I envy those guys!), and dare one another to go face first down another chute. I have come to the conclusion that you cannot age if you are too busy laughing, trying to keep your trunks up, and willing to keep up with four 10 year old boys at a water park. It is the fountain of youth.
This spring my father-in-law and I went on a trip with the St. Louis Zoo to the Cache river basin. I never realized we had a beautiful cypress swamp in Illinois. And IDNR has done a great job constructing floating docks and boardwalks well into the swamp so you can become immersed in the habitat. Truly breathtaking! I can’t wait to go back and try a canoe trip through the backwaters.
We spent a few days at Pere Marquette State Park early this summer. The Lodge is great, just like Starved Rock full of massive wood beams and huge flagstones. The area is beautiful, with great hiking trails and that nice paved bike trail too. We saw eagles everywhere, kayaked in the Illinois River and brought back a case of Piasa white wine from Grafton.
Galena … one of the most beautiful parts of the state. Who says Illinois is flat? The downtown is a great place for a family to eat, shop and hang out. In the water, there are ski resorts…in the summer, there are golf resorts…
I’ve spent the last few weeks between Chicago & Springfield defending the ridiculous objections filed against the Green party slate petitions! It’s been wild! This signature by signature examination is proving to be baseless as over 200 objections to blank lines have been discovered & voting registrars objected to (speaking to careless preparations, done in bad faith etc…) It is bringing MANY lifelong democrats to the Green party, even their own workers at the signature examinations!
Oh, yeah, vacation… between Chicago & Springfield - the whole state looks GREEN
GO GREENS GO!!
Going to be in Chicago for a week and spend a little time sightseeing. After that, maybe take the kid to Gurnee to Six Flags to the water park, and I plan to make my own trek to either Starved Rock or up by Galena. But then again, it could be a trip to Savannah for a new tat at Poopie’s.