We had a marvelous 3 months with so many exciting things--picked up Kyle, Brandon graduated from high school, spent a few days in Idaho with some of the fam, went to Texas and got to spend time with a few of the grandkids--even hours count ; ) and then at the end of August went to Chicago, Nauvoo, and Indiana, where we finally got to meet our newest great granddaughter. Now here it is September 9th!!!
I have posted about the trips except the recent one. It was time to meet Lyla, so we decided to head to Indiana over the Labor Day weekend (yes, we have Labor Day in Canada). Then when I was in Texas, Allan sent me a note and said he had business in Chicago, so we were going to go there first. I thought, he maybe we could hit Nauvoo and go see The Pageant. When I had checked into it, I looked at the wrong site and thought it went until September--bummer!!! But we love Nauvoo so we went anyway.
The drive to Chicago on Monday was good--long, but good. (Of course, I can say that because I don't have to do any of the driving ; ) Lots of toll roads, glad we had a fair amount of U.S. coins with us. We arrived Monday night.
Allan had meetings all day Tuesday. I had talked with Neal who gave me some great ideas of places to go in Chicago. So I got a taxi to take me to the train station and off to Downtown Chicago I went. When I arrived in Union Station I was ready to find my way to the Shed Aquarium--Neal and Macy's recommendation. First problem--I didn't know which door to go out!!! I have not had a lot of experience with trains (other than in Europe) and this was even more confusing than being in a foreign country. I decided to just GO OUT ANY DOOR and get my bearings once I got outside. I started heading out and called my "go to guy" aka Neal. He told me which way to go. I walked, and walked, and walked. Got to the Aquarium and it was wonderful. Only problem--just not as much fun when you are alone. (Now I have no problem being alone, it never bothers me--I can even go to a movie or out to dinner alone, but doing this was just not as much fun. Not fun when there is no one to share the oooh's and aaah's with ; )
Spent some time there. Had trouble taking pictures, but got a couple that I liked.
Then headed to the Field Museum. Enjoyed that as well.
You can't see that fountain in the front very well, so here is another shot.
Back in the car and off to Nauvoo. The drive was lovely. We got there in time to walk around a little. Poor Allan was having some trouble with his leg--we think he had gout and he was in a significant amount of pain. First stop for me had to be the Trail of Hope. I am always so inspired as I make part of that walk. This is one of my favorite plaqards along the trail:
We went to the land and title office and looked up some information. It was fun to find some of Allan's ancestors.
We had a yummy dinner at the Nauvoo Dinner House--it was rib night and I enjoyed every bite, although I had to be careful because I was going to run 7 miles that night.
So back to the hotel to change into my running clothes. We found a route and Allan headed off to take some pictures. Look at this shot he took of the sunset--PRETTY AMAZING, EH ; )
I had to run quite a bit in the dark, but my wonderful husband was right there to watch out for me.
Next morning up to go to the temple. Oh, how I love that temple. Yes, I know it was rebuilt, but I still feel the Sprit of those early pioneers whenever I am there.
|Josh demonstrating his skills!!!!|
We then headed back to have lunch before going to see Wendy's husband, Tony, who just recently got a teaching position. It was fun to see him in his environment. He is such a fun guy (and very smart), and I can only imagine how much fun the kids have in his class. He attempted to teach these guys: