Category Archives: Illinois

IOWA ~ Our Return Trip With Tim’s Mom Begins

June 4th ~ Chrisman, IL to West Liberty, IA Well, we are back on the road today. This time Tim and I have company (besides Gus that is). Tim’s mom, Shirley has joined us in the RV for the return … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS ~ ITS ALL ABOUT ASHLEY AND WILL’S WEDDING!

MAY 31st – June 2nd ~Chrisman, IL The rest of our time in Illinois, it was all about THE WEDDING! Ashley is smart, beautiful, tiny, sweet, and Tim’s niece. She is the only child of his brother Larry and sister-in-law … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS: Small Town USA

May 26th-31st ~ Hume, Illinois ~ Tim is from a split family, as many of our friends are. Growing up in a small farming community, everyone knows everyone. When we come back to his home town area, we try to … Continue reading

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ST. LOUIS: Missouri Botanical Garden

May 27th ~ St. Louis, MO Our weather was hot and humid, but we were not to be deterred. Since it was a holiday weekend, finding an RV park in St Louis the previous evening became difficult. We ended up … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Illinois

November 20 – 28th Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family ties and long-time friends. My roots were in Oregon and Tim grew up in the heart of the country where soy bean and corn fields can be seen for … Continue reading

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A visit to Tim’s family home

September 30 to October 3rd ~ Hume, Illinois It has been about 10 months since Tim’s dad passed away and our first time back to his family home since then. I was concerned that it could potentially be a tough visit … Continue reading

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Illinois ~ Another re-connection, Art Institute of Chicago

September 28th and 29th ~ Chicago, Il Traveling has enriched our lives in so many ways. We have seen architectural wonders, natural beauty that has taken our breath away, learned about countries and visited sites where history happened.  From art … Continue reading

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10 fun and unusual things to see, do, experience in rural Illinois

My first trip to central/eastern Illinois was about 20 years ago.  I grew up in Southern Oregon in a smaller city, but have lived in big cities (mainly San Francisco and Los Angeles area) since the early 1970’s.  I think … Continue reading

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From cornfields to festivals, Midwest small towns have something special

We just returned from a one week stay in Hume, a very small town in east/central Illinois, about a three-hour drive south of Chicago.  Tim grew up in this area and still has family living there.  Our journey was primarily … Continue reading

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