This weekend I had a fabulous time seeing some sites from a different perspective, and some for the first time.
Ended up getting a tour of West Roger’s Park on Friday night, where I heard a lot of interesting stories, many of them quite funny, but always fascinating. Then hung out at The Hop Haus in Rogers Park. After meeting some nice people there, one of whom picked up part of the tab, ended up at Uncommon Ground with some friends.
Saturday I traveled with A Special Person to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, home of both Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University. It was a really nice day weather-wise, although a bit windy, but it was lovely to be outside for so much of the day and evening. We did a decent amount of walking around the campus and the towns. There is always such a different kind of energy in a college town, and it was fun to see the town through the eyes of someone who remembered the place being quite different when they lived there a while ago.
Today we meandered our way back home but made a quick detour to Utica, IL, home of Starved Rock State Park. We didn’t hang out at the park proper long (a lot of people, some bugs [believe it or not]) but we saw the Starved Rock Lock and Dam system for a little while.
The best part of the weekend, other than simply spending so much time with people I enjoy, was the fact that for the first time in a very long time I was the passenger. I didn’t have to plan any of the events. I was just able to sit back and enjoy.
So it was a tiny weekend away that was well-deserved and very enjoyable for so many reasons.