|The house was for sale so I snagged this pic from the website.|
We took shelter under a covered dock/pier for probably twenty-five minutes or so. Luckily, we weren't chased off by the owners!
We did a bunch of hiking, too!
A couple of my favorite moments involved food. Naturally. The first came after we were on our way back from hiking in the heat and Laura spotted a general store, in the middle of uber-rural southern Illinois, which boasted all sorts of supplies ... and ice cream! We stopped, went in and were told, "Nope. Sorry. No ice cream. That sign out there has been there for ages and we just haven't changed it." Yeah, that stunk, but the consolation prize was homemade pie. Yum!
Later that night we were craving ice cream and Laura suggested the gas station up the way. I was expecting a stand-alone freezer with ice cream novelties and nothing more. I was partly right. They had the novelty ice cream, another stand-alone with Dippin' Dots and one more with pre-made waffle cones dipped in chocolate. Did I mention they also had eight different cartons if you wanted a hand-dipped cone? I was so happy!
When you get this far out in the country it's all about the gas stations and general stores. And, they didn't let us down!
Lastly, we stopped by The Vault in Marion, IL for lunch on the way out of town. The Vault was an old bank, on the square in Marion, which had been turned into a restaurant. It was a pretty neat!
We created a fair amount of memorable moments on our trip and when I came home I found a recent purchase waiting for me in the mailbox.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!