Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park
After a most relaxing week, we left Bald Eagle Campground on Friday, 8/9, and headed mostly north and a little east to Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park near Lena, IL.
This was another one of our more typical travel days. It took us one hour and forty-five minutes to drive just over 80 miles. We actually reserved our “favorite” site #115 for ten days beginning on Saturday, however we decided to drive up a day early and take our chances on getting it Friday. As luck would have it, the site was available. And lucky we were, because I have never seen this many sites occupied by this many tents in this campground!
The people in the sites on both sides of us knew each other, and we were right in the middle of their weekend. Of course they all cleared out on Sunday!
Since there aren’t too many options in the area, we always end up here at Lake Le-Aqua-Na when we come back “home” to visit. We like this campground because it’s usually very peaceful and quiet. Unfortunately, the sites are electric only. We prefer site #115 because we’re right next to a water spigot, and I can get the DirecTv signal from here. We’re also able to get ABC, CBS, and NBC with our antenna.
To celebrate our arrival we headed to our hometown of Freeport, about 20 minutes away, to Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant. We’ve been there before and really like their food. Terri decided she wanted a margarita, but when she placed her order the waiter asked a question she wasn’t expecting: “Small, medium, or large?” Not quite knowing how to respond to that question, she apprehensively chose “medium.” My thought was “whoa”… and then I ordered one too! They were much larger than we anticipated, and we could have easily split one. I had no trouble getting mine down, but Terri struggled. I suggested we ask for a “to-go” glass… but decided they wouldn’t/couldn’t do that, so I helped her with it.
As usual the food was excellent.
Saturday, 8/10, we went out for breakfast with Terri’s brother, Tracy. We hadn’t seen him for about a year, so we had some catching up to do.
Then, Saturday night, Terri and I went to downtown Freeport for the 36th Annual Freeport Cruise Night!! Amazingly, we were at the very first one of these waaaaay back in 1978! It was reported that there were an estimated 13,000 people and 800 vehicles in attendance this year. It all started in the late afternoon and went well into the night.
This 1970 Plymouth Road Runner
was ordered from the factory for use as a…
Drivers Education Car!!! There were some really lucky students back in 1970 in Ashville, NC!
Along with everyone else, we were joined by this crew.
Homeland Security was on site protecting us from the bad people of the world. There were also several food vendors and a live band.
The cars began to cruise about 7 P.M. with the “antique” cars starting things off, and then the rest joined in.
We settled into our chairs street-side and watched the cars cruise on by.
Also cruising Saturday night was this group from Parkview Home…
a retirement community/long-term-care facility here in town. They were throwing candy out to the kids and just having a great time “cruising the circuit” with all the others.
Terri and I have noticed lately that the age of most of these car owners at the car shows/cruises are at least our age and up. She asked me at one point, “back in the day when we cruised, weren’t most of the people our age?” I laughingly responded, “They STILL are our age! You just have to be old and rich to afford many of these cars!!” We always enjoy this event and plan to be back again.
A special moment happened soon after we arrived downtown. As we were walking around looking at the cars, I recognized two special people from the past.
Bob and Ginny are my “second parents” from my childhood. Their son, Frank, and I were best buddies growing up. In fact, Frank was the Best Man in our wedding. Our families spent many weekends together camping and just having fun. My parents, Terri, and I used to square dance with Bob and Ginny too. It’s been many, many years since we’ve seen them. Then yesterday, Sunday, they stopped out at the campground to visit for a couple hours. It was really great to see them again! By the way, Bob is NOT sleeping in the photo above. Stupid me only took one picture of them, and I didn’t realize his eyes were closed.
Stay tuned for Part 2…..