Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park
Our main reason for our stay here in northwest Illinois was to visit with some friends and family.
As I mentioned previously, we spent some time with Terri’s brother Tracy. We usually only get to see him once a year now when we’re in the area. The three of us were able to go to breakfast together three times this year! It was great to be able to spend some time with him.
We also went out for lunch a couple of times with our friends Dick and Emily and a third time just with Emily before she went to volunteer at a local used book store.
Terri and Emily became friends years ago when they both worked at a local bank and have remained friends throughout the years.
After seeing my “second parents,” Bob and Ginny, at Freeport Cruise Night I gave my longtime friend Frank (Bob and Ginny’s son) a call. He came out one evening, and we we had a great time reminiscing and catching up on each other’s lives. As I mentioned previously, we were best buddies growing up, and he was the Best Man in our wedding.
I think it had been at least twenty years since we’ve seen each other. We really enjoyed our evening together and look forward to seeing him again next year.
Each year Terri and I get together with some of her former coworkers from the bank for breakfast. Unfortunately this year our friend Betty couldn’t make it due to an unexpected hospital stay, but on the plus side Roberta’s husband, Ron, was able to join us. It had been many years since we had seen Ron, so it was nice to see him again.
From left to right is Dottie, Terri, Roberta, and Ron.
It’s always a joy to get together with them and find out what they’re up to.
Recently I saw on Facebook that some friends of ours were passing through the area, so I contacted them and we were able to set up a time to visit. Howard and Linda were staying a couple of nights over near Rockford, IL, at Blackhawk Valley Campground. The last time we saw them was right after Terri had broken her arm last year at Buckhorn Lake Resort, near Kerrville, TX. It was their website, RV-Dreams.com and all of its wonderful information, that helped us to discover this lifestyle and realize we could do it.
We drove over to their campsite and visited for a couple of hours. We certainly enjoyed seeing them and look forward to seeing them again sometime down the road.
Another reunion for us was a short trip up to Fort Atkinson, WI, to see some family. Terri and I met some of my cousins on my Father’s side of the family for the Friday Fish Fry dinner at The Fireside restaurant.
I hadn’t seen my cousins Jo and Jan for 9 years and my cousin Jerry for over 30 years!
Jo, Jerry and wife Sandy, Mike, Jan and husband Chris.
We had a wonderful dinner and certainly enjoyed seeing all of them again.
We sure have had a great time with friends and family during our stay here in northwest Illinois!