Sunday, July 3, 2022

Back to Normal - Summer is Here - Day Trip

 Shiloh, IL (Hi 94  Lo 72)

I had to get back into the swing of things from Pennsylvania trip. I'd love to stay in that area in the summer it's so pretty. I'm sure it will get hotter in the next couple months. 

I went to Frank's to wash my car. I wanted to see just how many more dents I have on it, which ended up being none. I did have a few spiders and webs all over it. I ran out of energy from the heat to get the inside done. 

I have a film sort of thing on the headlights that's been driving me nuts trying to figure out how to clean is. Frank looked up how on internet and said to use toothpaste. It worked!  I wanted to do a bit more and thought of the glass cleaner you use on a stove top with a souring pad would work. That did the trick for the rest of the cleaning. It's hard to tell but tried to take a picture of before and after. 
The headlights are brighter, that's the result I was looking for. 

I wanted to mention for future reference that the summer here is a lot different than Florida. It's always hot with high humidity in Florida all summer, and it rains daily. Here it gets cool (57 deg on mornings at times) and the humidity is quite low. That changes in August they tell me, but most of the time I don't run the AC, only the ceiling fan. It's been better here so far I have to admit. 

I needed an oil change, it hasn't been done since March of last year getting it ready for the trip to Illinois. I only put on 3500 miles for the year, but I want it done for the summer trips. Frank sent me a coupon and the rest of the town was using it to. I had nine cars in front of me for oil changes at Valvoline. It was an hour and 20 minute wait, but I had nothing else to do. I did keep the motor running for AC which took a bit of gas, but it was well worth it. They were fast and I'll be going back next time I need a change. 
This is July 4th weekend. The family planned a get together with everyone in Peoria where our grandson, Kyle lives. It's something he wants to do yearly. We drove two and half hours to Peoria, IL Traffic wasn't really bad and very few trucks for a change. We met at a park which was huge and very nice. There was a play area and trails on steep cliffs to walk and climb. We stayed seven hours. Kyle grilled and did a great job for his first time. We had two tables of food and the desserts were excellent.
                                            Brenda and Sherri
I didn't get a full group picture. I always forget what pictures should be taken and notice after I get home. 

Frank (son) looks just like Jim. I had a rough time not calling him without saying hun, or Jim.
                                        Frank, Kendall, Dee and Kyle 
Some fun 

We went sightseeing i another area, Peoria Heights along the Illinois river.  We also stopped for dinner at a BBQ place. It was a hopping town with lots of bands playing and people eating outside. The weather was perfect. 

One of the bands in the area
Kyle, Holly, Leo, D, Michael, Brenda, Brenda, Faith, Frank, Sherri, Dee
I took quite a few pictures and sharing the whole album. We had quite a time watching all the fireworks on the way home from all the areas. Some were way in the air and others were just close to us from towns. I also saw fields of fireflies which I haven't seen in many years. I'm glad to know there's still some living. It was so pretty watching them over the corn fields. We got home close to midnight. The ending to a wonderful week. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Trip to Pennsylvania Part 3 and Final

Shiloh, IL (Hi  90  Lo  69)

Monday we weren't sure if the courthouse would be open downtown Greensburg but it was and that's where Ruth looked up the land deeds of the family. It's a good way to find out who bought land after coming to the states. Her family was from Ireland which she found out from family members and who wanted to know about her past family. We were told where to go and meandered thru the halls to the deed room. There's rows and rows of cabinet drawers. I didn't take pictures of  the whole room, but very interesting that records go back to 1500's. 

We went from the courthouse to Hanna's  town. Great history on this town and small fort. 

                            Ruth wants to put this picture in the O'Fallon newspaper.. I'm holding O'Fallon's newspaper and they take a photo with your picture and the location. 
I saw there's a campground nearby with cabins. I wanted to check them out. They're totally furnished. An RV'er friend told me to maybe go to campgrounds with cabins rather then motels while traveling. This one is Keystone State park  There's big ones for big parties/families and smaller ones for four people. 

We drove around a bit getting back to the hotel. It's neat to turn the wrong way or miss a road, somethings the neat stuff are  off the beaten path. 
                                        This row of houses reminded me of San Francisco. 
            There's a church on every corner (or seems like it). A lot of Presbyterian. This one if Methodist. 
We got back to the motel and crashed. We're eating in all the meals looks like we have our own grocery store. We're doing really well. 

Tuesday, We went back to the Butler library where we were on Friday. There was a lot more to look up that we didn't have time to find. I looked up old maps of the world to see differences from now and then. The differences from 1400 to 1560 in the two maps. 

After we left the library we decided to find Buttermilk Falls. It showed on the website to be gorgeous and you can walk behind them. Since there hasn't been much rain around here we were kinda worried it would be nothing to see. We found it with many turns and it ended up being a trickle but it's a really pretty area. The falls are part of the Mr Rogers (Mr Roger's Neighborhood) story of his life so we also found him on a bench in Latrope.

                                                        Just a trickle

                                    Mr. Roger's museum. We didn't go in, we didn't have time. 

                                            Some of the views today. 

We have loved being here. We learned a lot about the area and about the wars that happened around this area. (Wars are men with ego problems)  I had to add that, it's my take on wars. I've never heard of women starting a war. 

We left early on Wednesday morning. If you want to see more pictures I have a shared album.  Click here. 

Back at the apartment all was fine, but the electric had gone out at some point, so had to reset all the clocks. I volunteered on Thursday at hospice, got groceries and a hair cut. I'm set now till middle of July till my next trip. It was a great week, I'm so glad I went. Thank you Ruth for the invite.