(Fair Oaks, IN) – We never did see any northern lights last night. We drove down the road a few miles into the dark but no luck. Tuesday and Wednesday was suppose to be the best days, but it was raining. I guess we’ll have to wait till next time.
Jim had a lousy start to the day. We need propane, one of the tanks ran out and he took it to a nearby place to get it filled up. The only problem is there was road construction right where he had to turn into the place. He couldn’t get into the place so he came back home. Maybe he'll have better luck tomorrow.
He couldn't go back later today because we had to leave to go to Aurora, IL to pick up our grandson Jack at his daycare center. Instead of going on the interstates like we usually do we decided to drive the back roads so we could see some scenery other than trucks and traffic. It is really pretty in the northeast Illinois area and we even saw some TREES instead of cornfields. And we saw some really gorgeous country homes. Part of the route was on I-55, but only for about 13 miles. But once we drove onto the ramp to I-55 traffic came to a dead stop. Due to construction trucks and cars were merging from three lanes down to one. It took almost an hour to go the 13 miles. There was another stretch of construction after we left the interstate.
I don’t normally go on a rant but this one is overdue. When you see a sign that says a lane is closing in one mile, why do some people have to make the merge RIGHT NOW? All that does is slow traffic go a crawl. If they'd wait until they reach the point of the merge and then alternate (like a zipper), it would go so much smoother. Once we got onto the one-lane portion traffic started moving right along. It was aggravating today, but hey... we're retired. We're trying to not let things like that bother us. :)
We got to the daycare center about 45 minutes later than we planned. Once we got back to Rick’s we played baseball and hockey with Jack. Grandpa did a good job while I took pictures. After a while we went inside and watched Jack play with his toys. He tried out this fitness ball. It was bigger than him, so he gave up quickly.
Rick was out for the evening so we got to spend time with Laura, Joey and Ellice. We had pizza delivered for dinner, and after some after-dinner socializing we left for home. It was slow going because of Friday evening traffic but we finally got home and just crashed. We’ll be going back tomorrow for Jack’s birthday party. It was a tiring day on the road but we loved spending more time with Jack and the rest of the family.