Snate's Six-Month Sojourn travel blog

Stunning timed family shot

Mom, Sam and I on the beach

On Wednesday, Sam and I continued our westward trek, though not very far. We essentially crossed Ohio and stopped immediately inside Indiana at Pokagon State Park to camp out for a night with my parents. Being incredibly good at planning meals, my mom had thrown together BOTH dinner and breakfast, so we really got to hang out rather than wander to the grocery store and such. The food was SO good: chicken salad, blueberry bread, apple sauce and this jello/sour cream salad. Woo hoo!

Pokagon is a pretty nice park that I apparently went to when I was a kid, though I can't remember this much at all. The campground was huge and relatively empty - I can't imagine what it's like in the dead of summer! In the evening we wandered around on the trails down to the lake for an awesome sunset. My parents just got back from three weeks in Portugal and Spain, so we talked a lot about the trip and then went through their digital pictures on a laptop set up on the picnic table in our campsite. Talk about roughin' it. After the pictures, we had a good sized fire and chatted about life in general as well as the brilliant campers a few campsites down throwing gasoline or something similar on the fire and lighting the sky. Eventually Mom and Dad crawled into their tent and Sam and I crawled into the back of our car for the night.

The next morning we had some delicious eggs and bread, went for a walk and took a long needed shower! Then we said our goodbyes, and Sam and I hit the road for Madison, Wisconsin, timing it perfectly to hit Chicago around 4:00 for the rush hour we love so much. This is, however, the exact same week that we drove across the country in 2000 when we first moved to Portland, and back then we made the same mistake. So the two hours in Chicago traffic was as blissful to us as I would imagine re-enacting the Battle of Antietam is for Civil War buffs.

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