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Aug 7, 2020 - Old Joliet prison

Yesterday we stayed at the eagle and put more gravel into the hole at the rear jack. It made a small difference. I put in a 5 gallon bucket of gravel and a litter pan full of gravel and barely made a dent in the soft spot on this lot. Today we took a guided tour of the old Joliet prison. This is the place where some of the blues Brothers movie was filmed as well as a TV series prison break. The prison was built in 1858 and utilized until 2002. Many of the older buildings are still in tact although fires did damage several. This was the...

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Aug 5, 2020 - Frank Lloyd Wright Home and studioIn both the outside and inside

We toured Frank Lloyd Wright original home and studio in Oak Park Illinois. This was very interesting as it shows the early ideas he utilized and the way his architectural style evolved. The home is very modern looking In both the outside and inside and is a real contrast to the Victorian style that was popular at that time. There are several homes on the street that reflect his evolving style and are a combination of common exterior with windows that are closely placed together and flat roofs over the porches. We were fortunate to be able...

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Aug 3, 2020 - Leisure Lake rv Resort

We had no problems getting to Joliet, have now changed time zones. The check in is all outside the office on a table, no entry to the building allowed. This is a very large park and we are among fifth wheels, there are a few motorhomes but not in our section. The site is gravel and long enough for the truck but one of the jacks went way down into a hole. Ray got out the shovel and filled it with excess gravel from the front, may have to add more later. Glad we have the snap pads or the jack would really have been buried.

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Jul 28, 2019 - Jet Lag

We are now in Joliet, Illinois after spending 3 weeks at our buddy, Bryan’s, property in Michigan. What a fun 3 weeks with coffee each morning with Bryan, cook outs and campfires. We can’t thank Bryan enough for allowing us to stay on his beautiful property-much better than a commercial campground any old day!! The day before I left for California we took a day trip to Hickory Corners, Michigan (near Kalamazoo) to visit the world renowned Gilmore Car Museum, North America’s largest car museum and rated in the top 5 car museums in the...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Des Moines - a Great City

Joliet, IL Before heading east, we spent some time exploring Des Moines, IA, with Jim’s brother and sister-in-law. First we explored part of the Principal Riverwalk in the heart of downtown Des Moines. The pathways there connect to 300 miles of trails. Along the trail is the beautiful red Chinese Pavilion in the Asian Gardens. This eye-catching structure along the river with a beautiful bridge in the background is still beautiful but last fall a man went ballistic and took a ball bat to many of the sculptures and the fountains. We still...

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Oct 22, 2016 - Joliet, Illinois with Nancy and Tim Okal

2016-10-23. Joliet, Illinois with Nancy and Tim Okal After driving east along the Highway from Hell (I-80) to Indiana Dunes, we went back, yes, back, to the Chicago area where we met up with our friends Tim and Nancy Okal. We usually stay at the Hollywood Casino Hotel’s RV Park in Joliet but, because of Roadie’s crate and his “puppiness” , we were loathe to subject them to a night in the RV so they were nice enough to stay at the hotel next to the campground. We went to Joliet and took the self-guided tour through the ruins of the Joliet...

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Aug 23, 2015 - Joliet/Chicago

Up early AGAIN!!! We have to be on the train platform in Joliet by 8:20am to arrive Chicago 9:30am. Train ticket cost $8.00 for round trip. We arrived in Chicago in the rain, wind blowing, and fog. What more could we want!!!! Walked to Willis Tower and purchased tickets for the Big Bus Hop on Hop Off Bus as that seemed to be a good thing to do with the rain coming down. Waiting till later in the day to do the Willis Tower as it is in the clouds/fog. Rode the bus to the Navy Pier where we took a 75 minute Architecture Tour down the Chicago...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Joliet/Chicago

Up, breakfast, and off to the Dune ride in Saugatuck, Mi exit 41 off I 196. The area of sand dunes that we are going to ride is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. A 40 minute ride was $19.00 and was well worth it. It was so much FUN! We took a ride also through the village of the quaint little town Saugatuck but didn't stop. Maybe next trip! After the dune ride we headed for Joliet, Ill where we have reservations at the Quality Inn exit 130B off I 80. Checking in we decide to check out the train into Chicago. The Metra station is...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Joliet Iron Works

When we are at home between trips, we are busy recovering from the last one, preparing for the next one, catching up with family and friends. Having lived in metro Chicago all our lives, we are rarely in tourist mode at home unless someone from out of town comes to visit. So it was a real treat to take a tour twenty minutes from home. One of our favorite off road bike trails follows the I & M Canal and terminates at the southern end at the Joliet Iron Works. We could see rust belt looking ruins from our bike seats, but didn't know much...

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Apr 19, 2015 - Showing our Cheap Sid

After the Caterpillar Museum we went back to the campground, had a quick lunch, and headed out. We wanted to be sure we got out before the scheduled rain arrived as the ground was quite soft and we did not want to get stuck there. We headed northeast to Ottawa, Il where we circled the block a couple of times to find a place to park Otto in order to see the Scouting museum there. This museum included girl scouts & boy scouts, campfire girls, Indian scouts, and just about any other branch of scouting. We recognized things from our own days of...

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Oct 4, 2014 - The McAteers

Today was McAteer day. We love the whole McAteer family – and there are a bunch of them. Kathy and Jim McAteer had four children – Jim, Sheri, Kelly and Dan. Kathy lost her husband too early from a heart attack in 1984. Kathy and the kids carried on and managed college and successful adult lives. They also proved to be productive. Here is a rundown. Jim is single. Sheri and Mike Moonan have 4 children – Mike, Joe, Ryan, and Dan. Kelly and Mathew Elenteny have 4 children – Mathew, Jack, Conner and Kathleen (KK). Melissa and Danny Mcateer...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Joliet

We are heading into the “friends and relatives” section of this years travels. It took two days to get from St. Cloud to Joliet and Martin Campground. Martin is less crowded this year than last when it was full of construction workers. There are still a number of workers here but we were able to park in site 3 with full hookups. We have just finished a great dinner at the home of Lorie and John Gustafson. I worked with John, he is one of the “Baseball Boys”, and we have remained friends with the Gustafsons for many years. It was a nice...

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