My husband started a new job in January (yay!), but it means he doesn’t have any vacation time (boo!). That forced us to get creative. Fortunately, creativity is something at which we excel. ~grin~ What does one do when one can’t take time off? One does mini-vacations, of course!
Basically, I took a virtual string and drew a four hour’s drive circle around our house. There’s a whole lotta real estate in that circle, let me tell you. Milwaukee, Madison, the Kettle Moraine, Horicon Marsh, Galena, Lake Geneva, Door County – and that’s just north of us. West is Iowa and the Mississippi, the Amana Colonies, Geneva, and lots of forest preserves. South is Springfield and the Lincoln Trail, Indianapolis, and lots and lots of rural Illinois. There’s St. Louis, which has an amazing zoo and free museums. East is Amish country and the coast of Michigan. So much to do right here at home!
For his birthday, we went to Galena. Nestled in the rolling hills of a kettle moraine valley, (a moraine is the valley formed by glaciation), it was once the largest city in Illinois and thought to rival Chicago. The river was large enough and deep enough that steamboats could come from the Mississippi and commerce flourished. Now it’s a bedroom community, home to shops and restaurants that cater to the tourist trade. It holds a special place in our hearts because it’s where we went on our honeymoon.
The picture above is from one of my favorite little yarn shops, FiberWild. She does a brisk online business, so do check out her website. Her kits are awesome; she makes them in-house with patterns done by her or by local designers, with enough yarn to complete. And the yarn – lordy, I didn’t want to leave. Michael, on the other hand, was excited over a pair of hand cuffs circa late 1800’s that he wants to use in his photo shoots.
Something for everyone, Galena has. ~grin~
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s your favorite local getaway?