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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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Jul 4, 2014 - May 30th through June 31st

On Friday the 30th, we set our sites on Joliet, IL. It would be a pretty long driving day, but we were ready to get there. We got on the road and arrived at our destination around 5:00. We got checked in and got our house set up. We called and let our friends, Tina and Marty, know that we had made it. The RV park was only about ten minutes from their house, which would prove to be very convenient. After we got set up, Benny and I went for pizza at Maciano’s, one of our favorite pizza places in Joliet. Afterwards, we went home and relaxed...

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May 18, 2014 - Joliet, Illinois

Early Saturday morning Ross & Marge left the KOA Campground in Granite City, Illinois and drove about 220 miles to a campground located on the outskirts of Joliet, Illinois. The campground is a membership type facility where individuals can buy a membership and/or a specific site. The facility is basically a summer type operation that is open from May 1 to November 30. The unsold sites are available to overnighters. The campground has gravel and grass sites equipped with 30/50 amp electrical, water and sewer. The facility is adequately...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Joliet is for Prisons

Next we headed for Joliet Illinois. We went through a huge windmill farm in Indiana that was incredible. Couldn't even begin to speculate on how many windmills there were. Someone's trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Joliet found us in a very nice Casino park but they had NO SEWER. They did have a continental high carb breakfast that was nice. We also relieved the casino of a few dollars. Not much but a lot better than losing money. Nice visit with Trish's sister Judy and her husband Ben. Then off to Michigan to see family.

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May 31, 2013 - Joliet IL

This last day of May was a lot of Jeep driving, some touristing (is that even a word?) and some good eating. We even dodged some nasty weather, at least so far. They say we’re due for some storms in a couple hours but the latest radar looks like the worst of it will stay south of us, but then again, I ain’t no weatherman. We got up and out of here at about 11:00 and headed back north on I-55 to the town of Willowbrook and had lunch at Dell Rhea Chicken Basket on Old Route 66. Their fried chicken was voted as the best in the Chicago area a...

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