Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Mattoon
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Left home at 8am Sun 12/28/14. Was cold : right at ZERO, Thru Wisc & Ill. Roads were great - no snow on ground after Madison WI. Just on the road. Shooting for Paduca/Tenn state line? Opie is a great traveler but he never sleeps - just sits in back looking out the windows. 5pm & 30 near Paris (?) ...
We are traveling this time with Mike and Karen Wirtzberger, my brother and his wife, and our two Golden Retrievers, Beckett and Brodie. They bought a motor home this past winter and we have been planning this trip since then. We were going to go to Nova Scotia this year but decided that we should get to California and see the redwoods and Sequoias before they are burned in one of the massive fires they are having out there.
We plan on traveling ...
... for how to get to our guide and hosts house - Marvin - he would be waiting outside for us. We had a little time so we walked down the Main Street to the information centre. The town had a strange feeling. The shops looked old and didn't seem to have anything modern in them. But across the road there was an IGA! It was disappointing not to see buggies and horses lined up in the street. We headed off to Marvin's and before long discovered we ...
Happy birthday to my love and my favorite clown, John! We celebrated after the show with wine, junk food, and four episodes of "Girls". A very lovely day which would have only been lovelier if we could have spent it with friends and family back home. But everyone sent John wonderful birthday greetings throughout the entire day, so I know we weren't far from people's thoughts. :)
... blue and red. All hand quilted and a similar age to the one I bought last year.
Another drive and we arrive at Clifford's home where his wife (name slips my memory) cooked up a beautiful meal including home baked bread and a chocolate cream pie to die for.
Time to head back to the hotel for a cuppa and a bit of shut eye.
I promise some photos in the next couple of days ...