Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Dry Camp at Cabela's

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 25 - Cabela's, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States

A word to the wise:  Don't, a thousand times, DON'T try to find a jewelry store in or around Chicago in the middle of the afternoon.  Our first mistake happened when our computer lost the GPS signal 5 minutes before a major turn.  By the time I scrambled to get the backup GPS turned on, we had taken the wrong highway.  Then the second GPS continued to send us in circles.  Finally, I tried the navigation device on my phone and got where we needed to be - JARED - to buy Pandora charms.  The traffic was incredible, the other drivers wouldn't give an inch, the road blocks and construction areas were non-stop, and the lane-changing was like nothing I've ever seen before.  Art deserves a gold medal for his driving performance today.

Anyway, after the added 2 1/2 hour driving fiasco, I got to pick out four new charms for my necklace, thanks to my sister Mary.  I got an owl, a bird, a giraffe, and a suitcase.  The clerk there was very helpful and shined up my necklace, too.

After jewelry shopping, we were only 15 minutes away from our stop for the night.  That's 15 minutes in any other part of the world except for Chicago.  About 45 minutes later, we arrived at Cabela's in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  Much to our dismay, the first thing we saw in the parking lot were signs warning, "No Overnight Parking."  Customer service reps in Cabela's told us that we were welcome to spend the night, though, that it was a local ordinance against overnight parking, not their rules.  They said they encourage RVers to park overnight all the time and that no one has ever had a problem, so we stayed.

We had forgotten about the time change, so we actually gained an hour of time to browse around the store.  Art looked for some new boots, but they didn't have the ones he liked in his size.  He has such small feet - 7 1/2!  (But enormous thumbs, girls.  You know what that means.)

We were going to eat in Cabela's restaurant but decided against it since they were just about to shut down.  Art made us a salad and a hamburger in the motorhome and we watched a little TV, mostly about Michael Jackson's death today.  What a great talent he was!  Despite his quirkiness, I, for one, will miss him.

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nbcteaela on

Oh my gosh! This is going to be so much fun! Your pictures are fantastic. I see that Cabela's is a really cool place to visit. Sorry you had such a time finding the Jared, but it sounds like you got some cool charms. I'm really glad you didn't have to find another place to stay after all that! Looking forward to seeing more great pics and seeing your entries. Love you!

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