I said it last year and I'll say it again; James is good at planning vacations to get away from the pressures of full-time ministry and just spend time together. This year, thanks to groupon, we went to the Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, IL about 4 hours away from home.
|Hitch-hiking a ride into the resort.|
|The view from our room.|
|Eating supper at the resort|
Tuesday we drove into Dubuque, Iowa to go to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and take a steamboat ride down the Mississippi River.
|Lots and lots of Mark Twain stuff|
|Feeling the pelts of a coyote, wolf, and red fox.|
|The aquarium guy showing us a crayfish.|
|Hudson's reaction to the crayfish. Hahaha|
|Waiting to catch and pet a Sturgeon fish.|
|Dressed in Civil War era clothing.|
|On the Miss Dubuque Steamboat|
Tuesday evening we headed into downtown Galena to eat supper and walk around downtown. Galena is a lot like a midwestern version of Gatlinburg.
|Dancing in the lobby of Vinny Vanucchi's Italian Restaurant|
|At the Galena Rocky Mtn Chocolate Factory|
Wednesday we drove Kenosha, WI to see our friends Lenny and Angela and their two sweet boys. Somehow I managed to not take even one picture. Sigh. Afterwards, we went to the Jelly Belly factory for the free tour of their warehouse.
|Waiting for the Jelly Belly train|
We weren't allowed to take pictures during the tour as they told us all the secrets of making Jelly Belly jelly beans.
Thursday we started the day in Galena with a Trolley Tour. Hudson was super-stoked and kept calling the Trolley Bertie the Bus from Thomas.
|This is a balcony on the DeSoto hotel, the second oldest hotel in IL. |
Abraham Lincoln stood on this balcony and addressed the citizens of Galena in his senatorial campaign.
|Lots to see....|
|Until Hudson finally passed out.|
Then we drove up to Platteville, WI to go to the Mining Museum. It's an old lead mine that takes you on a tour. We were basically the only people there so we got a nice private tour and were able to ask many questions.
|Killing time on the player piano while we waited for the tour to start|
|Our tour guide, who was excellent!|
We ate at Fiesta Cancun in Platteville and it was seriously the best Mexican food I've ever had outside of Mexico.
|This is how we get Hudson to eat. Eat a chicken nugget, get an M&M|
On the way back to the resort, we stopped in Cuba City, WI because they had this random little railroad photo op set up.
Self-timer time for family pictures.
Thankful for a week of fun, good food, and time spent together. Now it's back to the grind in northeast Missouri!