As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting over the first full year of activities my SO and I have done and the blog posts that I have written about them. Here are some of my favorites . . .
I had to travel into the lower part of Wisconsin for this one, but it was totally worth the drive. China Lights is a beautiful display of structures built with an array of colors and hundreds of LED lights. It has to be seen to be appreciated. This is a traveling festival so it will hopefully be back in 2020.
I love a good day hike. This is one of my favorites in Illinois. Located near the more well-known Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen, for me, is the better hike. It is smaller but it has less traffic and more waterfalls. I also stopped by a few breweries, all part of the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail, after the hike.
Whether you are a lifelong Illinois resident or just visiting, taking a boat tour on the Chicago river is something you should do at least once. I have taken many visitors on this trip and they all agree it was the perfect snapshot of the city. I like the Wendella Lake & River cruise because, in addition to the informational river tour, the boat takes you out onto the lake for some really stunning views of the city.
This might actually be my favorite activity of the year. It was inspirational, peaceful, and beautiful. This event happens all over the United States, and in multiple locations in Illinois. Your donation includes the lantern kit and it supports a great cause.
I have a weird fascination with abandoned buildings so, an abandoned prison is about as weird as it can get. The Old Joliet Prison had been closed for years but was unfortunately left vulnerable to vandalism. Thankfully, the Joliet Historical Museum and the City of Joliet joined forces to rehabilitate the prison and open it up for tours. I want to go back again because I have seen pictures of friends’ tours since I went and they were able to get into buildings that I was not (which means more progress has been made on the rehabilitation!).
I hope you have enjoyed my posts this year – I have certainly enjoyed exploring them for you!