Before heading off to the Kankakee area tomorrow, last week had me tip-toeing through far southern Illinois, near the Kentucky border to small communities called Ware and Wolf Lake, before making my way toward Mt. Vernon again and eventually landing the farthest north I could get in our Illinois Great Rivers Conference: a small community called Hillsdale (near Saint Claire which is north of the Quad Cities). Next was a jaunt through Galesburg to Fairview Center UMC, in the middle of corn fields outside of Monmouth, and then a 5-hour drive over the Mississippi river into Missouri for a ladies luncheon at Bluff Springs UMC, a country church near Canton.
That 5-hour drive actually had me passing through Avon, Illinois, where my grandfather was the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist church there. I stopped to take a few pictures for my mom and dad, who remembered visiting during their dating years when they were in college together at Western Illinois University.
I’d recount more tales but as there isn’t enough time for that, I’ll just post the pictures here.
I will say I did have a couple of quiet days in Galesburg, waiting in between my talks, which was just what I needed. I even managed to get in my swimming time at the Galesburg YMCA, at their morning lap swims from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Yes, as one addicted to my water sport, I’ll always find a pool anywhere I might be, and that definitely included Galesburg.
Next week, I’ll land for about 4 days in my home town where I plan to finish my summer newsletter and have that in the mail by August 1. Time is slipping away rather quickly so it’s best I do as much as possible before my next journeys send me back onto the interstates for more presentations.
Enjoy the photos! And thanks to all who are in them for making my visits enjoyable, fun and worthwhile.
Ping An! (Peace)