I finished up all of my school obligations by Tuesday, so I was free to move about the state on Thursday! I packed up the car and headed down to Janesville to stay with Jon and Sarah. I arrived in the early afternoon to unpack the car, print off some directions and head back to the north to Madison to have dinner with my college buddy Callen!
It was a nice picnic that I attended, met some wonderful new young friends and just had a grand time. Before Callen arrived, I went to the Olbrich Botanic Gardens in Madison, which is deserving of it's own actual picture post!
|Formal Gardens at the Olbrich complex|
|This is always hilarious!|
|Beautiful Miller Park|
Saturday found me driving- again- this time through Illinois to get to Champaign where I met my long-time loseit friend, Gary. He brought along his girlfriend, Janet, and we had a wonderful time talking and walking and having dinner. They both are such wonderful people and I am so glad I got to meet Gary. We started off as gardening friends and then he was instrumental in getting me into weight-lifting, and indeed wrote my first routine! I will be ever so grateful for that! Anyway, we picked up our talking in person from where we left off on the phone- Janet was able to get a few words in edge-wise, so I think a good time was had by all.
|The only interesting thing on I-39 in Illinois! :)|
|Gary and Janet|
There are some really cool old buildings in Champaign at the U or I, but I will post them in another place later.
Sunday found me driving BACK through Illinois to Wisconsin, yay, and basically the kids and I goofed off for the rest of the day... This was good, as I was pretty tired by then. We did go to the family farm, the place where I grew up and looked around. Someone needs to live here, as the poor thing is starting to fall apart. So, I believe that things will need to be done - cleaning, repairing, maybe selling. It was a very sad visit, I felt like I was saying goodbye.