Last weekend, Memorial Day, the campground was about 90% filled, there were tents, pop-ups, and some rigs like ours. There were kids playing on the playground and folks sitting around campfires. Most of them were gone by Monday afternoon and on Tuesday morning we were all by ourselves again. It's nice to have company and it's nice to see them leave.
Unfortunately for us the gnats didn't leave - the minute we walk outside the rig we are attacked by gnats, they swarm us and make being outside no fun, not even for toasted marshmallows. Marty has seen bats flying at dusk but they haven't done much to help (and they're another reason for me to stay inside). This is the first time since we've started our adventure that I am not enjoying the great outdoors.
We played tourist on Thursday (5/29) and took a tour of the Belvider Mansion in Galena. This three story mansion was built in 1857 when Galena was a bustling city and port of the Mississippi River. Here's a link to it's history: http://www.galenabelvederemansion.com/1.html
The current owners live in the three story mansion. The third floor is where they stay during "tour" season but the rest of the year they live in the whole mansion. It's amazing, the antiques are incredible - two chairs and a sofa belonged to Teddy Rossevelt, many pieces were bought from the estate of Liberace and they even have a very ornate chair that came from the Vatican. They also picked up something from an MGM sale, the famous drapes from Gone With the Wind - one of my favorite movies! I never would have dreamed that those drapes would be in Galena - how cool is that? No pictures were allowed inside the mansion but we were the only ones there and we asked really nice and they let Marty take the picture - Yay.
Galena has many beautiful homes and I'm glad we toured this one. Amazingly, 85% of the homes in Galena are on the National Registry of Historic Homes.
|Our great-nephew, Jacob|
|Another great-nephew, Derek|
|Yes, Megan is officially a Badger!|
|One, Two, Wheeeeeee|
|The hikers at the summit|
|Group photo of the kayaking crew|
|Tom and Mary chillin in their kayaks|