|Our campsite at Blanding Landing - yes, we're still here (and all by ourselves)|
|Why did the turtle cross the road?|
|Hiking at Apple River Canyon State Park (a very small state park)|
The gnat situation is still bad, we went into Dubuque looking for mosquito netting to wear over our hats and all the stores we checked with were out of it and not sure when more would be coming in. We ended up ordering some online, hopefully it helps. The gnats are ridiculous but we haven't seen too many mosquitoes yet, I'm very happy about that.
North of Dubuque, along the Great River Road, in the small town of Balltown, Iowa is Breitbachs - "Iowa's Oldest Bar and Restaurant".
This restaurant has been owned by the Breitbach family since 1862! The original building, which was destroyed by fire on December 24, 2007 had been nominated to the Register of Historic Buildings. Less than six months after the fire, with the help of the local community, the restaurant was rebuilt and reopened. On October 24, 2008 another fire struck the building and burned it to the ground. Once again the family and the community rebuilt the restaurant and it reopened on August 1, 2009.
We stopped there for dinner - everything is made fresh from scratch, we had the buffet and it was all delicious. After stuffing ourselves we took a walk down the street to the scenic overlook.
|Looking north to Wisconsin with the Mississippi River in the background|
|Whiskers the Screech Owl|
|Spaulding the Kestrel|
We had a surprise visit from my brother Tom and niece Elizabeth on Saturday (6/14). He just bought a brand new car and decided to take it for a little road trip. They didn't stay too long but it's always nice to have visitors!
|Mary, Liz, and Tom in front of his brand new Prius.|
|Marty, Amie, and Mary|
Since we have all this time available to us we decided to take care of some appointments. I scheduled an eye appointment in Oak Park on Monday and a vet appointment for Maddie on Tuesday morning in Fox River Grove. After the eye doctor appointment we called Marty's sister, Amie, to see if we could stop in for a quick visit and, lucky for us, she was home.
We spent the night with the Schmidt's (Thanks Judy and Don!). We left Crystal Lake on Tuesday night after stopping with some family member at Lou Malnatti's for some deep dish pizza. We have not found pizza anywhere that's as good as Chicago Pizza!
|The gang at Lou Malnatti's|
|Mary Jane, Mary, and Sue|
We've been waiting five weeks so far for our campground to be open. We have two channels on the tv (sporadically CW and CBS). I have read so many books that I'm almost tired of reading. I've crocheted a rug! Marty has caught up on most of his photo retouching projects. If it wasn't for the fact that we do have internet we'd probably be shopping for a house (just kidding). It is supposed to rain all weekend, I think we need to get to Walmart so I can buy some more yarn - anyone need a new rug? or afghan? or scarf?
|This is our future home at Pleasant Creek|