It's been a busy week since my return from the Michigan UP. A whirlwind weekend doing laundry and removing mud and pine needles from the camper and repacking. This time for a trip to the Lake Darling cabins with three very long-time friends. We were scheduled for this annual sojourn in May but Covid cancelled that. Normally, we eat out several times but decided to take all of our meals and share cooking. The problem was that the parks have removed all dishes and utensils from the cabins--again due to Covid--so we had to take all of that in addition to clothes, bedding, games, puzzles and lawn chairs.
But we had a great time. We have been through a lot together and it's always a great sharing time. We made one short shopping trip on Tuesday but spent the rest of the time hiking and working on a puzzle. We didn't even get any games in. But we had beautiful weather, yummy food, and a couple of nice campfires. Fall color was starting and we spent a lot of pleasant time on the cabin decks.
We returned home Thursday morning and I had 24 hours for more laundry, a much needed haircut, and to return the dishes and clothes to the camper. I arrived at Fishermen's Corners campground in East Moline to join friend and former coworker, Marcia, and her husband Harlan for a few days. Yesterday we visited the Quad Cities Botannical Garden--a place I had never been. It's a beautiful place and currently decorated for Halloween. We also stopped at an apple orchard and picked up some goodies. The afternoon brought a long nap and some reading followed by steak and salmon, grilled potatoes, veggies, pumpkin bars and s'mores. I had no trouble getting to sleep.
Tomorrow I return home, and lest you thing my life is all play and no work, Tuesday I am working a satellite election site and then must dive into yard work before the city condemns my property. And more laundry.
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