So if you have read any of my posts, you know that I was in desperate need of a rest. So we found a cheap place to stay for the week (you get a greater discount if you stay a whole week). I knew if we did this I’d have more time to rest and actually do some school with the kids, even if it put us “off track” for a day or two.
While in Wisconsin, we stayed at a ritzy resort with a pool and great internet and fancy people who came up on the weekends. We didn’t quite fit in there! I wanted to stay an extra day (for the rest) but they were booked. Plus the kids wanted to go to the nearby waterpark because it was supposedly the biggest waterpark in the US. That didn’t happen, what with having to move along and my desperate need for rest, anyway.
So we moved on to Illinois and this place had the worst reviews ever. There was trash and broken down RVs and trailers everywhere. However, there was plenty of space and the people seemed nice. The cheap rate was also good, too. I really needed a break on the price after the “resort” we had stayed at.
So the last time I had a crazy adventure like the one we are on was right before I got married. I went to live in Chicago with a friend and only made it one month. It was such a disaster and one of my biggest fears about this trip is that it would be a failure, too. So here I was back in Illinois visiting another friend who moved here after I left.
Day 1 – Went to Church, met a great woman about my age who gave me some waterpark tickets! So my kids got to go to a waterpark, anyway! We rested and cleaned the RV the rest of the day. It was nice to get it a little bit more organized.
Day 2 – Went to Chicago. I walked into the Art Institute remembering the 2 days I worked there (in the coat room, with an art degree, and hated it, quit immediately after being able to tour the entire museum and see their special Renoir exhibit). It was great, although with kids not as much fun as I would have liked. We also went to the Shake Shop and ate at Millennium Park and then went on to Navy Pier to ride the giant Ferris Wheel. A lot of walking, but it was nice to see my friend, Geordie and hang out in the city. It makes you wonder how so much time can pass before seeing friends sometimes.
Day 3 – Waterpark. Caleb got sick while we were there (like early in the day, he just laid there for the day), but the girls liked it, despite the very long lines. We also got to shower since we were all afraid to shower at the RV graveyard and I don’t like showering in the RV
Day 4 – School day and rest! We (for the first time on the trip) had a day to actually stay at the “RV park” and focus on school. I could check over papers and check the work they were SUPPOSED to be completing over the last 3 weeks. It was good to get caught up, but disappointing that more hadn’t been done while we had been traveling. We also got some laundry and cleaning done, as well.
Day 5 – Another day in Chicago – sadly without my friend this time. It was not great, we went to the SkyDeck and a certain person didn’t want to tour so we didn’t. Not sure why I didn’t just do it, sometimes I worry too much about pleasing every single person in my family. In the end, I regretted not touring Chicago, especially because Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen have another sculpture there (they are the ones who made the Spoonbridge and Cherry). We also went to Edwardo’s Natural Pizza for Chicago Styled Pizza – it’s the best, I worked there in Denver as a teen.
Day 6 – Another day of School in the RV – not sure how I’m going to make it through a year of this
Day 7 – Packed up and left – you have no idea how that was (you HAVE to read the next post if you love reading about my trials in a hilarious way)
In the end, I liked the graveyard. I mean for $180 for 7 days it was good. There was space, I had electricity, water and sewer and I could come and go. I mean at Walmart, it might be free, but you can’t leave your RV there. I don’t need a nice RV park and this place was open to anyone. Wish there had been wifi – It was a crazy experience, though.
- Got to see my friend
- Got the tickets to the waterpark
- Got to talk with adults
- Got to actually rest and clean and even do school
When we stayed at a RV park for a week in Yorkville, Illinois it was a haunted RV park. A swimming hole, deadly mosquitoes, other stuff I can’t remember. The good stuff about the RV park was…
- A little really fun train (which you like never expect)
- I got to ride a golf car on the back with my amazing mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When we went to Chicago I was in the tallest structure in the world. (BTW if was 103 feet high and I was on the one hundred and third floor!!!!!! We also went out to eat and I got a salted carmel shake instead of a drink. It was sooooooooo delicious.