The next morning Danielle had to be dropped off early for the game to re-take pictures for her cheer team. So what does a farmer on vacation do on a Saturday morning? Visit a local farmers market is what this one does. The Galesburg Farmers Market is a modest market in a parking lot with a few farmers selling their fall goods. This morning is was 32 degrees and the growers had RIPE tomatoes!
A check in with the Hillcrest Farmers market found it to be a good 10 degrees warmer than this market in IL. Puts the cold weather in perspective.
The homecoming games for the Junior High started at 10a Saturday morning and the cold feel of the bleacher benches reminded us we were not in the south. It did not seem to put a chill on the cheer squad as they did their job of getting the crowd in the game.
With the games over we headed to Peoria so the girls could do a bit of shopping and I found a warm bench to hang out while they went on their bargain hunt. A few new outfits in hand we decided to go to a sushi place that Danielle and I had visited last winter.
For the last 6 years Danielle has been telling us about the 'famous' Gilson Haunted House where she works on weekends in October. Now I have to admit that I have never been impressed with haunted houses and just because she had always 'said' it was so cool had not swayed my opinion. That changed last eve. The haunted house is a converted three story school house and the attention to detail would impress Walt Disney. Sure they had goblins jumping out from the shadows to scare you, but a whole 3D floor where you walk through (with 3D glasses on) a revolving simulation of a black hole, a dark maze with ZERO light , a hydraulic cat walk that drops a few inches while you are walking across even startled this old skeptic. If you ever find yourself in central IL during a weekend in October, go to this haunted house, you wont be disappointed.
This weekend in the land of Lincoln has been a joy and affirms what I do for a career, what I have done as a dad, and what great kids I am lucky to call mine.