Relaxing at Rockwood Volume 5
We left Wilmette on Friday. It was a beautiful day!
How quickly the years pass by! This was the 11th Minnesota vacation with us for Anna, and suddenly she is a young woman, looking forward to her senior year of high school, visiting colleges, and taking advanced science and language courses. She is also an accomplished photographer. We felt blessed to be sharing this time with her.
It has been our tradition to stop at the Bevidere Oasis for our first stretch break. A quick ice cream cone at McDonald's and the obligatory "pose" on the compass heading north. As she stands there, Grandma always remembers the past.
For most of our years traveling together, we have made a very short first day. Our favorite place to stop is the Hilton Garden Inn at Middleton, Wisconsin. They have a beautiful kid-friendly swimming pool, and every "kid" gets a "Middleton Bear". Anna has a collection of these, and they still humor her request, even though she is a couple inches taller than Grandma now. After we check in, we head across the street to Johnny's Italian Steak House for our dinner. (Anna mainly goes for the Italian bread and olive oil.) After dinner it is pool time. This year there was even a teenage girl to play volleyball with!