Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
We went to Sunday school and church at the Methodist Church in Chester. They were so nice to us and not only gave us permission to stay in their parking lot and hook up to their water, but even gave us the key to the kitchen! Unfortunately, we couldn't get our rig in the parking lot. We tried, but when our fiver and truck started sliding toward the building we decided it was time to move on.
Galen and Popeye at the new Visitor Center
Popeye and his friends are everywhere in Chester thanks mainly to the couple who after years of living somewhere else and saving Popeye memorabilia opened a store in Chester. People told them they'd never make it but they have and have done wonders for this town. There are statues all over town and more on the way. There is a Popeye picnic in the fall and thousands of folks come from miles away. Even people from other countries love Popeye and he is everywhere in Chester, even on the mayor's business cards. How much nicer to think of Popeye when you think of Chester instead of thinking of John Wayne Gacy who was imprisoned at Menard Prison in Chester for years before being put to death by legal injection. Gacy, the Killer Clown, murdered about 30 young boys.
We took KD on her first geocaching expedition. There wasn't a geocache here, but I photographed this Catholic Church on the way to or from a cache because it was so unique.
One of the caches was near this little chapel in a cemetery. A man came by, said we looked like visitors and opened it for us. It was beautiful inside. They have to keep it locked because of vandals.
It cost $27,000 to repair this one window after a vandal tried to destroy it.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Jen, Ken, and Simon inside the cave. The light on the floor comes from a split in the rock.
We decided to surprise Jen and Ken and drive to Cave In Rock State Park to meet them and kidnapped KD and took her with us. We waited at the ferry for them and then decided to cross the river into Kentucky. It didn't take long to find them pedaling toward the ferry.
We stopped at at Amish store called Yoders. These four bikers from Ontario saw Jen and Ken's trikes and stopped for a visit.
KD at Yoders. She was happy to see Jen again for the first time in years and to meet Ken and Simon.
Jen and Ken and Simon waiting in Kentucky for the ferry across the Ohio River.
Coming off the ferry into Illinois.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This is the wonderful church we attended this morning. Everything about the service was uplifting, the music was energetic instead of dragging, the people were warm and welcoming. I've been reading a book about how believing in a benevolent and loving God physically changes your brain for the better and how believing in a vindictive God hurts you. The minister gave a sermon about a guy who could have gotten off on a technicality but stood up and said he did it and was prepared to take his punishment. The judge put him on probation for 10 years and as the law breaker walked out of the courtroom everyone began singing, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..."