Saturday morning we packed up our bags and headed home. Thinking we were being smart, we decided to stop at the last travel plaza on the Tollway to get gas and take a break. As I wrote before, we somehow got on I-90 heading straight into Chicago when we left that plaza. We were upset and stressed at first, so I texted Bethany for the easiest and fastest route through the third largest city in the country! It was really pretty easy since Saturday traffic was so light. Once we had an affirmation from daughter dear to stay on I-90 until we got to Rockford, the rest went fine. We did enjoy a different view on the way home. It is very hilly and beautiful in NW Illinois ~especially the Galena area.
prairie land with wind turbines that go on forever. What a change after two weeks in rugged mountains, hills, valleys, and forested areas. Joel often says he misses the rolling landscape where he grew up in Minnesota. The difference was quite evident to me when we came back home to northern Iowa's corn country. Not all of Iowa is flat, especially on the east or west borders, but where we are is definitely one of those areas where the roads are as straight as the rows of corn stalks in summer!
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset
welcoming us home