Friday, October 22, 2010

The visitor's center out in the middle of nowhere... but somewhere east of Galena. We met a woman there who was born and raised in the Middle East, but who had moved back to the States to live out her life in rural Illinois. What an interesting find she was!



Beautiful displays were set up under a warm sun, with racks of homemade popcorn for sale. There were so many kinds! But we settled on a bag of light green apple-caramel popcorn and ate it all up for lunch.



Pumpkins and signs for haunted houses lined the road as we drove. To be honest, we were enticed, though too scared to stop at one; the very thought of a haunted barn appealed to our travel-fever and fascination with small-town Americana.

7 comments:

Pam said...

Hi Allison,
We too enjoy the back roads that wander through the picturesque small towns. Takes me back to my small town roots in the north.
Popcorn for lunch will be a favorite memory for you both, Allison.

Thanks for the delightful fall journey :)

Out on the prairie said...

I ran a haunted barn for the MS Society. We kept it somewhat mild, but it was hard to go to work the next day without a voice and have to say you were the Swamp Monster again.Funny how we become another person with a mask or lots of makeup.All my friends looked forward to working in it each year.

Southern Lady said...

Allison, I love your pictures! It makes me want to jump into my car and drive to see what I can see! I am so glad that you are enjoying your trip! Carla

Diane AZ said...

Lovely pumpkins and the haunted barn and mill do sound intriguing!

teca said...

I missed coming here... I've been so busy.

You, as sweet as ever...

Kisses and a great weekend.

Judy said...

I'm trying to think where this visitors center might be and I don't think I've ever seen it before.

Anonymous said...

Allison, I love your photos and description of your "journey" while here. You are missed here in Naperville. Love, your Mom