This past weekend Luke & I took a road trip to Illinois for a friend's wedding. Here are some of the highlights:
(I know this post has a ton of photos, sorry if it takes a while to load)
Friday evening we hit the road, and I got to drive half of the way!
We stopped at a diner along the highway for a late dinner.
Me, dancing with The Blue Brothers.
We arrived at Jaci & Phil's in Peoria, IL late Friday night, and soon retired to bed.
Saturday morning our friends Jaci & Phil took us to a Farmer's Market in Peoria, where we couldn't resist buying rainbow pasta and yellow watermelon among other things. We met some of their friends and they took us to a delicious restaurant called One World Cafe.
After lunch we embarked on a mystical journey to find The Hole In The Ground Behind The Indian Temple. Jaci, Phil, & Kent had all heard legends of this hole, but had never been there themselves. So we found the Temple and began our adventure.
Along our hike we encountered a lot of interesting looking spiders.
There was also a lot of neat nature all around us.
After over an hour of hiking, the hole was found!
The Hole in The Ground was spectacular - complete with massive rocks, trickling waterfalls, and beautiful plant life.
After our hike, we all took long naps. The rest of the day/night was spent eating yellow watermelon, reading, enjoying sir fry made by Jaci, and watching Hamlet 2 with new friends.
Sunday morning Luke & I went over to our new friend Kent's house, where he made us waffles.
We had ginger waffles with berry-apricot sauce, and coffee of course! It was delicious.
After waffles we headed to church/ Jaci & Phil's wedding. It was lovely, and Luke & I both got quite choked up.
After the wedding we celebrated at their dessert potluck, where we ate far too much sugar and took a ton of photos in the free photo booth they had.
[Jaci, Phil, Luke, & me.]
After the wedding festivities we bid farewell to our new & old friends, and drove to Chicago.
For dinner we HAD to get Chicago-style deep dish pizza, since we were in Chicago.
Sunday night Luke & I got dressed up and went out to Andy's Jazz Club. It was a good night full of jazz music, cocktails, coffee, and wonderful people.
Monday was a pretty slow day. We walked around downtown Chicago and found ourselves at Millennium Park, where we took a nap in the grass next to Crown Fountain.
After more walking around and grabbing veggie burgers at a local pub, we hopped in the car and headed back to Michigan. It was a marvelous weekend!
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