|Westhaven Guest House|
But I digress, because, this week I embarked on a good old-fashioned adventure worthy of an outdoorsy, active-gal-type-blogamajig, thing. So….take that, little one!!!
The plan, as conceived, was that I would drive to my friends' house a few hours from here, since there's no traffic, hills, and a whole lotta gravel roads that we can tool around on, with fat tires and not a care in the world. Sounded like an ideal date to me, and since I stood her up all summer on our Madison training rides and Ironman itself, I figured it was the least I could do. Besides, what with Ironman behind me and the kids back in school, I sort of have a little window in my schedule that I haven't seen in a while. My plan was to drive out of town on Wednesday night so I could crash at the (yes) guest house, and wake up rarin' to go. What a life, huh?
|Trader Joe's? The modern equivalent of TV dinners.|
|Loaded, ready to go.|
|A lot easier than traveling with four.|
|Ahh…the open road, beautiful sprawl. It's what we're about.|
|Lookie here! Sunset! Making progress, fewer cars on the Rod Blagevocich tollway!|
So arrival time, amidst stars, crickets, and total darkness. I'm feeling decompressed already. The guesthouse (popular with couch surfers) is a gem. We're all hugs, talk about tomorrow, last week's Ironman, and a little bedtime tea. Looking forward to sleep with No Cats, I won't lie.
|Almost every piece is a found object, craft fully put in place.|
And it's a sunrise!!!! Who says that rural IL isn't beautiful!? All in the eye of the beholder, and I must say that my companions have found and built their own piece of jaw-dropping beauty. Not without the difficult labor of many many years in this spot.
After a little coffee and granola, we hiked the grounds. Friends have quite a spread with motocross bike trails, hiking, quarry, wildlife, and old farm buildings, lovingly kept standing. I'm in awe of the delightful whimsy coupled with essential carpentry and construction skills. We're not in Oak Park anymore!
|Uphill, old chicken coop, trails, woods, quarry. Wow.|
|Guesthouse Kitchen window|