This whole area north west of Chicago, called the northern suburbs, is filled with many lakes. They surround the Fox River and start up by the border with Wisconsin and wind down in a south westerly direction. A lot of the lake resorts are for summer housing and recreation, like our RV resort, which is mostly park models and cabins.
We visited one evening with Cheryl's two cousins on her Mother's side that haven't seen on another since the mid 60's. Pam & Patty Jo's parents used to come to California every summer in their travel trailer. We shared stories and photos after dinner, but didn't stay too late since they are still working.
Our park goes wild for Halloween and almost everyone decorated for their festivities. The park will close down at the end of September, so they celebrate Halloween in September. We walked the park enjoying the decorations, and walked along the shoreline of the lake.
The last evening Cheryl connected with another "distant" cousin from her Sicilian side of the family that she met on Ancestry.com. Joe & Cheryl met in a MacDonalds and shared family tree information.
While in the Chicago area the Coke cans and posters boasted their Blackhawks team, but we are still carrying Coke from the Pittsburg area with the Steelers insignia. We wanted to bring them home to Garden Grove and our friends that are Steelers fans.