Sunday, July 22nd
By 5:15 a.m., Toots was on the road headed home. We spent the morning cleaning and packing up. My breakfast was coffee and peanut butter cup fudge. Mmmm. By early afternoon, Teresa and I were back in Chicago and Karen was headed home. We ended up spending the night in Woodridge with her older daughter, Meghan.
We strolled the river walk in downtown Naperville along the Fox River. Downtown was bustling and picturesque, with lots of people out enjoying a fine Sunday afternoon. We came across the Millennium Carillon, then made it a point to wait 'til after 7 to leave the downtown area but apparently you have to be closer than we were to hear the music. After our walk, we had a drink at Bar Louie. Eventually we headed to the Blu Coral, a newly opened and very chicly decorated sushi restaurant. We sat out on the patio and were pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices on the menu. Our sushi selections (OK, T and M ordered everything) included yellowtail, spicy tuna, rainbow sushi, California roll and a gorgeous seaweed salad. Everything was incredibly good; in fact, it was my best meal of the trip! T had a Sapporo and I had a glass of wine and our bill was $52. Amazing.
Back at Meghan's, I popped open a bottle of Fennville's Lakeshore Red and when the bottle was gone, it was time to sleep. The next morning, T made a coffee run to Dunkin' Donuts. On our way out, we stopped for more and oh, it was free donut Monday. I'd been talking with T about the DD chocolate angel donut, my favorite. I hadn't had one in maybe 30 years. T brings the coffee and free donuts out to the car. I saved my chocolate angel for the airport. It was as good as I remember. I'll skip the return trip details but in conclusion, this was one of the best vacations I've ever been on and I've been on quite a few.
- So much laughter and silliness. Special thanks to Hank, the inspiration of our vacation poem
- The walk on Oval Beach
- Lots of good wine and conversation with great friends
- Relaxing with old friends but not taking too many trips down memory lane because we have so many other things to talk about
- Our visit to the farmer's market and all the good things we bought, especially the fudge
- The first morning's rambling walk from Douglas around the riverfront through Saugatuck and back to Douglas
- Browsing in Artes de Mexico and the nice chat I had with the owner
- Seeing the Milky Way and animals I haven't seen in a while: swans, geese, chipmunks and black squirrels
- Finally having apple pie with cheddar cheese
- The summer veggie wrap sandwich at Mermaids
- Not watching TV for six days
- The climb up to the top of Mt. Baldhead
- The sushi at Blu Coral