Dogs barking…

The cutest couple ever…

This is the last full day of our weekend, a Sunday being spent in Galena in western Illinois. It has been quite the enjoyable time as we got away and four of the family’s seven dogs are together and out of town. As it happens, Stewart has never traveled with us and we even had to practice getting into the car as Stewart seems to, despite being a talented jumper of a Border collie, be hampered visually when it comes to getting in the Outback. He has less of an issue in the Impreza WRX but for reasons of packing logistics, the Outback was our car of choice.

We just spent the last couple of hours having lunch and then taking a walk in the hills of western Illinois with goats, yes, goats (https://www.hoofit-galena.com)! It was a fun time taking a mile walk in September and enjoying the good weather and the herd. We were told to keep walking as the goats would go along with us. While doing so, I learned that just eating grass is not the best for them as the ground harbors germs and bacteria not found on the thorny bushes and plants that goats normally love to munch on. It was funny walking with them and being nudged aside and watching them head butt each other every once in a while.

On Saturday, we had a major hike in the Apple River Canyon State park which happens to be a few miles from the house we rented for the weekend. It was wonderful and surprisingly colder than I would have expected, having just been preceded by much hot and warm weather. Today, the sun came completely out just after noon and it is delightful. Tomorrow, Monday, we shall head home.

My most memorable moment of the weekend was when attending a Festival at a local winery. It was out of doors and featured wine tasting and live music. As we perused the several booths featuring local jewelry, photos, and objects for sale, we sauntered over with our glasses of wine and sat down in front of the live band. A couple, not so much older than I am were alone on the grass, dancing in front of the band. They reminded me that every moment is special and one in which we all need to seek out some joy and fun. It made my day and weekend.

This is the last full day of our weekend, a Sunday being spent in Galena in western Illinois. It has been quite the enjoyable time as we got away and four of the family’s seven dogs are together and out of town. As it happens, Stewart has never traveled with us and we even had to practice getting into the car as Stewart seems to, despite being a talented jumper of a Border collie, be hampered visually when it comes to getting in the Outback. He has less of an issue in the Impreza WRX but for reasons of packing logistics, the Outback was our car of choice.

We just spent the last couple of hours having lunch and then taking a walk in the hills of western Illinois with goats, yes, goats (https://www.hoofit-galena.com)! It was a fun time taking a mile walk in September and enjoying the good weather and the herd. We were told to keep walking as the goats would go along with us. While doing so, I learned that just eating grass is not the best for them as the ground harbors germs and bacteria not found on the thorny bushes and plants that goats normally love to munch on. It was funny walking with them and being nudged aside and watching them head butt each other every once in a while.

On Saturday, we had a major hike in the Apple River Canyon State park which happens to be a few miles from the house we rented for the weekend. It was wonderful and surprisingly colder than I would have expected, having just been preceded by much hot and warm weather. Today, the sun came completely out just after noon and it is delightful. Tomorrow, Monday, we shall head home.

My most memorable moment of the weekend was when attending a Festival at a local winery. It was out of doors and featured wine tasting and live music. As we perused the several booths featuring local jewelry, photos, and objects for sale, we sauntered over with our glasses of wine and sat down in front of the live band. A couple, not so much older than I am were alone on the grass, dancing in front of the band. They reminded me that every moment is special and one in which we all need to seek out some joy and fun. It made my day and weekend.

About Richard Koerner

Seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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