Well here I am again and I must say that I am so worn out. Contentedly though. My husband, unwillingly went back over the road this morning and Katie is at a friends house after another week at camp. School starts on Friday and I know that she is looking forward to that, she loves high school.
Most of our vacation week was spent in the house. We had extremely high heat indexes all week with Tuesday being the highest at 123. So as you can imagine, not many ventured outside including us! But it was nice to just relax.
Friday was the day we knew we would get a break from the heat. The high was 87 which felt quite nice after the awful heat wave! So we took a day trip. We headed further south in Illinois. We didn't have much of a plan, just follow the roads and see where we end up.
O.K. we're on our way!
We stopped at several places on our day trip but for today I am going to show you just one. Too many photos to post in one day!
We came across this very unusual park called "Boo Park". We just had to stop to check out this really beautiful Medieval Style park.
I don't know if you can see the serpent without enlarging this or not.
There were statues of dragons and wizards everywhere. It was really amazing, even for us big kids!
This was the main play area in which my husband just had to go inside of. He is a lover of Medieval times. He said that there was a trap door inside where you could hide and walk around the inside of the walls. You could also jump out from random secret doors to scare people!
I took this photo from inside but I couldn't climb the stairs as they were too high for my knees to handle. But I did get to hear something funny from one of the little boys that was playing inside. He said "What is that lady doing in here?"! That did make me laugh.
This will give you an idea of the size of some of these amazing statues!
This big fellow was getting petted by me, he seemed to like it!
Here is a photo of just one of many beautiful park benches!
One of the giant protectors of "Boo Park"!
There was a lot of detail. You have to look closely. See the Gargoyles?
And of coarse there had to be some wizards.
I guess I should have taken a side view of this fellow!
Half of the large Iron Gates that close the park at night.
This is what caught my eye as we were driving by. So Jake turned the car around and parked so that we could poke around!
This was where Jake was reading the history of the park. It was built by a young man's family, in memory of their son's untimely death.
This was the waterfall, which unfortunately for us, wasn't turned on that day!
Notice the rabbit ears my husband is giving this wizard !
He only did it because he'd like to be a wizard himself!
Even though this day was supposed to be just for Jake and I, I couldn't help but wish that we had Sarah and Jack with us. They would have loved this park in Carbondale, Illinois.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
More later on other adventures!