Yesterday was the day we literally go out of our way to avoid the Black Friday madness, escaping town for a few hours. This is not because I’m anti-shopping, just that we want to enjoy small-town life in late fall. If there’s shopping, that’s a bonus, but driving and looking and talking is enough.
We made a change of destination at the last minute — I can’t remember why, exactly, but we’ve had the west central area of Illinois on the list to explore for years, so we headed over and down that way. It was a beautiful day, sunny and very cold.
Our first stop was near Knoxville for Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm. The picture below is from their web site (we weren’t there at dawn or dusk, whichever this is!). It was a huge barn and absolutely freezing inside, which made the homemade goulash the perfect lunch/handwarmer combo.
The rest of the day was full of wandering. I did wonder why we hadn’t thought to throw some overnight things in a bag, as we could have kept going. When we stopped for gas I took this picture because the sky was so stunningly blue.
So that was the day, just the perfect way to wind down after Thanksgiving!