Annual Black Friday Day Trip

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.

ElevatorsAnd then suddenly it was getting late and we seemed so far away.  As the sun set I wanted to be by the fire watching a Christmas movie, so we stopped for Friday fish and made our way home.

So that was the day, just the perfect way to wind down after Thanksgiving!

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3 Responses to Annual Black Friday Day Trip

  1. Sally says:

    What a lovely tradition! And a beautiful blue sky. Thanks for sharing. I only ventured out of the house on Friday to go to Jewel and the co-op for a couple of groceries. Definitely wanted to avoid the crowds too!

  2. Sally says:

    Oh, and on Saturday, we did go to Menards and bumped into the person that purchased your old home. He was a grad assistant to my husband last summer. Lovely man. Your home is in good hands – as is your garden – he’ll tend the flowers and grow vegetables.

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