Well worth it

Yesterday Bill, Decky and I drove up to Dubuque IA for a delayed birthday weekend celebration. The alpine slides were closed, so Bill and I put a lot of effort into finding a lot of fun family activities.

After we arrived, we went straight to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. There were so many wonderful educational exhibits and lots of things for kids to do and see. I recommend a visit there to everyone.

Then we went out to a dinner of pizza and beer. Bill headed out to the dog track, so Decky and I hit the pool and hot tub and watched a movie in the room before bed.

Today, we bowled two games before we went on a two-hour Mississippi River cruise, complete with hot lunch. It was fun and informative. We even saw a few eagles and went up to the bridge to talk with the pilot.

After that, we played nine holes on a par-3 course in East Dubuque. We had so much fun! We walked the course, which was beautiful and hilly. Bill went easy on us beginners, and we each had a couple of good shots. It was something we want to repeat – soon and often.

We went back to the room for a short time to rest up. Bill took a shuttle to the dog track, so Decky and I headed over to Galena IL. We walked the main street for a little bit, looking at the shops. Decky found a couple of yoyos at an old-fashioned toy store, then we had dinner at a great Italian place called Vinny Vanucci’s. To get there, you have to climb fifty steps (we counted). Decky had the chicken parmagiana and I had the best wild mushroom soup I’ve ever had, along with pumpkin ravioli in sage butter. We bought some assorted candies in the old-fashioned candy store, then headed over to the levee on the Galena River. There were two balloons being inflated for a Halloween Balloon Glow, but only one filled successfully. It was a lot of fun to watch, and a lot of fun to walk around this beautiful town in the dark. It was even prettier than it was in the daylight. And we saw the stars come out.

After all that walking, Decky and I were pretty pooped. We headed back to the room, where we sampled some of the candy we bought, watched a little TV, did a little reading, and he went to bed. I get to stay up a little bit to write and read some more, but I don’t think I’ll be up much longer.

It was a full, wonderful day. Although every single thing we did was great, the best part came when we were getting ready for bed. As we reviewed our super day, Decky said to me, “You know, if I don’t get some family time every day, it kinda feels like there’s a hole in my heart.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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