2018 Trips



Home Gun Lake Feb. Love Never Dies Holocaust Museum Cabaret FireKeepers March Laughlin Savannah Sipping Society Spirit of Peoria Once South Pacific Cubs 2018 June Laughlin July Cubs 2018 July Gator Grove Pierogi Fest 2018 Train Lady 2018 Cubs vs Reds Wineries 2018 Laughlin Legally Blonde IKEA 2018 NunSense A-Men Hello Dolly Eataly 2018 Eli's 2018 Beauty & the Beast Wizard of Oz


Photo Album 2018

Gun LakeBelieve it or not, I did not take any food photos this time! 

"Love Never Dies":  There are not enough words to describe how magnificent the costumes and scenery were.

Holocaust Museum:  I should have taken a picture of the rows of shoes in the hallway outside the door.

"Cabaret":  They always have a backdrop from the current performance and highly encourage that photos be taken in front of the backdrop.

FireKeepers:  I heard of 3 nice little hits for the day - $300, $700, and $1,000.

Laughlin April:  What a joy it was to get out of the long-lasting winter we are having.  The temperatures were in the high 80's and low 90's in Nevada and Arizona.  It felt pretty good to me!

Savannah Sipping Society:  The performance was excellent, filled with tons of laughs and a bit of a story lesson.

Peoria Riverboat Cruise:  Julie gave us each graham crackers and instructed us to put the end in our mouth and the reindeer would take them from us.  She said they only like Nabisco Honey Grahams.

"Once":  There is always a backdrop at every performance, making for a great photo opportunity.

"South Pacific":  Drury Lane Theatre was more crowded for this production than I have ever seen it in all the times we have attended performances there

Cubs vs Pirates:  Standing outside the park, by the uproar of the crowd, I could tell the Cubs had won.  Final score was 3 - 1.

Laughlin - July:  We experienced a variety of weather - sand storm, rain, and extreme heat.  It makes for an interesting vacation.

Cubs vs Diamondbacks:  Sunny, mild temperatures, seats in the shade, and a stunning 9th inning comeback win for the Cubbies!

"Gator Grove":  Perfect characters for the parts and some great lines.  It was belly-laugh, tears-roll-down-your-cheeks funny.

Pierogi Fest:  It's just fun to go there and see all of the funny people in costume.  Of course, the food ranks right up there, too!

Train Lady:  H. L. then gave his presentation, explanation on the creation of the estate, the history of his parents' adventure, and some funny quips on how the estate came to be. 

Cubs vs Reds:  We traveled north on Michigan Street via South Bend's "smart streets" to our North pickup and entered the roundabout north of Memorial Hospital when a tractor pulling a long flatbed came rushing at about 30 MPH passing us on the right.

Michigan Wineries:  Good to the last drop!

Laughlin 2018 September:  Our next stop was the Desert Diamond Distillery, where they only made rum and one vodka. Whew, that stuff was warm going down!

"Legally Blonde":  Since this show featured a Chihuahua, there was a rescue group with a dog in the lobby which was up for adoption.

IKEA:  It's worth the trip just to have their Swedish meatballs with Lingonberry sauce in the IKEA cafe.

NunSense A-Men:  Prior to lunch being served, the actors mingled through the crowd.

"Hello Dolly":  A stand-in played the role of Dolly and one of our passengers overheard two ushers talking, saying the stand-in was better than Betty Buckley.

Eataly:  All of our passengers were quite surprised and very pleased with the unusual experience.

Eli's Cheesecake:  And last but not least was Kurowski's Sausage Shop - a true authentic Polish market where very few of the clerks speak English and pointing at what you want is the best way to communicate. 

"Beauty & the Beast":  There was a gorgeous storybook tree made of roses, very appropriate to the theme of the play.

"Wizard of Oz":  The Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois totally blew us away with the fabulous production of "Wizard of Oz"!  I have to say it was probably the best production of a stage play I have ever seen with its fantastic scenery and special effects, and that includes shows I've seen in New York and Chicago.  They outdid themselves on this one!