We were originally scheduled to spend a week in Michigan, traveling north through Mackinaw Island, then over into northern Wisconsin. However, my 9 year old grandson, Garrett was exposed to Covid on the bus and is too young to stay home alone. My daughter, Amanda, a single mom, just started a new teaching position and cannot call in for the duration of Garrett’s quarantine period.
We left Niagara a day earlier than planned and traveled straight west my daughter’s home in Yorkville, IL. We were glad that we were close enough to Illinois that we could easily lend a helping hand. Our hope is that we can travel to the Wisconsin North Woods at the end of the week to visit with our long time friends. We used to live in Minocqua and still cherish the friendships we made!
Anyway, here’s a few pictures of Garrett – we’re praying his immune system is strong enough to keep him healthy!! He has his own YouTube channel so go check him out!
Gramps and Garrett did quite a few projects together during our visit. They not only washed the car and bikes, they also washed the motorhome!! They mowed the grass and Garrett did some bush trimming as well. Together, they assembled and decorated a wooden jeep which turned out really well.
Grammy got to work with Garrett on homework everyday. I think I actually learned more than Garrett…..school is certainly different than it was when I was a kid. After homework, we painted rocks. Their neighbor, Linda, brought supplies for Garrett to paint rocks while in quarantine. She hides them throughout the neighborhood for others to find and will put one on occasion in someone’s mailbox as a nice surprise. The last picture is her rock garden. Painting rocks was a lot of fun and also therapeutic! Check out our results!
Kailey, our 15 year old grand daughter is on the Junior Varsity volleyball team for the Yorkville Foxes. I got to see one of her games – so fun to watch her and her team. This game went into all three matches with the last game being a nail biter. The foxes prevailed and went home victorious! Nice job, number 10!
And every day here ended with a little competition…..a friendly game of bean bag toss. All I’m going to say is “girls rule”!
We are thankful that all of Garrett’s Covid tests came back “negative”, so change of plans once again. Saturday, (my birthday!), we set off early for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Ontonagon where we will camp for two nights before heading back south to Minocqua, Wisconsin.
HAPPY (and healthy!) TRAILS, everyone!