We left Hannibal on Wednesday and made our way across the Mississippi River,
Illinois is not a new state for us, but we are exploring a new area of the state.
Our friends, Todd & Sue, and their kids, Josh & Kylie, moved to Peoria several years ago, so we decided to stop by for a visit on our way through.
Todd told us about the Jellystone Park not too far from their house, and we got ourselves settled into a nice quiet site in the back of the park.
It was a nice park with lots of activities on the weekends, and plenty of places for kids to keep busy. The pool looked nice, but we never did get in it . . . Nick & Bryce played mini-golf, and had lots of fun on the Kangaroo Bouncer!
They were having such a good time, Tom decided that he should join them!
The only trouble was . . . he couldn’t quite keep up with them, and spent most of the time flat on his stomach!!
The boys had a blast bouncing around him and making him sick!!
He’d had enough and made a hasty retreat . . . while they got even more adventurous!
They even managed to talk me into giving it a try, although I wouldn’t let them on there with me . . . Tom was bad enough – trying to make me lose my balance and fall!
That was worth the cost of staying at a Jellystone Park! I couldn’t talk them into going on the wagon ride with Yogi, though!!
They would have done it when they were little!
When we weren’t at the campground, Todd showed us around the area. We had Uncle Bob’s ice cream in Eureka,
where Ronald Reagan went to college . . . I had no idea!
We visited downtown Peoria,
and went to the top of the “Tower” in Peoria Heights.
From the observation decks, you could see near and far . . .
The kids had fun, goofing around . . .
. . . and the old guys did, too!
We also had a great time at the Caterpillar Visitor Center, but that will be a blog post all of its own!!