Bunny here at the keyboard sharing an adventure I shared with Küster this weekend.
It was really a pretty busy Saturday for us, but we really enjoyed it. Our first stop was the Riverfront Market, of course. This time, however, there was really something for everyone. Naturally, we went and got cheese from the Walnut Cheese truck. This time Mom got Blueberry Cheddar. Don’t let the name fool you, they won’t share any of that stuff even if it is named after one of us. You’d think they were eating gold or something. However, the cheese isn’t the part that was exciting.
As we walked into the market, we saw a lovely pink booth. I had to see what was in it, naturally. So, we walked up and imagine my delight and surprise as we saw that it was for Grey Girl Farms. The lady who runs it has Greyhounds of her own and she fawned over me a lot. Küster tried to horn in and steal my thunder, but she knew that I was really the star of the show. Anyway, she was selling dog treats and we bought a bag of bacon flavored treats.
I can’t wait to go back to the market next week now that they have something for everybody there. That was a wonderful surprise that we weren’t expecting, but it made the farmer’s market about more than just being petted by everybody. Not that I don’t enjoy being adored by the crowd, mind you. It’s just nice to have other good things to look forward to, as well.
After we left the market, we weren’t done, though.
We had an errand to run. Mom will probably write more about that adventure tomorrow. However, it involved us visiting another of our favorite stores, Big R. We like Big R because they are dog friendly and encourage people to bring their well-behaved dogs in to shop with them. We drove out through the countryside to visit the one in Gibson City and did a little shopping. Of course, everybody there wanted to pet me, too.
I knew we were in a great place when they told us their high school mascot is the Greyhound. It suddenly made more sense why everyone there liked me. The whole town has great taste, if you ask me.
Finally, on the way home, Dad made a surprise stop.
We stopped in a little town called Towanda. Part of the old Route 66 goes through the town, but they don’t use the road anymore. Instead, they’ve made it into a neat place where you can walk and learn more about the glory days of Route 66. If you aren’t familiar with it, it was designated in 1926 and ran from Chicago to California. During the 1930s it carried Dust Bowl farmers to California, during World War II it was used to carry supplies across eight states and in the 1950s people discovered the joy of the road trip as the car became something most people had. There were all kinds of cool places to stop along the way in small towns and travelers did wonders for their economies. When the Interstate system started, it became a much faster way to travel across the country, but I doubt that it’s as much fun as stopping to see all those roadside oddities was.
In Towanda, there’s a stretch of the old road that’s preserved that’s almost a mile long. As you walk down the road, you see signs from each state that the road ran through. It was fun to see little tidbits of history as we walked along. Somebody has been taking a lot of time to make it into a nice place for people to visit, which is nice since people come from all over to try to reconnect with the history and nostalgia that goes along with Route 66. Hopefully, we’ll be able to show you some other parts of the old road as part of a future adventure.
All of our adventures seemed to take us a step back from the modern world this weekend, and it was a nice change.
No, we didn’t get out and get close to nature, but we did get out to connect with other people and the history of our area. Sometimes we don’t realize how cool our own backyard can be. I’m not saying that I don’t like my modern conveniences, like air conditioning, but seeing things from the past is a lot of fun. There’s definitely something to be said to taking to the open road with your human. Sometimes you need a step back in time to realize how good you’ve got it in the present day.