September 18, 2011 - Sunday | 2:44 PM, CST
Kelly and I had an excellent adventure last night. I went to bed early in the afternoon, while Kelly went to her parents' house to copy old home videos. I slept the duration, and didn't wake up until ten o'clock at night. We visited with each other for awhile, then decided a little after midnight to go cruising and maybe stop at Caseys for some late night pizza.
We took the backroads to Kentland, only to find them closed for repairs. On a whim, we headed north towards Beaver Cemetery. I wanted to visit the St. Anne Bridge, which I haven't been to in years (before I was married, in fact). I got somewhat disoriented on our way there, and found an extremely interesting dirt road (that I believe was public) just east of our intended destination. We traveled down the dirt road for roughly a mile, before it branched off east, and also went north over the same drainage ditch which was our original goal. Gracie and I got out and explored a bit, and I was curious to do some more investigating but it was nearly two thirty by then.
We backtracked, and I wrote down the address for future reference (3100 N. 3000 E.). We found the bridge, and I got out for some exploration. One thing I like about this bridge so much is its remote location. It has a very lonely feeling about the place, and in the moonlight it almost looks otherworldly. This was especially true last night, because the moon was fairly bright and the landscape was illuminated very well. The drainage ditch is also fairly wide and straight, so the moon's reflection was visible in the water. Kinda spooky, really.
From there we drove into Kankakee for some late night Steak 'n Shake. Nothing better than a pepperjack melt with a good helping of diced jalapeños. Mmmmm!
It's nice to go out cruising at night on unfamiliar country roads, especially if it ends up in some late night meal at a twenty-four hour joint. It reminds me of my high school days exploring the roads with Gary, when my only obligations were a part time job and school. I don't do that enough, anymore. But it should serve as an example to the rest of you that some late night fun won't kill ya! (knock on wood)
I found the following picture last week on Laura Ingraham's website:
Look on the bright side, at least he is observing Rule #3! If the jihadis are known for anything, it's their atrocious gun-handling. Maybe this is the beginning of a new direction? Jeff Cooper would be proud!
Name: The Mom
Date: Sunday, Sep 18th 2011, 9:29 PM
Too bad it was too dark to take pictures of the bridge with the moon shining on the water. Sounds like it was pretty cool!
Date: Monday, Sep 19th 2011, 4:23 AM
Yeah, but my camera doesn't really take good night pictures unless they're up close and with the flash.
What can ya do?