Ottawa Illinois

31 Jul

Oh, it was heaven!  This morning the sun rose, and we DIDN’T!  Nope, we slept in. 

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Why, you ask?!? Well, first, we had nowhere that we had to go, second, this is a beautiful place, third, there’s so much to see, and fourth (and most important) we had a bucket full of grocery shopping and 5 loads of laundry to do. (heavy sigh)

But it was easy! — because of this lovely marina.  Not only are the facilities clean and new, but they have a ‘loner car’. 

For all you non-Loopers out there, you need to know that there are actually marinas scattered throughout the Loop that keep one or two clunker-type cars available for transient boaters (like Loopers!). True, the cars are often a bit grubby looking… and may make odd sounds as they go up or down hills… and you should expect that the dashboard will have all kinds of warning/caution lights illuminated  (who REALLY needs ABS brakes anyway?!?).  But the car will get you from point A to B, so, when the marina hands you the keys, off you go!

…and off we went! – to downtown Ottawa.  Those Ottawa-ians (is that what they call themselves?) love painting murals on the sides of their buildings…

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Did you know that the famous Lincoln/Douglas debates happened in Ottawa in 1858? Take a look…

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…I love the little side story…

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(I see London, I see France, I see Lincoln’s underpants!)

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Anyway, we checked out Ottawa and even got around to doing the laundry and the shopping.  A very successful day in my book!

2 Responses to “Ottawa Illinois”

  1. jdepodwin July 31, 2016 at 22:59 #

    The detail in the murals is exquisite, and I do remember that crazy rhyme. I think we might have jump roped to that rhyme.

    • MrsB July 31, 2016 at 23:03 #

      I think you’re right!

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