Henry & I kicked off our epic road trip by flying to Chicago, then meeting my folks in Rockford. (The Clock Tower Inn is long gone, but the O’Hare shuttle lives forever. 😌) Hen of course made a beeline to set up Uncle Ted’s old Farm Country, Lionel train, and Matchbox collections, and the two of us enjoyed browsing antique stores and knocking back some Canova’s Classic pizza as well as Grandma Nack’s famous pork chops & rice.
A special highlight was getting to see Uncle Ted & his kids. I accompanied him on the tail end of his morning milk run, getting to help wash down the truck before swinging by Weber’s Meats and scoring some cheese curds. Afterwards he picked up Jenna, Austin, and Morgan so that they join us for some epic train times plus hide-and-seek with Henry. “The cousins are so great,” he says. “They’re a disappearing breed of kid that’s not all about video games!”
Check out our gallery from the days’ adventures.