One of the joys of traveling in this style is that we have the freedom to seize an opportunity. When the Buffalo radio station told us that there were still tickets for the upcoming Rolling Stones concert, we seized some! We camped in the RV lot, a rose among the thorns! It was a terrific, high-energy show with lights, sounds, fireworks and four old guys up on stage. We had a great time and possibly watched one of the final shows of the greatest rock and roll band, ever!
The next morning we dashed through Niagara Falls for a look at the beauty. The entire area has transitioned to a tourist trap, teeming with camera toting family units and stands, stores, shops and gimmicks designed to separate the visitor from their savings account. We snapped the requisite photos and moved on down the highway.
Our nights in Ohio would be spent at Geneva State Park, of course. This was the nearest park to downtown Cleveland where we would check off a bucket-list item. When Mike and I began discussing this USA loop, one of the “must sees” for me was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was the perfect follow up to the Rolling Stones show, with a generous serving of old and new rock music, photos, costumes and artifacts. I felt gratitude for the opportunity to see it. However, in the bigger world of music we agreed that the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale Arizona is grander and more informative in a broad sense. Both stops should be on the list of any music aficionado.
Cruising through the cornfields of Ohio to Indiana towards Greensburg was filled with anticipation. Spending a couple of days with and old teacher friend and her beautiful daughters was to be a highlight of the summer. It was delightful to meet her family and see her iconic Midwest hometown. The magic of a small county fair in the cornfields was awesome.
Continuing across the Midwest into Illinois took us to Kankakee for a tour of the Bradley House. This well restored Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece was informative and beautiful. Learn more about this great designer here https://www.artsy.net/artist/frank-lloyd-wright And Geneva may have found a family history link to this particular home through the family name “Wilbur” noted in one of the information signs.
The heat wave rose to a crescendo of stickiness as we drove to Geneva, Illinois to visit friends. We couldn’t resist the invitation to sleep under the comfort of air conditioning in the basement. We learned a new card game (did you know that we LOVE playing games??) and spent quality time with a fine family.
The drive continues, across the Midwest. Dodging the heat, staring out the windows at the cornfields and dairy farms. Stopping for geocaches and photo opportunities.