Our first destination in Illinois was to see a Quincy Gems baseball game. Before I get to the baseball let me just say to any Bay Staters reading that there is no "z" in Quincy, Illinois. The Gems play in the Prospect League, a summer league for college players. The quality of play wasn't all that great but the fans were having a good time.
I was really tired by this time of the very hot day and that tiredness shows through in these photos (or lack of photos). The baseball stadium was one of FDR's Works Progress Administration projects as a baseball and football complex and is built out of a serious amount of local limestone.
The best part of the game was the post-game fireworks. Even though it was the July 4th weekend I didn't have high hopes for a quality show. Boy, was I wrong! Donna and I left to get dinner in the middle of the game. The game was still going on when we returned so we picked a location on the other side of the football stadium that we thought would have a good view of the fireworks. That worked out perfectly. We sat on someone's lawn and watched one explosion after another for quite a while.
No theme but plenty of fun on this year's display of plastic animals. The octopus was in a holiday mood. I experimented with a wavy "cracked ice" streamer this time. It was well-received but a pain in the butt to put up. The highlight for me was a real stink bug trying to mate with a giant plastic stink bug. Next year I definitely need to return to a thematic presentation.
The two pies at top were my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner. On the left is an apple-cranberry pie and that's pumpkin on the right. I put way too many apples in the apple-cranberry pie. The crust was done but the innards were still plenty crunchy. The pumpkin pie, I will humbly submit, turned out perfectly.
The pie at bottom was not dessert but dinner on the drive home last night. Don't worry, I did not eat while driving! I stopped at Modern Apizza, one of the great pizza places in New Haven, for a sausage pie. It did not disappoint.
Have you ever flown over the country on the evening of the 4th of July? Everyone should do so at least once. Flying home last night it looked like every town had at least one official fireworks display and several unofficial shows. The sight is subtle from 37,000 feet but impressive nonetheless.
These terrible photos are from the fireworks display after the Quincy (Il) Gems baseball game on Saturday night. I wasn't sure what to expect but they put on a great show.
The Overlook Pavillion, across Riverside Drive from the memorial, was re-opened just a couple of weeks ago. It was opened as a comfort station for visitors a century ago but had long been in a decrepit state. Long ago I took a peek inside the door marked as the men's room. Judging from the smell, even though the building was closed it was still being used as a men's bathroom. The first floor now houses a modest visitor's center and gift shop.
Sorry for the angle on that second photo; that was the only way I could fit most of it in.
Inside the memorial Ulysses and Julia were in their usual spot.