July 8, 2017, Lake Bluff, IL- Today was sunny and the Ozarks gleamed brightly, after last night’s paltry drizzle. I drove out of Joplin early, as there was no Internet at Tara Motel, and I wanted to get to the Chicago area by nightfall- with an urge to find a campground, somewhere in the northwest suburbs. I also didn’t know, at that point, whether any northern Illinois friends would have time to visit a bit, on such short notice.
Rolla is one of my favourite towns in Missouri, and became more so, when I found Cupcakes and Cravings. Here is a coffee house and lunch counter that is a dead ringer for SunFlour Market, which two friends run, in Superior, AZ. Since one of SunFlour’s owners is from the St. Louis area, maybe there is a connection with this lovely spot. I had coffee and a sandwich, then bought a cupcake, for later on.
It’s another fun place to browse and pick up a gift, for the lady who has everything.
I can think of a few, for whom this would be the right special occasion cake.
Once lunch was done, it was time to get back outside, so that Amanda could clean up and go home. Rolla has a large community park, just off I-44.
There is much to recommend this beautiful town, whether passing through, or settling down- but enough of the doggerel.
The rest of my drive was peaceful, even in Chicago, where the multitudes practice what my brother calls “the zipper method”- drivers take turns, when consolidating traffic lanes. This keeps a slow crawl from turning into gridlock, especially at the choke point, on the southwest segment of the Dan Ryan. One hour after entering the DR, I was looking for a campground in Lake County- but to no avail. I was just too beat, and By The Way Motel presented itself, at a reasonable rate. So it is, that I am here, and getting ready for a special event at the Baha’i House of Worship, tomorrow, without having to go further- to Waukegan, or North Chicago.
NEXT: Further reflections on a Holy Day, and camping at Indiana Dunes