June 3, 2018, Lowell, IN-
I set out, in earnest, for the Baha’i House of Worship, Wilmette at 9 a.m., fully intending to meet a mentor- friend who lives north of there, in a timely manner. The problem was, I left at 9 a.m. from Carthage, on the west side of Illinois. I stayed within the good graces of the law, clear to a point about 20 miles south of Rockford, getting there about 1 p.m.
Inching eastward, using a variety of state highways, I got to Wilmette way too late to visit with said mentor-friend. So, takeaway # 1: Never stay more than 2 hours from Chicagoland, if the goal is to meet someone in Chicagoland, the next day-even from Saturday to Sunday. In fairness, the same holds true for New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even Philadelphia, where I will stay in the center of the city, in two weeks’ time.
Other things got done, spiritually. It is my eleventh visit here, and this is the first-and last-time that I have tried to make a same day visit to the Temple, from outside the 50-mile radius. I also had a lovely full meal at Ridgeview Grill, a wonderful place on the west side of Wilmette, served by engaging and attentive Lisa D. I think that will be my dining place of choice, in future visits to the House of Worship.
Needless to say, there are no photos from this Day of Being Blocked. I made it to a campsite here, in Lowell, IN, around 9 p.m. Amen!