Having examined the plane fares to Florida, the three Skinners certainly are not flying south.
So, the question is where we can drive?
Should we go to a water park in the Wisconsin Dells, Rockford (as some Wisconsin State Senators did) or Gurnee?
Alternately, how about a return to Galena Territory, where we stayed at the Eagle Ridge inn as the magnolias were blooming?
My wife and I have never golfed together, but if she could get a girl friend to go with her, she’d be up for a round, I’ll bet.
Others were playing tennis, but that’s not my game either.
And, if you go to The Atomic Toy Company (owned by Crystal Laker Dave Rokusek), your son and his buddy might pick up some liquid sting and he invent their own competition.
That’s not to say there isn’t a lot to keep one busy on the grounds.
There’s a path running around Galena Lake. Whether it’s walking a dog or with one’s family, it’s a way to commune with nature.
I’m pretty sure the path goes all the way around the lake. There’s such a great view of it from the Eagle Inn dining room and upper walkways.
From the docks I sighted below the high deck, it appears that visitors can rent boats when it is warmer.
Inside is a wonderful dining room. Get a table by the window at sunset.
The view is remarkable. And there’s people watching, too, because a walkway is between the dining area and the view.
If you don’t want to dine so formally, there is a deli.
There’s plenty of seating. I see five tables indoors and there more outside.
If the woman of the family manages to find the shops…
There are comfortable chairs just beyond in front of the dining room.
Of course, you could just go into the bar and watch some game on TV.
One day while my son and his friend were in the pool, I went exploring.
I walked down a long hall and admired the paintings that were for sale.
As I walked down the hall, I discovered that Eagle Ridge is not only a resort, it is a conference center.
My immediate inspiration for writing this article was an email that I just got from Eagle Ridge about a “Wine Lovers Weekend.” I’m not a fan of wine, but one whom I love is. Come to think of it, I don’t even know if March 24-27 is during Crystal Lake’s spring break. No matter, we’d bring wine and buy it at meals.
Eagle Ridge has its own label, which my wife likes. My guess is there will be wine from many vineyards.
We always visit Galena Cellars.
Almost forgot. I didn’t get any pictures, but my wife loves the spa.