|Wide-screen TV shot of a hungry Ruff Ruffman being naughty ©2011 PBS|
So I decided that if I'm going to hang out with genealogists at the DuPage County Genealogical Society's annual conference and hawk my photo restoration services and products, why not make a family vacation of it?
I truly believe that if I'm doing something in which my family cannot participate, I probably shouldn't be doing it.
As my children are probably not going to stop getting older—and may eventually find traveling with me uncool—I made sure we paid a visit to the tollway oasis. Having never been in a building over the highway, I knew this would be a special treat. The gumball machines were very tempting.
|Fossil fuel fanfare from the I-294 Oasis|
No sooner than we could indulge our indispensable cash stash on giant pretzels, gumball machine treats or souvenirs, we were deterred by an ominous billboard:
|Not sure anyone wants to go to a forum to be judged on May 21!|
While dad is working the vending area, mom and the children have a pool, 2 backpacks of toys, magazines and all kinds of places to visit around town. Although I won't be able to enjoy all of it with them, it's good to know they will have fond memories of our business trips.
|Salt-covered compass marker at the 294 Oasis|
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