Over 1,000 recruits graduate from the Naval training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois, every week.
Anyone interested in seeing a graduation ceremony can do so by called the base or visiting their website.
The security at the base is at an all-time high since November 11, so be prepared for a great amount of scrunity. But, it will be worth the trouble.
Both I-94 and U.S. 41 take you north to cross 137(Buckley Road). Turn east (right) onto Buckley Road and go a couple of miles to the Station.
As a very small child, my mother, sister, and I attended such a ceremony when my father was trained at Great Lakes. Even though I was very small, I can still remember it and how I hung on to my father's pant's leg because I did not want to say good-bye to him. He went to the Pacific in World War II on a destroyer called The USS Wicks.
Gurnee is located in Lake County, Illinois, whose recreational activities run the gamut from boating and fishing in Lake Michigan to picnicking and hiking in Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda or frolicing in the Chain O'Lakes area.
There are two state parks:
1. Illinois Beach State Park between Waukegan and Zion. Sheridan & Wadsworth Roads, East to lakefront, Zion, IL 60099.
Open year round, beach and 250 campsites with electrical hookups, flush toilets, showers, dump station, fishing, swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing, playground, Nature Centre, camp store, and snack bar. Also IL Beach Resort & Conference Center is the perfect place to get away.
2. Chain O' Lakes State Park near Grass Lake. 39947 North State Park Rd., Spring Grove, IL 60081
Open year round except Christmas. It has 193 campsites with 106 electrical hookups, firewood, flush toilets, showers, dump station, boating accessories and boat rental, fishing, horse rental, playground, camp store and snack bar. All activities closed November to December except for hunting.
There is the Lake County Forest Preserve District (whose boundaries are the same as the county itself) It includes a multitude of separate preserves along with the Des Plaines River Trail from Van Patten Woods on the north to Ryerson Woods on the south.
This is just a small "taste" of what's available for outdoor recreation in Lake County where Gurnee is located.
World reknown Tempel Lipizzans perform classical dressage in Wadsworth during the summer season.
They perform at Tempel Farms which is a beautifully rolling countryside suited for breeding, raising, and training of the unique Lipizzan horses.
When I drive down Wadsworth Road and pass the Tempel farms, I sometimes see the young horses (which have not turned white yet). It's an incredible farm on a huge amount of property and one of the only large parcels of farmland left in the area.
17000 Wadsworth Road
Wadsworth, IL 60083 (next door to Gurnee)
If you would like to see the Lipizzans perform, and if you are in the area in the summer, call (847) 623-7272 for the information you will need.
The Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center is nestled along the coastline of Lake Michigan on 4,1000 acres of natural beauty in a protected state park. It is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state! There are more than 650 species of plants in the dunes area alone.
During the 1700's, this area was part of the "Three Fires" of the Algonquin Nation, the Potawatomi, Chippewa, and Ottawa Indians. In 1948, Illinois acquired the lands for preservation and have left them in all of their natural splendor.
There are 92 guest rooms or 4 executive suites at the resort. There are in-room movies or video games, 24-hours a day. The rooms have either views of the sunrise over Lake Michigan or a view of the setting sun.
While enjoying the resort, you can take advantage of our newly remodeled health club facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, including personal trainers. There is also a sauna, whirlpool, and a large, heated pool.
Outdoors you can use the hiking, biking, and running trails or, in the summer, escape to the shores of Lake Michigan. In the winter, there is cross-country skiing. In addition, there are fishing charters available.
The resort has gourmet dining, a lavish Sunday brunch, a gift shop, and a game room.
Use I-94 north and exit Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east and go to the first light (Dilley's Road), turn left (north) and continue on Dilley's Rd. to Wadsworth Road and turn right at the stop sign. Take Wadsworth Rd east to Illinois Beach State Park. The Illinois Beach Hotel & Conference Center is located inside the Park (just follow signs).
Ranked as favorite small town getaway , Cedarburg, Wisconsin, provides an ideal setting for antiquing & shopping.
There are fascinating specialty stores, cozy taverns, gracious historic inns, & charming restaurants.
A little over an hour from Gurnee via I-94, it's an easy trip. Visiting Cedarburg is like a journey back 150 years with many of the limestone & brick buildings from that era remaining unchanged. Landmark preservation is a commitment of the ENTIRE community.
Cedarburg has been a village since 1840's, & the source of its vigor was Cedar Creek, along which German and Irish immigrants built five dams and mills. Two local quarries provided the Niagara limestone used to construct many of the home, mills & churches still standing today.
Cedarburg's downtown Washington Ave. area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, with over 100 buildings considered historically significant.
Adjacent to Washington Ave., Columbia Road Historic District is listed on the National & State Registers of Historic Places & includes 130 structures.
A small listing of some events & festivals:
MARCH: Cedar Creek Winery Open House & Wearable Art Show
JUNE: Stone & Century House Tour & Strawberry Festival
AUGUST: County Fair
SEPTEMBER: Wine & Harvest Festival
OCTOBER: Cedarburg Arts Weekend, Woman's Club Antique Show, & Jazz Jublilee
DECEMBER: Festive Friday Eves, Christmas in the Country, and That Christmas Feeling.
It's a delightful little town with ice cream shoppes, lovely little restaurants, & many antique stores & gift shops.
Directions from Gurnee:
take I-94 to North to Milwaukee, connecting with I-43 North, as if traveling to Green Bay or Door County. Continue 17 miles on I-43 to Exit 89 (Hwy C). Follow Hwy C west approximately 3 miles to the controlled intersection of Hwy C (Pioneer Rd.) and Washington Ave. Turn right on Washington and continue north into the Historic District.
NOTE: Picture courtesy of Deb Kranitz
My friend, Jill Martin, asked me to assist her in recording the people who are buried in the lovely, old cemetery at Millburn (a few miles from Gurnee). I agreed, and we spent a warm May morning recording names, dates, inscriptions, and type of sculpture.
Millburn Cemetery was first established on the east side of Highway 45, north of Millburn on the Robert Strang property. In 1867 more than 80 bodies were moved to its present location, part of the George Strang farm.
By 1869, the Millburn Cemetery Association formed and charged $5.00 per lot. In 1899, a well was dug to furnish water and shortly thereafter, a well house was built to hold the well tank. (It still exists today).
There is a park that is located at the west end of the cemetery which was given in memory of John ("Jake") and Helen Strang. A granite monument was imported from Scotland to commemorate Jake and Helen.
This lovely, small cemetery has been vandalized so the Millburn Cemetery Association deals harshly with those who "desecrate graves".
In 1987 six men who vandalized the cemetery to the tune of $100,000 damage were sentenced to three months in jail, two years intensive probation, and were made to dig graves at the century-old cemetery where they did the damage.
If you are a person who enjoys visiting old cemeteries, Millburn Cemetery is an excellent place to visit, read the headstones, and acknowledge the history herein.