Days 25-26: “IN” Round Lake, IL

Staying with Kim and Steven is so much fun! As I’m writing this, Steven is trying to convince us to stay later than planned tomorrow before we head out into the “unknown” portion of our trip (the drive between Round Lake and Seattle). Kim, meanwhile, is trying to convince Harrison to visit a tunnel somewhere…

Yesterday, we had a picnic! Harrison and Steven were very good at building a fire:

Harrison & Steven building a fire

Kim and I were very supportive of their efforts, obviously.

Mica & Kim in picnic shelter

Steven is a vegetarian, and Kim is a vegan. I love visiting them because we have so much fun and also because I get to eat awesome vegan/vegetarian food. This was a our picnic spread yesterday: “chicken” salad, chickpea-bulgur “salad,” “chips,” and “fruit.”

vegan picnic spreadAnd also baked beans and foil-packet potatoes which were reluctant to cook. Every time we checked them, they kept saying “I’m raw potatoes,” oddly enough.

foil potato packets on grill


We each had our own flavor of Jarritos!

Mica & Kim, Jarritos

After lunch, we played some spastic (on my part) frisbee and took a walk around Volo Yolo bog.

Bog walk

It was hot in the bog, but we made it look pretty good.
Bog pose

Steven made stuffed “burgers” for dinner on Saturday. Tonight, we had homemade pizza, each with our own unique combination of toppings.

pizza & burgersDon’t worry, though. We’ve been workin’ on our fitness. Kim and I ran this morning. It was hot!

Kim & Mica, post run


Kim is studying to become a personal trainer. This morning, she also coached me and Harrison on some couples yoga poses today.

stacked yoga pose

Meanwhile, Steven practiced riding the motorcycle of his dreams. [Kim may have just expired from over-laughing at the picture.]

Steven's air motorcycle

Data is highly judgmental of our antics. Seeing us goof around probably makes him feel, as Kim and Steven say, “stabby.”

Stabby Data


After a delicious brunch at Wildberry, we went to see World War Z. It was really tense (evidenced by my sharp intakes of breath), but I think we all enjoyed it. (Some friends have told me that it isn’t as good as the book, but none of us had read it.) In case you don’t want to see the film though, it’s basically like this:

Mica & Kim reenact "World War Z"

While they made dinner, I decided that Kim’s collection of cans makes her really unique…just like liking Christmas! 😉

Kim with cans


Liking pizza? It also makes you unique.

Thanks for the fun weekend, Kim and Steven and my cat-boyfriend Data! Next time we get together, Kim and I will wear our maxi dresses for the photo.

WVT at Round Lake

It’s all downhill from here “metaphorically.”



3 thoughts on “Days 25-26: “IN” Round Lake, IL

  1. Gah, this is still making me crack the eff up, the second (okay, like, fourth) time reading it!

    Ahh! I had such a good time visiting this weekend, just hanging out and being goofy. 🙂 Thanks for including us on your tour!!! We are excited to visit you, wherever you end up! Even if it’s somewhere that makes me all FOMOy of your life 🙂

    I did like the movie yesterday. Maybe I was more entertained watching you be all tense, though? Hmm. Not Sure. 😉

    Che che che che che!!!!

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