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Watseka, Illinois - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #14

By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, but we spent the largest block of time in a little town near the Indiana side of Illinois...

Some parts of Wateska remind me of what I imagine to be an “All-American Pleasantville”. An imaginary town, in my imaginary imagination…or is it? I’m not sure if it’s the above average number of American flags and other versions of the stars and stripes proudly flown at so many private residences, or the consistently cropped grass on every lawn and boulevard, or the ride-on rockets in the 1950s era remnant of the playground at Legion Park. Whatever it is, I love Watseka. I do suspect, however, that my love for Watseka has less to do with the surroundings than it does with the people we visit there. This is where my lovely wife’s mother grew up, and the 3 times that I have been here, it has been to visit the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins, with whom we get-along smashingly well. To me, Watseka will always mean extended family meals, cooling off in the pool, impromptu pseudo-baseball games, and other random activities. It’s a hard place to leave, and we always look forward to our next visit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watseka,_Illinois
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family

written by dirklancer

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  1. stouf

    stouf

    The red chair shot is a piece of art ! Great gallery again !

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