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No. 0     Original Topic:  Goin North To...   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 8:19 AM   Viewed 5081 times     
Alaska. (Not really, just Fox Lake near the Wisconsin Border).

But I am reminded of this song...

https://youtu.be/JSt0NEESrUA

Anyway, this is another Rail Line I have never been on so thought i'd check it out!

Fox Lake is 49.5 miles from Union Station in downtown Chicago.

The Northern Boundary of Fox Lake itself Borders the Wisconsin Border but I will be just a little south of there in a few hours.


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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 8:34 AM     
Al Capone used to hide out at a Hotel up here. It is allegedly the largest wooden frame structure in the State and is on the "National Register Of Historic Places".

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/480.html
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM     
Been up that way to Kenosha.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM     
Well after about a 1 hour and 50 minute Train ride, I arrived in Fox Lake, end of the line.

Before Metra was formed regionalizing all the former Commuter rail lines that operated here in Chicago this line was owned by, "The Milwaukee Road" (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad) and actually extended all the way up into Janesville, Wisconsin on this run.

This rail line was formed in 1850 and existed until the SOO line RR bought it out in 1985.

Now the Canadian Pacific RR runs freight over it and somehow has their hands in this line.

"The tracks beyond Fox Lake are owned by the State of Wisconsin and operated for freight service by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad. Commuter service beyond Fox Lake, abolished in 1982, served the communities of Spring Grove, Illinois, Solon Mills, Illinois, Zenda, Wisconsin, and Walworth, Wisconsin.[6]"

This plaque mounted on the side of the Train Station in Fox Lake honors some of the RR employees of The Milwaukee Road line.

That was their logo in red.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 2:07 PM     
I had a smudge on the camera lens but didn't realize it until after I uploaded the photos so some are hazy.

To my delight only about a block North of the Train Station I found a Waterfront Park owned by the Village of Fox Lake.

It had dozens of Picnic Tables and Park Benches, a Playground for the kids, small Boat Dock. A Hot Dog etc. stand in a Trailer, will have to visit that later and see what they have to offer, a Volleyball sand pit, Fishing area.



I did find ONE Picnic Bench which was up on a nearby Knoll and had some huge old growth Trees on it with a great view of the Lake and all the Power Boaters driving like maniacs.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 2:16 PM     
Watched a guy on a Jet Ski wipe out, then it began slowly sinking taking on water.

After awhile 2 other people on Jet Ski's came along to help him. They slowly towed him to shore.

After about 30 minutes of cleaning the water out he was able to start it up again and was soon back in the water cruising around.

Lots of Power Boats on Fox Lake, some big Cigarette Boats, and quite a few Pontoon Boats. Some Cabin Cruisers tool.

Fox Lake is actually connected with 2 other Lakes, Pistakee Lake & Nippersink Lake. Am watching Boaters going underneath a low cut RR Bridge and Roadway Bridge to get to one of the other lakes.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM     
I see PACE Bus also operates 3 different Bus Routes here. Same Bus company that runs in the Town I live and work in so my Bus card will work here. No Sunday services though. http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/search_results.asp
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 2:28 PM     
My Dad used to come up here way back when to go Boating, and drinking. I was probably here as a kid on the lake when young as I recall my Mother telling me we once came up here and rented a power boat on the lake.

The lake is very crowded, Boaters cruising fast, have to watch out for wild drunken boaters. Still looks like fun though!

Partly cloudy today, Temperature is 77 so not too hot out, breezy too.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 3:24 PM     
My view of the Lake from the Knoll.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM     
This knoll, a nice grassy area would be great to lay a Picnic blanket out on the ground too.

I broke out my lunch which I brought in a soft sided cooler. I had placed 2 bottles of frozen ice water in there.

I had a lunch fit for a King!

:party:

Bananas
Strawberries
Red Grapes
Tangelos

And for my Salad...
Baby Mixed Greens with Radicchio and Spinach
Banana Peppers
Sliced Mushrooms
Broccoli
Carrots
Snow Peas
Grape Tomatoes
Cheese, don't know what kind, it was in the ends & pieces cooler at the grocery store.
Sliced Chicken Breast

And topped it all with Balsamic Olive Oil Vinagrette.

And if I still get hungry I have a can of chunk white albacore Tuna and some saltine crackers!

Water.

But also have a bottle of Purple Powerade left too.

And now I think I will pack up and head down to the hot Dog Trailer to see if they have some Ice Cream! :ban_dance:
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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 4:39 PM     
Glad you are out enjoying yourself BF! The parks there seem more expansive than what we have here (rather small, except for our forests and deserts)!

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 4:49 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Glad you are out enjoying yourself BF! The parks there seem more expansive than what we have here (rather small, except for our forests and deserts)!



No this one is small.

I went to the Hot Dog Trailer and decided on a $4 Root Beer Float.

The Woman who owned the Business was quite friendly and we chatted awhile.

Her Father who was sitting under the Picnic Shelter was also quite friendly and offered up a wealth of information. He has been living there since 1940 since he was 9 years old!

Turns out the Lake in front of us is not Fox Lake at all, but Nippersink Lake. Fox Lake he said is just around the bend connected by a small narrow under a bridge.

He said there are 3 more lakes you can get to via Boat but the other 3 you need a low clearance Boat to make it under the Bridges.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 5:21 PM     
There was a Handicapped guy in an electric wheelchair who is from the same city I live in.

He was waiting for his friends to come back on their Jetski from the other lake so he could video them with his professional grade $3,000 Drone Quadcopter.

We were all waiting patiently and they finally showed up. Up went the Drone so fast and so high that the old timer we were talking to didn't even see it take off.

FAA rules only allow him to fly it 400' high but he said it will go vertically to 1500' which he took it up to.

It must have flown half a mile away as he tracked and videoed his friends below.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 5:23 PM     
Another view of Nippersink Lake....



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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 5:25 PM     
One more view..

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 5:31 PM     
I had 40 minutes to kill before getting back on the Train so after watching the Drone in awe for awhile I walked across the tracks into Downtown to see what was there. Burger King, McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, a few gas stations, one of which I went into to use the washroom and buy a "Freeze" which was only .79 for any size. Many more businesses.

I then hopped on the Train and headed back to downtown Chicago so I could take another Train back to work tonight.

The way the Trains run I get to spend 4 hours and 15 minutes or so in Fox Lake before having to head back. Quite enough time to have a little relaxation.

I slept on the 2 Trains off and on before getting to Fox Lake.

Definitely going to add this area to the bucket list of places to visit!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM     
The Woman who owned the Hot Dog Trailer gave me a full glossy colored, "Tour Booklet" of Fox Lake.

Will skim through it tonight at work in my free time and see what other neat stuff there is to do up there.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 10, 2016 at 8:30 PM     
Looking at the Map of the Tour book Fox Lake seems to be about 5 times bigger than Lake Nippersink where I was at.



Pistakee Lake is much bigger too. So the photos I posted of Nippersink lake are a fraction of the size of the 2 lakes connected to it.

My Dad and Brother lived in the next Town over just a couple of miles away in Round Lake Beach for years before he died there.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 10:56 AM     
Ok i'm on the Train headed to Fox Lake again today. Had a good nap on the Train from work and will probably take another one on this train too.

Thunderstorms off and on today so don't know what it'll be like when I get there. I see blue sky up ahead though so that's good.

Lots of Restaurants in Fox Lake I can take shelter in though while on the puter.

I stopped an bought some groceries before work last night so have the following for a lunch/snack:

Bananas
Blueberries
Oranges
Limes
Red Grapes
Tortilla chips
Tuna
Saltines
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 11:20 AM     
One scarey thing about this rail run...

Once you get out of the urban area it turns into a single track and is shared with freight trains and Amtrak I think too. :icon_eek::help:

Which means trains must be carefully timed with other trains and some have to holdover on siding tracks otherwise you get THIS---->>>>

https://youtu.be/8xzWl3dhAag
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 12:46 PM     
Well I arrived in Fox Lake. The Picnic table that was under the grove of trees on the hill is gone. That must not have been an official place for it.

So walkign around I found 1 picnic table next to the lake that was under a big tree that shades it. It is the only picnic table with shade, other than 2 tables underneath the shelter next to the hot dog trailer.

Partly sunny out here, rained this morning it looks like though.

Breezy, which keeps it cool out.

This payday I think i'll get a Fishing license and a reel for my rod so I can fish here and elsewhere.

The huge nearby Park Building also happens to be the Chamber of Commerce so will mosey on up there later to pick up some brochures.

So far onoly 2 complaints about this Park I have are the lack of shade, no biggee except on really hot days, and having to dodge all the Goose doodoo everywhere on the grass.

Very nice day out! I will probably move into the sun a little later to get some vitamin D.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 12:58 PM     
I could definitely carry my inflatable Kayak here in say a large, heavy duty Duffle Bag.

The farthest I would have to walk would be about 4 blocks from home to the first Bus Stop, then from the Train Station here in Fox Lake to the Lake front, maybe only 1 to 2 blocks for that.

Hmmmnnn....
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 2:24 PM     
Just saw a Police Boat cruise by. A huge inflatable with 2 big engines on it.

3 Officers on board. I have no idea what entity they are with. They were too far away to see the name.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 3:32 PM     
Made my way to the local McDonald's here. This is the first one I have ever seen that has a, "lounge area" with cushy, stuffed chairs, loveseats, and a Fireplace!

I don't see any outlets anywhere though except one by the door with no tables or chairs near it. grrhh.

Some McD's believe in them, some don't I guess.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 4:36 PM     
4:20pm: As I left McDonald's and headed back to the Train Station to return to Downtown Chicago I noticed a bunch of Police vehicles at the Thornton's Gas station I was in 1 week ago getting a Freeze drink.

The Fire Dept was also there.

As I got closer I discovered why...

Someone had driven right INTO the plate glass window of the gas station! :icon_eek:

Half of their vehicle was INSIDE the gas station. The entire glass of the window was broken out and shattered.

I had thought about going in there today and getting a freeze drink again.

The vehicle was right inside where I had just walked inside exactly 1 week ago. Had I been inside the store today in that same aisle like I was last week and this car would have come barreling through the window I would have been dead or at least seriously injured. :help::Hole:

Your life could end at any moment even inside a building!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM     
Found a news article about the above accident I walked past above.

I had originally planned to go inside this station that day like I did 1 week prior and get a freeze.

Had I left McDonald's a bit earlier I might not be here right now and could have been killed or seriously injured because I would have been walking on the side walk in front of that car and then down the aisle inside the store right where that vehicle plowed into the store! :icon_eek:

Fox Lake mini-mart rammed by storm, runaway car


A senior citizen reportedly told police he confused the gas with the brake and ran his vehicle into the Thorton's in downtown Fox Lake Sunday. (Steven Brizick)

Frank S. AbderholdenContact Reporter

Between the swift-moving storm Sunday morning that caused an electrical short in Thortons gas station in downtown Fox Lake and a senior citizen plowing his vehicle into the building later in the day, the station was barely able to stay open.

The storm might have caused a surge at the station and convenience store at 11 N. Route 12 and caused an air conditioning unit to short out, according to Fox Lake Deputy Fire Chief Ed Lescher.

According to the National Weather Service, a line of strong thunderstorms with winds up to 50 mph moved through Lake County around 7 a.m. Sunday, quickly dumping up to a quarter-inch of rain from Barrington to Gurnee, with more than a tenth of an inch reported in communtiies farther north.

After the storm passed, Lescher said, Thortons employees reported "a light haze inside the store." Officials evacuated the smoke with fans and the service station hired an electrician to come look at the problem, who found that an air conditioning unit was to blame. It was repaired, and the store re-opened after a few hours.

But Lescher said that wasn't going to be the end of the store's problems on Sunday, since "a senior citizen mistook the gas for the brake and crashed through the front window" of the convenience mart.

According to Lescher, the vehicle went into a short wall and large window just to the right of the doorway, going halfway inside and pushing display racks.

Lescher added that the driver was checked by paramedics at the scene, and he signed a waiver declining treatment.

Fox Lake Police Deputy Chief Jimmy Lee said no tickets have been issued and the driver refused to go to the hospital for a check-up. The man was released to his son, said Lee, adding that the driver told police he mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal.


An elderly man was treated and released at the scene after he accelerated his car by accident into the Thorton's service station at Route 12 and Grand Avenue Sunday in downtown Fox Lake. (Steven Brizick /)

Lescher said the electrician, a building engineer and a board-up company were called by Thortons. Once the engineer confirmed the building was structurally safe, the electrician cut off some circuits in the damaged area of the store, and they re-opened again later that evening.

"Once they were sure the building was safe, they opened back up to the public," Lescher said. More repairs will still have to be made, but the building is safe, he said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-car-into-thortons-fox-lake-fire-st-0719-20160718-story.html
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Aug 14, 2016 at 10:38 AM     
Supposed to be a nice day today, no rain. So I am headed to Fox Lake again for a few hours. On the way to Union Station in downtown Chicago right now. Train is packed, running out of room.

The trip from Chicago to Fox Lake will not have many people on it though at noon. Should be quiet zzz...
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 4:22 PM     
Came up to Fox Lake yet again today. There was a Boat show today. I missed that but there is a classic rock band playing in the Park along the Lake and some vendors. Pony rides, a psychic, lol. Am getting back on the train now and headed back to Chicago. I only stayed up here 2 hours. Nice day, kinda cool and breezy.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 4:41 PM     
I first went to a Subway and ate, then played on the puter doing some website work.

Then headed over to the park, ordered a 1 scoop Strawberry ice cream cup from the freindly food vendor I have ordered from in the past and sat down to listen to the classic rock band for 45 minutes.

She seemed glad to see me again, and my $ of course, lol.

Now on the Train and we'll be rolling back to the big city in 6 minutes.

Time for another nap on the train soon.
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By:  Birchman   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM     
Bullfighter

Glad to see you enjoying nature and the beautiful lakes and parks near or in Wisconsin.

I think you should move up here and enjoy this type of activity every day. Quite a few people from Illinois have migrated to Wisconsin permanently and many others own summer cabins in the state. There are so many lakes and rivers and lots of fishing places to try.

You might enjoy becoming a Cheesehead.:dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:

Birchman
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 8:19 PM     
Birchman wrote:

Bullfighter

Glad to see you enjoying nature and the beautiful lakes and parks near or in Wisconsin.

I think you should move up here and enjoy this type of activity every day. Quite a few people from Illinois have migrated to Wisconsin permanently and many others own summer cabins in the state. There are so many lakes and rivers and lots of fishing places to try.

You might enjoy becoming a Cheesehead.:dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:

Birchman


I recently discovered my first girlfriend, from 7th grade now lives in WI. She seems to be an avid outdoorswoman, a Kayaker. She lives in a suburb of Milwaukee and looks to be a life coach of some sort for kids.
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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  Aug 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM     
Enjoy seeing the " lake " pictures Bullfighter. My wife and I like to go to the local lakes in our area ... watch the boats ... and RELAX !

:cloud9:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 5, 2016 at 3:08 PM     
Am here at Fox Lake, IL for 2 hours again.

The weekend Train Pass is good for 3 days, Monday included since it is a Holiday, only $8 all weekend long, anywhere you want, for as many trips as you want.

I had thought about heading up to Waukegan Beach and swimming in lake Michigan again but the little blisters on my back are still recovering from sunburn a week ago Sunday. Itches and is still peeling.

So today I am at Pistakee Lake in Fox Lake. I claimed a Picnic Bench underneath a big shade tree and made a Sub Sandwich.

Am looking at tons of Boats out on the lake trying to dodge each other, lol.

This is not Lake Michigan where all the Boats have plenty of room and are all spread out from one another. This looks like Grand Central Station! The actual Fox Lake around the bend out of view is much bigger though.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:14 PM     
It was a nice 2 hours there. A Police Marine Patrol Boat with red & blue lights flashing pulled up next to a boat in the middle of the photo. Hard to make out, too far away.

They probably busted them for drinking alcohol, which is illegal while operating a Boat, just like when driving a car.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:18 PM     
It was hot and muggy out so when I saw the Dairy Queen across the street when walking in Town I decided an ice cream cone was in order.

I must admit while it was ok Baskin Robbins soft serve seems to taste much better.

There IS a Dunkin Donuts across the street too so next time i'll see if they have the Baskin Robbins in there too.

They do have tables with umbrellas in the shade that say dunkin donuts on them.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:28 PM     
In town there were many decorated fire hydrants. They are retired ones, mounted on metal boxes so portable.

There were dozens of them, all decorated differently.

I only took photos of a few of them.

This one is supposed to be grapes and grape vines. Kinda hard to make out in the shade though.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM     
This one has an anchor, chain, and line on it.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:32 PM     
Not sure about this one.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:34 PM     
This one is painted up in the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team logo.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:35 PM     
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM     
This is directly in front of the Fox Lake Train Station.

The large white letters in the grass say, "Fox Lake" and is so Airplanes and Helicopters can see where they are at.

The tall pole to the right is an air raid siren for warning of coming severe storms and Tornadoes. I'm sure it is used to warn the many Boaters out on the lakes as well.

I counted 5 sirens per level and they were 10 high so 50 sirens in all on this pole!

I would not want to be here if it ever sounded off! :icon_eek:

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM     
Here at Fox Lake again for 4 hours Nice day out!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 18, 2016 at 1:14 PM     
A family brought their cat on a leash. It seems quite content sitting under the picnic bench in the shade.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 12:47 PM     
Up here again for 4 hours, kinda cold out, jacket and hood weather for the last week.

No one was under the Pavillion so I claimed one of the 3 Picnic tables under it in case it starts raining.

Plus there are electrical outlets here.

A local Fish & Game Warden is checking out 2 Hispanics who have no less than 10 fishing poles in the water. I think that is illegal and there is a limit of 2? Been so long since I looked at the laws I would have to go back and re-read them.

Looks like he gave them a long lecture and is now lecturing the other group of them.

A 3rd guy he is issuing a citation it looks like for not having a Fishing License.

Or he forced him to go get one now and come back and if he gets one and comes back he will tear up the citation.

Very few Boats out on the water today. 2 weeks ago when I was here it was hot & humid and packed with boats.

Now only the hardy souls are out there.

Supposed to warm back up to almost 80 in a few days though.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:12 PM     
Looks like he gave one of the other guys a citation too.

Started raining out, lightly.

Half a dozen Ducks have moved under the Pavillion with me. Guess they don't like rain either.

They sure do seem to like the Pretzels I am tossing them though!

They are walking around right near my feet.

Hope that Conservation Officer doesn't see me feeding them or I might get a citation too. :unsure::Hole:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:51 PM     
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:52 PM     
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:54 PM     
Yeah that's my Knee in the photo...

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:55 PM     
Yes, my leg....

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:58 PM     
Saw at least 1 Houseboat, first one I have seen here. That's the way to do it when it's raining out! How well I remember on the Mississippi River cruising even in a heavy downpour in complete dry comfort inside the cabin!

Raining off and on here, coming in waves.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 2:01 PM     
2 of the guys here the Conservation Officer talked to are not Hispanic like I thought. They are European, Russian, Polish, or Serbian or something. Can't tell by their language for sure.

They speak perfect English too though.

They are both wearing BDU's like me, one in Camo, the other Tan. Ex Military for sure.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM     
Ah, the are Finnish! I looked up the name of the sport's jacket one of them was wearing, "Icepeak". It is a high grade well known Finland sportswear company popular in Europe.

Now I know why I couldn't place the language. Don't hear much Finnish talk!

http://www.icepeak.fi/
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 2:54 PM     
Oops not Finnish, Serbian/Yugoslavian! They have been here in America a long time though. I chatted with one of them for awhile. The Conservation Officer slapped him with a $150 fine for not having a Fishing License.

But he said the Judge in Court will waive it once he sees he got one right away at the Bait Store across the road.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 2:39 PM     
Back up here again for 4 hours. Partly cloudy out, mostly sunny, no rain.

A fair number of boats out today, many more than last week.

I got off the Train and claimed my Picnic Bench under the Pavillion near the electrical outlets.

As I took my Backpack off I noticed the Backpack Rain Cover I paid what $25 for was gone! :icon_eek:

I thought, "What the???!!!" I then realized when I was putting it on on the Train I must have forgot to tighten the drawstring cord on top which keeps it on. In the Train I had had it loosened to access stuff out of the Backpack.

So I put the pack back on, and retraced my footsteps back to the Train which was still sitting at the station a block away.

As I walked up some short steps up to the Train Platform I spotted the Backpack Raincover lying on the ground bunched up next to a pole.

Whew! It must have fallen off a few hundred feet after I exited the Train.

So that worked out pretty good for me.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 2:42 PM     
Saw a Lake County Sheriff Patrol Boat cruise by in front of me right after I got here. Seems there are multiple Police Agencies that have jurisdiction here on the lakes.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 30, 2016 at 3:18 PM     
Am up here at Fox Lake again having a Picnic Lunch. Made a Tuna sandwich using Dijon Chardonnay Mustard. Yeah I used whole wheat Bratwurst Buns but they were from the Deli and they'll do for now.

Red Grapes for Dessert. Will eat an apple too.

Maybe an Orange once I get back on the Train.

I think next time i'll bring my little Alcohol Stove and Mess Kit make a HOT meal! Probably bring the Thermos too with Hot Choklit, Tea, Coffee in it.

Kinda chilly here with the breeze constantly blowing off the lake. There are some diehard Boaters out there, not many though. No bugs though, too cold!

A guy caught a huge 3' long Asian Carp in front of me. After he weighed it he gave it to some other nearby Fishermen who said they'd take it.

Carp is not really good eating. They do make great fertilizer for your gardens though!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 30, 2016 at 4:17 PM     
Headed to the local Dunkin Donuts up here in Fox Lake for some HOT Choklit!

And a Blueberry Muffin.

Before hopping back on the Train in 15 more minutes.

This Town would be a good one to come to in Winter too for a few hours on Sundays since all these Restaurants are very close to the Train Station up here. Wouldn't have far to walk in the snow or cold.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 3:19 PM     
Back up here at Fox Lake for a Picnic Lunch for a few hours.

I was here last week also but didn't post anything about it.

I made a salad just now. A Seagull sat watching me from 100 feet away waiting for a handout.

Finally he approached me on foot so I tossed him a piece of Carrot which he promptly picked up but spit out. :rolleyes:

I think he was expecting Potato Chips or something, which I don't have today.

He still stood there watching me from about 30' away for another 10 minutes before giving up and flying away.

These Citified Seagulls sure are spoiled!

I do have a Cibata Bun but that is for my Tuna Sandwich later tonight.

Last week I was still seeing some Powerboaters zooming around. So far today I have only seen 1 fishing Boat and that's it.

A bit breezy thus cool today. 60 degrees out but with the breeze it says it feels like 52.

We had Frost again last night for the 2nd night in a row.

Warming back up both at night and during the day over the next several days.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM     
Well am all done with my 2 hour lunch and am back on the Train waiting for it to depart in 15 minutes.

The Seagull had come back twice and patiently waited for about 10 minutes hoping I would toss him some food.

He turned the Carrot down and I suppose I could have offered him some dry roasted peanuts.

I know they do luv bread but they say you shouldn't give bread to them. Or anything for that matter, they become dependent upon people food and not food from the wild.

I finally saw 1 power boat go by.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 4:32 PM     
I ate a California Orange for Dessert. I have 2 bags of them being they were on sale for only $1.99 per 12 or so. They must be in season right now.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 1:23 PM     
Came up here to Fox Lake today but no Restaurants are open.

Even Mc'D's, Burger King, & Dunkin Donuts are closed.

A Taco bell/Long John Silvers was packed with people but all the doors were locked and it appeared to be a private party or an employee party so no go there either.

The only thing open I can find are some Bars and most Gas Stations.

I walked to a Mobile Gas station I have never been near before.

They have a Mr. Submarine in here, that's closed today but they have a few tables and I asked the guy if I buy some coffee etc if I could sit at a table for awhile and he said, "sure".

I told him I was looking for a Restaurant and waiting for the Train but they were all closed.

SO at least I know where I will be coming next time to try out a Mr. Submarine! Been years since I have ate at one. A nice change of pace from Subway.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 1:25 PM     
Passed by a Realtor's Office that had a bunch of "Condos" advertised for only $21,000 just off the lake here.

Something doesn't sound right about that. They are probably smaller converted Apartments,OR the Association fee is sky high and out of this world!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 2:33 PM     
I see a Deli/Coffee/Bar opened up after I got out of the Mobile Gas station to get on the next Train.

Oh well too late now.

The Mr. Submarine also sells quite an array of fried chicken too I see. Will be back to try it all out on Sundays sometimes.

Now back on the Train for 2 hours for some :sleep: The trip back to downtown Chicago is 1.75 hours but they let you board the Train here at Fox Lake right after it arrives.

Good night...zzzz...:sleep:
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 60   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

I see a Deli/Coffee/Bar opened up after I got out of the Mobile Gas station to get on the next Train.

Oh well too late now.

The Mr. Submarine also sells quite an array of fried chicken too I see. Will be back to try it all out on Sundays sometimes.

Now back on the Train for 2 hours for some :sleep: The trip back to downtown Chicago is 1.75 hours but they let you board the Train here at Fox Lake right after it arrives.

Good night...zzzz...:sleep:
better sleep with one eye open
or kwanza's tribe of dindu's will surprise attack yer axx...i'm on sector
duty/a glorifried name for deputy till sunrise manana...my new 4x4 gator/john deer has been getting a hell of a workout since thanksgiving...
i'll still be doing my sales biz manana as well.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 3:59 PM     
crayons wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:

I see a Deli/Coffee/Bar opened up after I got out of the Mobile Gas station to get on the next Train.

Oh well too late now.

The Mr. Submarine also sells quite an array of fried chicken too I see. Will be back to try it all out on Sundays sometimes.

Now back on the Train for 2 hours for some :sleep: The trip back to downtown Chicago is 1.75 hours but they let you board the Train here at Fox Lake right after it arrives.

Good night...zzzz...:sleep:
better sleep with one eye open
or kwanza's tribe of dindu's will surprise attack yer axx...i'm on sector
duty/a glorifried name for deputy till sunrise manana...my new 4x4 gator/john deer has been getting a hell of a workout since thanksgiving...
i'll still be doing my sales biz manana as well.


The trip going back into Chicago right now is fairly noisy, with more people. This rail car is about full.

Anyone trying anything would have to do it in front of everyone. The Conductors make frequent passes through the Train at each stop looking for new tickets.

The run from my Town to downtown Chicago has 2 to 3 Contract RR Police on it at all times walking through the Train periodically.

That wouldn't stop a terrorist but it does help keep some of the unruly drunks and gang thugs in line.

The trip out to Fox Lake is usually very sparse and thins out. I think there was only one other person besides me in the half of the rail car once we reached Fox Lake.

Anyone trying anything on me personally better make it quick or i'd give them an Italian Necktie with one of my new knives, VERY sharp!

A muslim terrorist intent on murdering a bunch of people on a railcar would have a field day. He could slaughter 75 people in one half of a railcar alone.

Unless one person with a gun were to stop them.

If they had an explosive device there would be nothing to stop them from doing so.

Amtrak and other RR Police do use b*mb sniffing Dogs walking through Union Station in downtown Chicago but that is only a spot check at best.

To be blunt, passenger rail service is a sitting duck for ripe for islamic terrorism and there isn't much that can be done to stop them other than kicking them all out of the Country and banning islam in the first place.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 4:57 PM     
There is one precaution I do usually take though....

Once we arrive downtown at the train station I generally, "wait" a few minutes until the, "Herd" passes.

I usually take the last rail car if possible. That way I am farthest away from the choke point where hundreds of people are herded together when leaving the train platform and entering the station.

If terrorists are going to detonate a b*mb that is likely where they would do it, at the choke point where hundreds of people are packed together like sardines trying to squeeze into the station. They want maximum carnage and that is where they would do it, on the platform just before everyone enters the station.

I only have to wait a few minutes to be one of the last people entering bringing up the rear. By that time, almost everyone is already inside the station and fanning out throughout it and up onto the streets above, restaurants, bathrooms, etc.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM     
Over and over again a prerecorded message airs over the station speakers warning people to, "Be on the lookout for suspicious people, activity, or unattended packages and to report them to a Uniformed Officer..."
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 26, 2016 at 7:24 AM     
Buses are not running today.

But my weekend Train pass is good for 3 days instead of 2 due to today being considered a Holiday so I am taking the Train for the 3rd day.

Don't know if i'm working tonight or not. Will i.m. da boss at 8am to find out.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM     
Yesterday, many supposedly shied away from even attending church due to terrorist threats. I attended our Christmas service. But I did keep an eye scanning around.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 26, 2016 at 8:45 AM     
Train is pretty crowded today, not as much as normally during the week but pretty close.

I guess I get the next 2 days off, unless someone calls off somewhere and they need the Tac Officer elsewhere.

Will have to walk 2.25 miles home from the Train Station, but the rain last night melted most of the Snow so should be easy walking.

Going to be a balmy 52 today!
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Train is pretty crowded today, not as much as normally during the week but pretty close.


My experience on trains has been that they are pretty busy a day or two after a Holiday. Especially after a Holiday were as college kids are returning back to campus or the elderly returning home after visiting family.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Dec 26, 2016 at 9:40 AM     
Am downtown Chicago at Union Station. My favorite "Cajun Grill" was open so I ordered one of their wonderful plates of spicey/sweet chicken, veggies, spicey rice, and spicey potatoes. That was good, even if it isn't really "Cajun" food but Chinese food, lol.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jan 1, 2017 at 1:40 PM     
I feel like a pig! :blink:

I am stuffed to the gills! :sick:

I am back up here near WI in Fox Lake and was in luck today. Although it is New Year's Day many businesses are open here today!

So I decided to try out a Restaurant/Bar that was closed last week called, "The Channel Inn"

I passed a few different Bar/Grills but this one leans more towards a Restaurant with a bar as secondary so I assumed the food might be better. Which it was.

I settled on a Fisherman's platter for $17.95, broiled Walleye, 3 Lobster tail or crab hushpuppies, can't remember which, and some other type of fish.

Choice of potato or Mac N Cheese which I opted for the 2 potato pancakes which were really good too.

The meal included a full fledged salad bar and I could have had my meal from that alone! I loaded up all kinds of stuff for my salad.

Soup today was either French Onion or Cream of Chicken Rice. I got the latter, and it was definitely home made.

The electronic sign says this place is veteran owned. And is voted, "Best Breakfast In Lake County".

The Waitress brought both Breakfast and Lunch Menus.

Will try Breakfast some other time.

There were only about a half dozen people in here so I told the Waitress I will be playing on my puter for awhile since they are not busy at the moment.

Overall people on tripadvisor rate this place as 4.5 Stars out of 8 reviews. The food was very good, salad bar was very fresh too.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g36006-d10003589-Reviews-Channel_Inn-Fox_Lake_Lake_County_Illinois.html

You get a small loaf of fresh home made baked bread right out of the oven too.

There are 3-4 video "slot" machines in a corner which a few guys were playing once in awhile.

The place has a friendly, Family type atmosphere, not belligerent drunks or anything like that.

3 TV's were playing on the wall behind the bar playing Football games but volumes were low.

Pop refills are free.

I will definitely be back! For the salad bar if nothing else!



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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jan 8, 2017 at 2:45 PM     
Back up here in Fox Lake by the WI border again.

Decided on going to the Mr. Submarine inside the Mobil Gas Station and try some of that fried chicken I saw last time I was there on Christmas day when the Mr. Submarine part was closed.

It was pretty good. The red beans and rice though were more like rice with a blob of pasty refried beans not red beans.

Next time i'll try a Sub sandwich.

Afterwards I hit the small Grocery Store I saw last time. It is a Centrella affiliate.

Got a bag of Spinach for .99
A bag of Black Cherries.
1lb of Carrots for .
2 Garlic Bulbs for .99, maybe it will help get rid of my cold!!!
Croutons on sale.
A bag of cheap Oatmeal cookies ahem.
A 1lb block of Colby cheese to slice up for my Spinach salad at work tonight.
And probably a few other things I can't remember at the moment.

Next stop is here at McD's. I had a taste for a Strawberry Sunday. I tried Dairy Queen's here in Town last summer but did not like the taste of their ice cream. Tasted plastickey yuck.

McD's tastes much better!

And now coffee.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jan 8, 2017 at 2:51 PM     
I notice all the people up here are much friendlier than the cities where I live and work.

The young food server at Mr. Submarine also filled in for the elderly Woman who was working the gas station when she went out for a smoke.

We talked for a little while and I explained to them why I come up here sometimes, to get away from the big cities once in awhile!

The young cashierist girls at the Grocery Store were likewise very friendly.

This is small Town America up here, population only 10,579 as of 2010.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Lake,_Illinois
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By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jan 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

I notice all the people up here are much friendlier than the cities where I live and work.

The young food server at Mr. Submarine also filled in for the elderly Woman who was working the gas station when she went out for a smoke.

We talked for a little while and I explained to them why I come up here sometimes, to get away from the big cities once in awhile!

The young cashierist girls at the Grocery Store were likewise very friendly.

This is small Town America up here, population only 10,579 as of 2010.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Lake,_Illinois


If only we could have those type of people everywhere. Maybe we do? But when they are surrounded by so many creeps that swamp our cities today... we miss seeing them. I would love to clone your awesome find. If you could find work there... you should move.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jan 9, 2017 at 8:32 PM     
Kari wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:

I notice all the people up here are much friendlier than the cities where I live and work.

The young food server at Mr. Submarine also filled in for the elderly Woman who was working the gas station when she went out for a smoke.

We talked for a little while and I explained to them why I come up here sometimes, to get away from the big cities once in awhile!

The young cashierist girls at the Grocery Store were likewise very friendly.

This is small Town America up here, population only 10,579 as of 2010.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Lake,_Illinois


If only we could have those type of people everywhere. Maybe we do? But when they are surrounded by so many creeps that swamp our cities today... we miss seeing them. I would love to clone your awesome find. If you could find work there... you should move.


Ironically right after I posted that and walked to the Train Station was when that altercation happened, lol!

So I spoke too soon! :laugh:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 1:48 PM     
Kari wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:

I notice all the people up here are much friendlier than the cities where I live and work.

The young food server at Mr. Submarine also filled in for the elderly Woman who was working the gas station when she went out for a smoke.

We talked for a little while and I explained to them why I come up here sometimes, to get away from the big cities once in awhile!

The young cashierist girls at the Grocery Store were likewise very friendly.

This is small Town America up here, population only 10,579 as of 2010.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Lake,_Illinois


If only we could have those type of people everywhere. Maybe we do? But when they are surrounded by so many creeps that swamp our cities today... we miss seeing them. I would love to clone your awesome find. If you could find work there... you should move.


Here near Wisconsin again for lunch.

Stopped at Family Dollar for a few things first.

There was an African American working the register. He too was warm and friendly. No city gang thug attitude.

The Waitress here at the Restaurant knows how to lay the butter on thick lol.

"Honey", "My dear", "Sweetheart", etc lol. :dramaqueen:



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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 2:24 PM     
Had to pick up some Tolnaftate Foot Spray at Family Dollar. Got some Athlete's foot ugh!

Shoes are so wet all the time from walking they never get a chance to dry out!

Might get 2 pairs so one can dry out at home.

Just by chance I asked the guy at Family Dollar if they sold "ear plugs". :unsure:

Turns out they do! :spot1: I told him I needed some to use while on the Train so I could get a nap without all the noise bothering me, lol.

Otherwise if they didn't have them I could get some at ACE Hardware nearby for sure.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 2:32 PM     
Well i'll be! The soup & salad bar was supposed to be $3.25 extra for the Reuben Burger & fries I ordered.

She did not even charge me the $3.25!

Guess she wants a good tip!
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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 3:07 PM     
BF -- I often wonder since tips are being taxed by the Government if soon our restaurants will have the tip built in the prices as is in Europe (so mandatory tipping).

Nice to see you posting, albeit I was thinking due to your I'm leaving thread that you were taking a mini vacation as discussed in my vacation planning thread.

At any rate, enjoy those dollar stores while you can (we still have many here, but a few close by are .99 or more now).

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 3:14 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

BF -- I often wonder since tips are being taxed by the Government if soon our restaurants will have the tip built in the prices as is in Europe (so mandatory tipping).

Nice to see you posting, albeit I was thinking due to your I'm leaving thread that you were taking a mini vacation as discussed in my vacation planning thread.

At any rate, enjoy those dollar stores while you can (we still have many here, but a few close by are .99 or more now).



I have been to places where the tip was included in the total price. Can't remember where offhand at the moment.

I'm sure Waitresses all over the country are paying taxes out of their tips, lol. Uh yeah right, they are just beating a path to the government's door eager to hand over their hard earned cash.

I haven't left yet.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 3:22 PM     
Now i'm here at the Dunkin Donuts in Fox Lake sipping a Banana Smoothie.

I ordered a size medium and he gave me the higher priced LARGE size at the medium price! :icon_eek:

This must be my lucky day!

Unfortunately their WiFi, like "some" other Dunkin Donuts and a few other Restaurants "block" MC for some reason. :unsure:

So I use my own internet connection via my cellphone wireless tethering feature when that happens.

I come here for the coffee too.

It is the only Restaurant I have found here in Fox Lake so far anyway that has electrical outlets for their customers to use.

The Burger King McD's, and Subway here don't have them.

Not that I need it on this Netbook which has an extended life double sized battery, lasts up to 6 hours or so on a charge depending on bright or dim I have the screen.
No. 83     Reply: Re: Goin North To...   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 3:32 PM     
I haven't left yet.


Well enjoy when you do!

I have been to places where the tip was included in the total price. Can't remember where offhand at the moment.


You know I have been to catered events and some places that have included the tip actually as well (not widespread yet in the US 'yet').

I'm sure Waitresses all over the country are paying taxes out of their tips, lol. Uh yeah right, they are just beating a path to the government's door eager to hand over their hard earned cash.


Some tips are not hard earned (just saying -- I'm sure we've all had experiences of lousy service). Waitresses have to claim a percentage and pay taxes in most areas now whether they are tipped or not. Not sure all are honest, but it doesn't matter due to the set percentage that is necessary to be claimed subject to taxation.

I held a tipped job once and didn't have to pay any taxation (as I believe it ought to be).




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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 3:54 PM     
I'm getting tired now... :blink:...need... :sleep:

Had a nap or 2 on the 2 Trains this morning.

Now since I have ear plugs I should zone out even more on the 2 Trains tonight.

I better set my alarm on my cellphone though or I might not wake up and end up in some RR Yard somewhere!

(That actually used to happen at the Auto Facility I worked at they stored Commuter Trains right next door and cleaned them up at night.

Sometimes people would fall asleep on the Train and the Conductors wouldn't notice them, like if they were laying down on the upper deck.

Then the Train would head into the storage yard after leaving the last stop.

People would eventually wake up totally lost not knowing where they were at.

One time a guy tried to steal one of our vehicles in order to drive home.

Our Guard on duty at the time caught him and held him for the Police who took him away to Jail.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 3:56 PM     
20 more minutes or so and I can get on the Train then... :sleep:
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By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 4:33 PM     
when my son was much younger (high school) ... he took the Greyhound bus from his uncles in California on his way home to us in Idaho. he fell asleep on it.... and slept through the stop in Boise...... He woke up in Utah. I can't remember how that all worked out now... but it was for sure frustrating for two parents getting him home. LOL

I should remind him of that. :biggrin:
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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 5:56 PM     
Kari wrote:

when my son was much younger (high school) ... he took the Greyhound bus from his uncles in California on his way home to us in Idaho. he fell asleep on it.... and slept through the stop in Boise...... He woke up in Utah. I can't remember how that all worked out now... but it was for sure frustrating for two parents getting him home. LOL

I should remind him of that. :biggrin:


Glad your son got there safely! What an awakening for him that must have been! :p

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 8:11 PM     
Kari wrote:

when my son was much younger (high school) ... he took the Greyhound bus from his uncles in California on his way home to us in Idaho. he fell asleep on it.... and slept through the stop in Boise...... He woke up in Utah. I can't remember how that all worked out now... but it was for sure frustrating for two parents getting him home. LOL

I should remind him of that. :biggrin:


I could see how easily that could happen.

I fell asleep on the local Bus after getting off work one morning, and ended up heading back North and got oh maybe 5 miles away from the last stop I was supposed to get off at.

The Driver, a Jehovah's Witness, who knew full well I was back there intentionally let me doze to see how long it would take for me to realize it.

No big loss I was on my way home anyway but had to wait for another Bus to come along heading south again. I went to a gas station and got some coffee.

I used to take the Greyhound sometimes with my Mother from Chicago to my Grandmother's house whenever she wanted to get away from my Father.

It no longer stops in Town there. Train service stopped there as well many many decades ago, maybe before I was born.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 8:17 PM     
Well the ear plugs worked out REALLY well on the Train tonight!

I could barely hear the automated voice and the Conductor's on the PA system as they announced each Train stop.

I could not hear any passengers talking.

SO I was able to zzzz pretty good!

I don't know why I didn't think of this 2 years ago! :unsure:

Will just have to be careful I don't miss my stop!

(Well, even if I ever do the last stop is only about a 10 minute walk from work so that wouldn't be too bad.

It goes a little farther during the week but I don't take the Train then.
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By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Feb 5, 2017 at 10:16 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Kari wrote:

when my son was much younger (high school) ... he took the Greyhound bus from his uncles in California on his way home to us in Idaho. he fell asleep on it.... and slept through the stop in Boise...... He woke up in Utah. I can't remember how that all worked out now... but it was for sure frustrating for two parents getting him home. LOL

I should remind him of that. :biggrin:


I could see how easily that could happen.

I fell asleep on the local Bus after getting off work one morning, and ended up heading back North and got oh maybe 5 miles away from the last stop I was supposed to get off at.

The Driver, a Jehovah's Witness, who knew full well I was back there intentionally let me doze to see how long it would take for me to realize it.

No big loss I was on my way home anyway but had to wait for another Bus to come along heading south again. I went to a gas station and got some coffee.

I used to take the Greyhound sometimes with my Mother from Chicago to my Grandmother's house whenever she wanted to get away from my Father.

It no longer stops in Town there. Train service stopped there as well many many decades ago, maybe before I was born.


I rode the Greyhound once in my teens with another friend. It was pretty cool actually. I wouldn't want to do it alone. I've taken the train alone..... but never flown alone.......... I like travel companions.
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By:  BorrowedAngel52   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Feb 6, 2017 at 12:44 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

4:20pm: As I left McDonald's and headed back to the Train Station to return to Downtown Chicago I noticed a bunch of Police vehicles at the Thornton's Gas station I was in 1 week ago getting a Freeze drink.

The Fire Dept was also there.

As I got closer I discovered why...

Someone had driven right INTO the plate glass window of the gas station! :icon_eek:

Half of their vehicle was INSIDE the gas station. The entire glass of the window was broken out and shattered.

I had thought about going in there today and getting a freeze drink again.

The vehicle was right inside where I had just walked inside exactly 1 week ago. Had I been inside the store today in that same aisle like I was last week and this car would have come barreling through the window I would have been dead or at least seriously injured. :help::Hole:

Your life could end at any moment even inside a building!
Enjoying myself reading as you share. I had to stop here and say Praise God you were NOT there in that spot getting a freeze. God is with you BF. But, you are so right, when God calls your name its over! You can be anywhere doing anything. I am so happy to hear you are enjoying yourself! When I was a kid we played on those train tracks in Chicago...of course we got in trouble all the time, but it really was fun! God was with us kids too!:smile: Well keep having a great time...10-4 and byea
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By:  BorrowedAngel52   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Feb 6, 2017 at 8:09 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Saw at least 1 Houseboat, first one I have seen here. That's the way to do it when it's raining out! How well I remember on the Mississippi River cruising even in a heavy downpour in complete dry comfort inside the cabin!

Raining off and on here, coming in waves.
Wow, that would have to be so cool to go out on the lake in a nice houseboat in the pouring rain at that! I can do that any day! How awesome!
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By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Feb 6, 2017 at 7:53 PM     
Kari wrote:
I rode the Greyhound once in my teens with another friend. It was pretty cool actually. I wouldn't want to do it alone. I've taken the train alone..... but never flown alone.......... I like travel companions.


I've done a lot of things alone but flying is not one of them, I kinda like having a pilot along for the ride.

Speaking of alone, has anyone seen the show Alone? My wife thinks I could win that. I think not, maybe long ago I could have but not now.
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By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Feb 6, 2017 at 8:02 PM     
PlowMan wrote:

Kari wrote:
I rode the Greyhound once in my teens with another friend. It was pretty cool actually. I wouldn't want to do it alone. I've taken the train alone..... but never flown alone.......... I like travel companions.


I've done a lot of things alone but flying is not one of them, I kinda like having a pilot along for the ride.

Speaking of alone, has anyone seen the show Alone? My wife thinks I could win that. I think not, maybe long ago I could have but not now.


Had to log in just to comment. This response made me laugh out loud when it popped up in my email.

Yep, a pilot is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless you are one, which, I am not.

Patty thinks you could win that show? Never heard of it but when I Googled it, I found this:

The cold, isolated region of Patagonia, Argentina, is the setting for the third season of "Alone." Ten hardcore survivalists are sent to Patagonia with one mission: to stay alive. The castaways face such dangers as treacherous predators, including pumas and wild boar, and unpredictable weather conditions. They use whatever they can find -- in the wild and with the limited gear they are given -- and their building acumen to create ingenious inventions to help them survive, in addition to foraging for food and water. The men and women are separated from one another so they don't know when someone taps out and who is left in the competition. The harsh conditions put forth by Patagonia lead to a number of the survivalists needing urgent medical attention throughout the season. As in the previous seasons, there are no camera crews and the castaways use cameras to self-document their experiences.


so... in other words... she sees you as self sufficient and a survivalist???? No way, Jim. You'd miss her homemade bread and Moose roasts too much
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By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Feb 6, 2017 at 9:16 PM     
Kari wrote: No way, Jim. You'd miss her homemade bread and Moose roasts too much


ROFL You got that right, but I also could not do it because I am physically incapable now. Too fat and out of shape.

But years ago I used to live alone for months at a time, and without most of the modern conveniences we take for granted these days.

Being alone used to be something I thrived on and that is the biggest hurdle the participants of the show have to overcome.

It is true, Patty has become the most important part of my life. I don't even like leaving her for a few days to do the trade shows my business depends upon. And I hate cities and sleeping in hotel rooms.

So much so that during the warmer months I sleep in my truck. I've made a bed in the back and carry everything I need with me.
I can usually find a place beside a river or lake to park and a picnic spot with a fire pit at some camp ground where I can cook meals.
I'm more comfortable that way then living in hotel rooms and eating in restaurants.

But I would much rather have Patty with me.

I may buy a camper so that we can do the circuit together. Now that would be heaven on earth.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Feb 7, 2017 at 4:06 AM     
BorrowedAngel52 wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:

4:20pm: As I left McDonald's and headed back to the Train Station to return to Downtown Chicago I noticed a bunch of Police vehicles at the Thornton's Gas station I was in 1 week ago getting a Freeze drink.

The Fire Dept was also there.

As I got closer I discovered why...

Someone had driven right INTO the plate glass window of the gas station! :icon_eek:

Half of their vehicle was INSIDE the gas station. The entire glass of the window was broken out and shattered.

I had thought about going in there today and getting a freeze drink again.

The vehicle was right inside where I had just walked inside exactly 1 week ago. Had I been inside the store today in that same aisle like I was last week and this car would have come barreling through the window I would have been dead or at least seriously injured. :help::Hole:

Your life could end at any moment even inside a building!
Enjoying myself reading as you share. I had to stop here and say Praise God you were NOT there in that spot getting a freeze. God is with you BF. But, you are so right, when God calls your name its over! You can be anywhere doing anything. I am so happy to hear you are enjoying yourself! When I was a kid we played on those train tracks in Chicago...of course we got in trouble all the time, but it really was fun! God was with us kids too!:smile: Well keep having a great time...10-4 and byea


Here is an incident that happened this past Thursday night on my night off across the street from work. An Employee at work told me about it the other night because she saw all the Police and Fire Trucks, etc.

I walk along the Riverwalk in this exact spot. This happened at 12:30am. Had it happened 2-3 hours or more earlier and on a night I work I could have been run over by this crazy woman!

Elgin woman pulled from Fox River charged with attempted murder

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170204/news/170209446/
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By:  Birchman   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Feb 9, 2017 at 7:12 PM     
Hi Bullfighter
Fishing season starts up here soon. There are some decent fishing lakes north of Milwaukee. There is a rail connection to Milwaukee from Chitown, but I'm not sure if you can get further north. Get a fishing pole and WI license this spring.
Birchman
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Feb 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

BF -- I often wonder since tips are being taxed by the Government if soon our restaurants will have the tip built in the prices as is in Europe (so mandatory tipping).




At many restaurants at least a 15% gratuity is already a part of your bill and has been for many years.
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By:  BorrowedAngel52   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Feb 11, 2017 at 10:39 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

BorrowedAngel52 wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:

4:20pm: As I left McDonald's and headed back to the Train Station to return to Downtown Chicago I noticed a bunch of Police vehicles at the Thornton's Gas station I was in 1 week ago getting a Freeze drink.

The Fire Dept was also there.

As I got closer I discovered why...

Someone had driven right INTO the plate glass window of the gas station! :icon_eek:

Half of their vehicle was INSIDE the gas station. The entire glass of the window was broken out and shattered.

I had thought about going in there today and getting a freeze drink again.

The vehicle was right inside where I had just walked inside exactly 1 week ago. Had I been inside the store today in that same aisle like I was last week and this car would have come barreling through the window I would have been dead or at least seriously injured. :help::Hole:

Your life could end at any moment even inside a building!
Enjoying myself reading as you share. I had to stop here and say Praise God you were NOT there in that spot getting a freeze. God is with you BF. But, you are so right, when God calls your name its over! You can be anywhere doing anything. I am so happy to hear you are enjoying yourself! When I was a kid we played on those train tracks in Chicago...of course we got in trouble all the time, but it really was fun! God was with us kids too!:smile: Well keep having a great time...10-4 and byea


Here is an incident that happened this past Thursday night on my night off across the street from work. An Employee at work told me about it the other night because she saw all the Police and Fire Trucks, etc.

I walk along the Riverwalk in this exact spot. This happened at 12:30am. Had it happened 2-3 hours or more earlier and on a night I work I could have been run over by this crazy woman!

Elgin woman pulled from Fox River charged with attempted murder

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170204/news/170209446/
True BF, But as I said the Lord is with you where ever you go! His timing, and propping is always right on time. We can Thank God for this!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Dec 31, 2017 at 4:31 PM     
Been at least 6 months since I've been to Dunkin Donuts up here in Fox Lake and the minute I walked in the door the girl said, "We no longer have the strawberry banana smoothies!"

I was surprised she remembered me after all this time!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Dec 31, 2017 at 5:11 PM     
I told the girl, "You have a good memory!"

I ordered a large iced coffee since they or iced teas are just $1.50 any size from 4p to 6p everyday.

Stayed 15 minutes before hopping back in the train.

Train is filling up fast with people every stop we make. They must all be headed downtown Chicago for various festivities tonight.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Dec 31, 2017 at 5:15 PM     
I am invited just south of here to Mt Brighton this evening for a New Years Eve of downhill skiing to bring in the New Year. Actually, the slopes close tonight at 9:30, but apparently the club house is open for the partying until whenever. Too cold for being out in that wind for very long anyway.

I do not regularly attend such "partying" as it might be expected this is, but in this case this group is my weekly volleyball playing church group I became affiliated with via Meetup.com this winter. They do not appear to be a rowdy bunch of "drinkers". Which that does not bode well for being on a pair of skis or a board anyway. And I do not drink anyway.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Dec 31, 2017 at 8:39 PM     
The Train from downtown Chicago to work was Jam packed too.

When I got off the Train and Bicycled 2 blocks to DD I could feel the cold trying to bite through 2 layers of long underwear.

Wind seems to have died down from this morning, at least until tomorrow morning.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jan 15, 2018 at 2:51 AM     
Looking closer at the Train schedule I discovered there is an extra Train that heads up to Fox Lake on Saturdays I somehow missed before.

It would give me 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time up there before heading back to Chicago.

Which means I can have that time for Picnics on the lake again and watch all the boats going by! :party:

So Saturday I hung out at DD on the puter for the hour and a half.