Moran: Not-so-perfect day for a picnic
September 9, 2014 - Picnic Time
File it underneath a difficulty of Things That Seemed Like a Good Idea during a Time (and wish that a record still has room after all these years): A cruise during Jones Island Beach in Grayslake on a initial balmy weekend of September.
Think about how good that thought looked on paper. After a Labor Day Weekend with pop-up thunderstorms churned with July-level feverishness and humidity, a following Saturday dawned clear, frail and calm. Postcard weather. Chamber-of-Commerce weather. Whatever we wish to call it, we had it.
So we installed adult a automobile with blankets and chairs and paper plates and cosmetic forks and a football and a Frisbee and some-more than adequate boiled duck for a dozen or so people we were expecting.
Because Jones Island is tucked in a area and can be a small tough to find even for those who don’t know what GPS stands for, accurate arrangements were done to accommodate dual opposite groups of parties nearing from out of a area to form guided convoys to a park.
All of these rough logistics went off though a hitch. That’s customarily your initial idea that we are screwed.
And so it was that usually as a day reached a rise — right during a fantastic impulse on a late-summer/early-fall afternoon when a object is still comfortable though a atmosphere is starting to cold — 6 vehicles could be seen streaming into an differently dull parking lot during Jones Island Beach.
A trickery that, as it incited out, was sealed to a public.
There was confusion, a few furrowed brows, some ungainly laughter. One immature member of a party, who had progressing voiced regard that Friday’s sleet competence have flooded a drift and had offering to check and see if a park was open, was feeling irreproachable and maybe usually a bit cocky.
This being a Information Age, all we had to do was revisit a Grayslake Park District’s website to see a following notice: “Jones Island Park renovations will start on Sep 2. The park will be sealed to a open for a generation of a restoration project, durability approximately 6 to 8 weeks.”
Opting not to wait in a parking lot for 6 to 8 weeks, we headed to circuitously Central Park, that was open to not usually swarms of people examination girl football though also wasps acid for food. But that is another story of bewail for another day.
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