Liz and I took a drive to the town of Lake Geneva and around the lake last Thursday.
We liked it so much, we went back again yesterday with buddy Frank.
We again drove the original US-12, now Highway H from Genoa City, on the Illinois line. Took Wells Street past all those old motels, to downtown and parked in front of Popeye's (paid 25 cents for every thirty minutes) which has been dishing up great food and atmosphere since the early 1970s.
You get a great view of the lake and the historic Riviera Docks building and all the classic old Gage Line ships anchored there. The hills were ablaze in fall color. They were still having their Oktoberfest celebration so Liz and I ordered German food and Frank got their famous rotisserie chicken that is grilled outside. Even better, we had a 50% off coupon. Works for me.
Afterwards, walked around the corner and saw that the old video arcade was indeed closed. There was an article in the Chicago Tribune back in August saying that it was closing for good in September, a victim of the times. Kids have all that new technology and can even carry around games of that sort. A bit of Americana gone.
Walked over to the Riviera Docks and viewed the impressive classic boats. We were especially impressed with the Polaris, a diesel launch from around 1900 which used to ferry folks from the Riviera to one of the mansions along the shoreline.
Talked to someone working on it who said the zebra mussels which have invaded the Chain of Lakes where we keep our boats have been in Geneva Lake for several years, but after at first causing problems, aren't as bad. And, the lake has never been cleaner and clearer.
More to Come. --RoadDog
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