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Day Tripper: Train trip to Centralia for dining, swimming

Day Tripper: Train trip to Centralia for dining, swimming

We recently took our 4-year-old son on his first Amtrak train trip, for a family outing to an Italian restaurant and an indoor pool in downtow…

April 06, 2015 4:18 pm(0)
WonderLab

WonderLab

Our 9-year-old daughter is a fan of science documentaries and projects (she has a tabletop volcano at home), so her face lit up when we arrive…

February 24, 2015 5:23 pm(0)

Day Tripper column reflects on favorite road trip food in 2014

My annual year-end "deleted scenes" column has a focus on some of the best food that my family and I ate on the road in 2014. We tried this fo…

December 30, 2014 12:41 pm(0)
CCC workers built Giant City Lodge to last

CCC workers built Giant City Lodge to last

With a name like Giant City Lodge, I expected grandeur and that is what I found when I pulled in front of this Southern Illinois landmark for …

September 29, 2014 4:06 pm(0)
St. George Island, Fla. offers great beaches, lighthouse, local seafood

St. George Island, Fla. offers great beaches, lighthouse, local seafood

My family and I recently trekked south to Florida's St. George Island, where we relaxed on one of the top U.S. beaches, visited a beautiful li…

August 19, 2014 1:02 pm(0)
DAY TRIPPER: Brown County, Ind., offers zip lining, lodge, more

DAY TRIPPER: Brown County, Ind., offers zip lining, lodge, more

My daughter and I recently viewed the dense, hilly forests of Brown County, Ind., from a new perspective -- speeding through the tree canopy o…

June 20, 2014 5:17 pm Photos

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Deleted Scenes from Stroud’s Day Tripper 2013 experiences

Deleted Scenes from Stroud’s Day Tripper 2013 experiences

Every year, I have a few experiences on the road that do not make it into my regular columns due to lack of space, time, etc.

December 20, 2013 4:37 pm Photos

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Day Tripper:  Indianapolis offers ‘urban state park’ for some family fun

Day Tripper: Indianapolis offers ‘urban state park’ for some family fun

State parks are traditionally associated with camping, cooking over an open fire and hiking, all activities that my 8-year-old daughter, Hanna…

September 26, 2013 5:14 pm(0)
Day Tripper: James Bond exhibit, Virginia Theatre are real treats for film fans

Day Tripper: James Bond exhibit, Virginia Theatre are real treats for film fans

I grew up watching James Bond movies on network television but I did not truly become a fan until I saw my first 007 film at a theater — 1987’…

May 03, 2013 7:10 pm(0)
Day Tripper: Rock Springs Nature Center, Sullivan Civic Center offer indoor winter fun

Day Tripper: Rock Springs Nature Center, Sullivan Civic Center offer indoor winter fun

My 7-year-old daughter is often eager to play at the park or ride her scooter even when the weather is not cooperating, and my 2-year-old son …

February 15, 2013 2:01 pm(0)
Day Tripper: Ferry rides provide access to beautiful scenes in Calhoun County

Day Tripper: Ferry rides provide access to beautiful scenes in Calhoun County

My wife and I usually stick to our predetermined routes while on road trips so that we can keep our two children’s time within the cramped con…

January 25, 2013 5:20 pm(0)
Day Tripper shares ‘deleted scenes’ from this year’s adventures

Day Tripper shares ‘deleted scenes’ from this year’s adventures

Whenever I receive one of my favorite films on DVD for Christmas, I typically watch the deleted scenes before the main feature. I am always cu…

December 14, 2012 11:57 am(0)
McLean County Historical Society provided interesting galleries

McLean County Historical Society provided interesting galleries

As a reporter, I have spent a fair amount of time over the years covering events in the Coles County Courthouse and the courthouses in neighbo…

November 16, 2012 2:18 pm(0)
Allerton Mansion adds to mystique of the park

Allerton Mansion adds to mystique of the park

When I paid my first visit to Allerton Park as a child, I felt like I had traveled into the land of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch…

October 19, 2012 3:33 pm(0)
Day trip to Effingham provided remarkable sites, food, play

Day trip to Effingham provided remarkable sites, food, play

Standing as tall as a 20-story building, the Cross at the Crossroads in Effingham is difficult to miss for those traveling on adjacent Interst…

September 14, 2012 5:14 pm Photos

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Visit to Pere Marquette Lodge proved to be a comfortable, relaxing stay

Visit to Pere Marquette Lodge proved to be a comfortable, relaxing stay

For me, staying in state park lodges has become an experience that is comparable to dining on a favorite comfort food.

July 21, 2012 6:30 am(0)
Day Tripper: Children’s museum, attractions in walking distance of Galesburg depot

Day Tripper: Children’s museum, attractions in walking distance of Galesburg depot

Getting to the station well in advance of your train’s arrival allows for extra time to find a good parking spot and to get oriented with the …

June 16, 2012 6:30 am(1)
Day Tripper: Shanti the snow leopard highlights a trip to Sacramento Zoo

Day Tripper: Shanti the snow leopard highlights a trip to Sacramento Zoo

Parents who have watched a “Madagascar” animated film with their children are likely familiar with Alex, a lion who became quite the showman a…

May 19, 2012 10:30 am(0)
Day Tripper: Train trip west is a relaxing way to travel and enjoy the scenery

Day Tripper: Train trip west is a relaxing way to travel and enjoy the scenery

Three days and two nights spent on a train might seem like a long time, but it goes by pretty quickly as a sleeping car passenger on Amtrak’s …

April 21, 2012 6:30 am(3)
Day Tripper: ‘Journey to the Top’ enjoyable even with feet firmly planted on the ground

Day Tripper: ‘Journey to the Top’ enjoyable even with feet firmly planted on the ground

Last month, my family rode a train to the Gateway Arch and a tram to the top of this 630-foot-tall monument during a weekend getaway to St. Louis.

March 17, 2012 7:30 am(0)
Day Tripper: Farm Fresh milk is a prized commodity to be appreciated

Day Tripper: Farm Fresh milk is a prized commodity to be appreciated

When it comes to Farm Fresh milk, there is just something special about those glass bottles.

February 18, 2012 7:00 am(0)
Day Tripper: Springfield museum helps kids learn and burn off energy

Day Tripper: Springfield museum helps kids learn and burn off energy

Road trips can be trying on the patience of a 1-year-old.

January 21, 2012 12:00 pm(0)

Day Tripper: Deleted scenes from 2011 trips

I am a longtime fan of the deleted scenes and other bonus materials that usually accompany films on DVD, except for the annoyingly bare bones …

December 17, 2011 7:00 am(0)
Day Tripper: Wolf Creek a new favorite fall spot

Day Tripper: Wolf Creek a new favorite fall spot

Night already had fallen by the time I drove into Wolf Creek State Park last month and slowly turned onto the gravel lane that led to the grou…

November 19, 2011 11:00 am(1)
Day Tripper: Family fun at Abe Martin Lodge in Ind.

Day Tripper: Family fun at Abe Martin Lodge in Ind.

My wife, our 6-year-old daughter and I all kept exclaiming "Wow!" last month as we rolled into Brown County State Park near Nashville, Ind., f…

October 15, 2011 9:15 am(0)

Map: Central Illinois: Wineries, vineyards & breweries

Enjoy great food, brews and company locally with this listing of Central Illinois wineries, vineyards and breweries.

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