Long, long ago, in another century in fact, I sought inspiration in chapels of pine and spruce. I sometimes went there for solitude, sometimes for friendship, but in each visit, I was able to exchange my carbon dioxide for the oxygen so generously provided by the green things which were my host.
This past weekend, I was privileged to attend the consecration of love shared by a young man and a young lady. One was a grown up lady, who I remember as a child, and the other, a new acquaintance. They chose a larger, leafier setting for their ceremony, on a point jutting out into a manmade lake, but still surrounded by a canopy far older than any of those in attendance.
They were married at Picnic Shelter number 3 at Wayne Fitzgerall State Park, near Sesser.
The shelter and picnic area overlook Rend Lake, a large manmade body of water created and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There are a number of features found near the lake, including an artist colony, a golf course, and a resort facility, including modern cabins that look right out over the lake.
If you are interested in a weekend getaway, some good fishing, a little golf, a wedding, or a work related conference, you might check out the website at http://www.rendlakeresort.com You can also call them at 1-800-633-3341.
The park is located along Illinois 154. If you are traveling along Interstate 57, take exit 77 west toward Sesser. The turn for the park is on the right. The golf course is on the left. You can see a humongous golf tee and ball as you approach from any direction.
The drive to Rend Lake is gorgeous when our leaves turn. Our hot, dry summer has caused some of the trees to color already. I’ll be exploring more of our “leafy” adventures in future blogs. There is plenty of green space to be seen as illustrated by the Artist who created the cathedral of clouds.
Enjoy your travels!