This is the travel review of Rockford IL that our oldest, F, wrote. F documented the whole trip. On our last day there, F summed up the trip by saying, “Rockford Rocks”. The review is in her own words.
This day was AMAZING!! Today was the first day we were on vacation. When we first walked in, we were about 10 min late for our “appointment”. They were all waiting for us when we walked in! The director was with them too! He was the first person to greet us after they knew it was us. Then, Scott, the director, gave us a personal tour!! He said he started going to this museum when he was only thirteen. He also said he knew the place when it was still very small. He explained EVERYTHING so clearly and very detailed. It took him almost five minutes for him to explain one question! A little bit later he was telling us how Jane was the first dinosaur that the museum found. Then he went in depth how he leads expedition tours!! He even pointed out how there are two geese that come back every seven years to build a nest top of their greenhouse. Scott said even one year one of the goslings fell off and broke its wing! They then helped raise money to heal it. Unlike some tours where the guide doesn’t know anything about the tour unless it was in the script, he knew everything so in depth that it was amazing how much he knew! A little bit later, he asked if we wanted a behind the scenes tour!! He showed us what he does as a job. It was cool on how he needed a key for every door he needed to open. He then showed us a room with a “Beware of bear” sign so people would stay out. I was a little confused why he then unlocked the door. Inside, there were SO MANY stuffed animals everywhere! There was one on every shelf. From big to small but most were birds. He also pointed out the snakes in the jars of alcohol. They were put in there to keep their skin from drying out. After the tour, he was telling us how this museum is a good field trip for schools. During the tour he made it interactive for me by asking some questions if we knew what some of the items he showed us were. In conclusion, that was the best fossil museum I had ever visited!
I first want to say this food here was AMAZING! When we first walked in we got greeted and she told us we could seat ourselves. First we got an appetizer called “Million Dollar bacon”. That bacon, when it came out looked a little weird. it had some type of crunchy topping on it. When we bit into it, it was so sweet and crunchy. We think they put brown sugar on top of it. While we were waiting for our main course, we were looking around. We notices a motorcycle strapped to the wall! We also noticed how the lights were made up of mason jars! I thought that was really cool. When our main course came, we were surprised on how good the food looked! The vintage Mac and cheese looked crispy with some sort of topping. We looked at the vintage PubBurger and we would rate it very good! Angie, our waiters, told us all of the fries were hand sliced. We were surprised when she told us that. Once we took a bite of the fries, we came to an agreement that all fries should be made this way. They were all good and crispy. That would probably be the best vintage restaurant I have been to.
At first from hearing this name, and how their best known for their Swedish pancakes, I thought, so what? Well I kept that thought until we actually got our food. The waiter, Lupe, brought us our food and it looked…different from what we would eat. She gave us some type of berry mix for our pancakes. Dad and I split one dish of two eggs , two pancakes, four toast, and corn beef hash covering the bottom of the ENTIRE plate! We, together, could barely finish it even though we like it! We also found out that the berry mix Lupe gave us tasted very well with the pancakes. The pancakes looked weird from what we would eat where we live. We would think that the flattened, looking pancakes were messed up. Apparently that’s how Sweden makes their pancakes! Lastly, we found out that since the Viking times, the horse has been considered a holy animal. That explains why some houses have horses on the front of it. Since that was my first time trying Swedish pancakes, they were pretty good.
The first thing I was to say is that this restaurant is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to! First we were greeted by the hostess station. Andrea was our waiter and she was very happy. She was nice and helped us with whatever we needed. A little bit later from getting greeted, the owner, Jim, came and personally greeted us. Andrea said at first, he was on takeout duty, but he came out of his way to meet us. One thing we noticed that was very big was the bread was homemade! it was soft and crunchy. We also got a little bit of salad that was very good too. Luckily, the salad wasn’t like my school salad that either overloads it with dressing, or doesn’t put enough on. When the pizza came, everything was fabulous! It was obviously homemade. It had a thin flakey crust, almost like a cracker, but in the best way! It’s almost as if they backed it in a stone oven. We wish that there was a Lino’s near us. That was the best pizza we have ever eaten…EVER!!!!
When we went to the Discovery Center, I thought it would be no fun until I went inside. Once we were inside, it was very loud from the other people. When I looked around. I saw all kinds of things like water areas, mini stations, and my favorite part…the gift shop! I had so much fun there and I think my family did also. Sadly I didn’t see anything I wanted in the giftshop but the Discovery Center itself was a gift. You can look around and see so many smiling faces and people trying new things. there was even an outdoor part! I wish the water part was open but it wasn’t because the weather was still too cold that it would freeze. Overall, I think it was very fun especially for my sister.
When I first heard about going to the botanical gardens, I was already pumped. I absolutely LOVE going to butterfly gardens. When we first got there someone, (I think the manager or staff showed us around. She showed us where they got their cocoons from and how long they live. Once we got to the butterfly part it was fun, but the place was kind of small. They had to keep the butterflies contained from outside in the plant section, because they were from Cuba and they don’t know it they could have some sort of bug that can kill all of the plants. A little bit later, another person came and showed us all the plants. This was the fun part. Eventually she showed us the dwarf bananas tree but instead of moving on, she went off the path and grabbed 3 of the bananas!! they were tiny but they were good. That’s what I call fresh off the tree. That was a lot of fun but my favorite part was the dwarf banana tree
I admit at first I wasn’t overjoyed about this trip as I wanted to go to the beach like my friends did. But at the end of our first day, I told my Mom that “Rockford Rocks”. This was more of an educational trip for our family but it was awesome! Everyone was so nice and helpful. We were able to meet Andrea of the Rockford CVB and she was so nice! Thank you to Andrea and everyone in Rockford that we met with. We had a great time!
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