Pardon me if I take this opportunity to post another picture of our grandson. Last week we had a wonderful time with Nathan and his mother, and being in a small motor home with a toddler is no problem at all! He adjusted well, as long as we let him have the run of the place. He certainly was not willing to let us have our space, how quickly he learned to hop on our bed when it came to bedtime reading!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It has been at least several years since we have made a fall trip to this part of Illinois. Melissa, our daughter, wanted her son Nathan to experience apple picking so it was important to make the trip. It was also fun for John and I now to visit the orchards with a grandson! From where we are parked in St.Charles it is just a matter of driving a short distance and crossing the Mississippi River and Illinois River by ferry.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
We have not seen everything here in southern Illinois! When we heard that there was to be a Popeye festival in Chester this past week-end, we knew we had to be there. Our curiosity got the better of us- will the festival celebrate Popeye or spinach? Maybe there will be some new culinary delight like fried spinach on a stick?
Monday, September 7, 2015
Yes, I have been a bit delinquent on writing, we were in Stillwater a week ago. Now we are in Carbondale, and there has not been a free moment since we have arrived here. Our grandson Nathan is 18 months old, very active and too cute to ignore for very long!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
As usual, we did not fully know what we were going to see when visited Pipestone National Monument. I thought it would be some memorial of a pile of rocks, certainly not expecting to see 50 quarries of various sizes, and an absolutely beautiful prairie! Two centuries ago Minnesota had 18 million acres tall grass prairie, today the remaining prairie is less than 1% of its original acreage. Elk and buffalo provided meat, clothing and tools for the Plains Indians. Plants of the prairie provided medicine and food. The first botanist in 1838 found 100 different plant species, currently the number is 300.