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Aug 6, 2017 - Homeward Bound II

A bit of checking on the map and a bit of math showed me that if I stopped doing my lazy old timer driving and stepped it up a bit, I could get to DC while Tim was still there and see all three grandkids at the same time. As they get older, those chances will diminish so longer day driving, here I come. I arrived at a Cracker Barrel in Peoria, IL for the night after a bit more than 500 miles. Didn't know I had that in me.

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Apr 5, 2016 - Half-way to Peoria

Date: April 5, 2016 Weather: very windy, partly sunny Temperature: start 55º High 87º Wildlife count: Prairie Dogs, Pronghorn, Mule Deer, Jackrabbits, Cottontail Rabbit, Javelina Year List: 229 Birds: Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson’s Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Mockingbird, Greater Roadrunner, Scaled Quail, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Shoveler, Scissortail Flycatcher, Cattle Egret The call came at 6am, John’s Mom had died peacefully in her sleep around 4:30am. We were all packed and ready...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Burl Oak, Where is Goodfield IL Alex? and... the Zed's!

Burl Oak, which isnt even a town anymore, is the scene of the only original building on its historical site from Laura's childhood. It is the birthplace of Grace, but that's not important right now. Peoria. Much more attractive than expected. In fact, I should opine here that so many of the very small towns with old timey Main Streets were very cute and well preserved, some thriving. This is in contrast to our previous trip across further south. We didn't notice quite so much affluence along the southern states. Corn fields galore, of...

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Apr 18, 2015 - On the Rivers - Mississippi and Illinois

Leaving Amana, Buzz was fighting with the GPS (again!) so I just headed east as planned, when the sign up ahead said “pavement ends”. Again we were in trouble, but Buzz got us directed on the country roads back to where we started, and this time we figured we would use the interstate until we got ourselves situated. Our first planned stop was the Mississippi River Visitor Center in Rock Island, IL. This is located on Arsenal Island and is a major base for the Army Corps of Engineers. There are 2 bridges to cross over onto the island and we...

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Feb 20, 2015 - Fish Fry with Mom

Date: February 20, 2015 Weather: mostly cloudy, windy Temperature: start 5º High 22º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, Downey Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Bald Eagles (5), Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull Enjoyed a relaxing morning, completing any cleaning necessary and two loads of laundry. John watched a Cooper’s Hawk fly over the roof of...

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Feb 19, 2015 - House Cleaning

Date: February 19, 2015 Weather: sunny, very cold Temperature: start -2º High 14º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Cooper’s Hawk, House Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-tailed Hawk Today was cleaning day, and a house is a LOT bigger than our RV. However, together we got-r-done. Lunch was a hot bowl of French Onion Soup at Panera’s and I paired a cup of soup with a Caesar salad. Our excuse to go to Menards...

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Feb 18, 2015 - Lunch with Paul and Sandy

Date: February 18, 2015 Weather: windy, some blowing snow, bitterly cold Temperature: start 1º High 8º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downey Woodpecker, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Horned Lark, American Kestrel, European Starling, Eurasian-collared Dove, Canada Geese, American Crow, Red-tailed Hawk Around 9 am, we bundled up against the bitter cold and went again to chase a Snowy Owl. When we got close to Roanoke, the wind was blowing snow across the road and visibility...

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Feb 17, 2015 - Getting Mom out...

Date: February 17, 2015 Weather: sunny, cold, but bitter later with windchills Temperature: start 18º High 23º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Rock Pigeon, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, European Starling, Horned Lark, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, American Kestrel Following a delightful veggie/ham scramble for breakfast, we decided to engage in our first rare bird chase. It is been reported for almost a month that Snowy Owls have...

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Feb 16, 2015 - Visit to Terry Frazier RV

Date: February 16, 2015 Weather: misty sunshine Temperature: start 10º High 15º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Red-tailed Hawk (20), American Crow, American Robin, American Kestrel, Common Merganser (300 on Mississippi River), Rock Dove, Canada Geese (50), Mourning Dove, Mallard, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow After a delightful breakfast at Perkins by Northwoods, we traveled I-74 to Moline, picked up I-80 to Eldridge,...

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Feb 15, 2015 - A cold Sunday

Date: February 15, 2015 Weather: bitter cold Temperature: start 1º High 8º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Due to the extreme cold, we attended worship at Snyder Village from Willow Hill UMC. For lunch, we picked up Chinese take-out at the Cherry Tree shopping center in Washington. It was delicious. We spent the afternoon looking at pictures and sharing memories. It was close to 4 when we got home. Dinner was a little of the left-over Chinese, as neither of us were very hungry. It was an indoor day.

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Feb 14, 2015 - Valentine's Day

Date: February 14, 2015 Weather: bitter cold with extreme wind chills Temperature: start 28º High 7º temperatures dropped all day with high winds Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow With the howling winds and bitter cold, we decided the best thing to do today was to stay indoors, which is just what we did. We worked on getting my phone...

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Feb 13, 2015 - Visiting

Date: February 13, 2015 Weather: mostly cloudy Temperature: start 18º High 31º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 109 Birds: Northern Cardinal, House Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Blue Jays, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches Because we are in a house with a backyard, AND there are feeders which are attractive to birds, we participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count at a real backyard this year. The birds were fun to watch at the feeders. Today was a day for visiting. We met Lynn H. at Maple Lawn and visited...

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