Hi all, I finally went through all the pictures, it was hard to pick which ones to share but here they are. We drove along the Mississippi, looking for Eagles, yes we saw a couple but they were too far away to get pictures. Then the Mississippi and the Illinois rivers split and we drive the rest of the way along the Illinois river.
Before heading up to the snow covered trees we went down to the docks at Pere Marquette and checked out the birds that hang out down there. I have not looked up what kind of birds these are, we have to stay far away because they are all very nervous and fly away by any sudden noises or movement.
This first one was sitting on the dock, I was able to get a few pictures of him before he was scared by some people walking up and talking loud, then the poor thing tried to land and it is ice and he did a little dive.
This next one was even farther away, and he didn't stay around long either.
After they were gone we went up to the park, to take the drive up the mountain and they had a closed sign, we think it is because there are some very steep hills and it is windy with no guards, if you slip you are going down the mountain. So we went out and started driving back when hubby remembered a back way to get into the park so we took the back roads and finally found the back entrance and that was not closed so we headed in and were not disappointed we found our snow covered trees :)
I just love the sun shining through the trees.
We were coming around a bend in the road and this is the first thing we saw, this snowman so happy to see us :)
The sun was starting to set so we thought we better make our way back down the hill, hubby stopped in the middle of the road so I took this picture out the front windshield.
We made it down to Grafton Illinois by the time the sun was glowing on the river so we stopped and got these pictures of the sunset.
I like how this last one shows the bit of ice that was along the shore, breaking up but still glistening in the sunset.
I hope you enjoyed our little drive we took, it was great to get out and drive along the river again!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,