It’s a sultry, hot Sunday in the Midwest. I am still thinking of my recent tour of the Illinois River in America’s Heartland.
The views from the Heartland are decidedly different from those of the big cities like Chicago. The landscape is wide open skies, cliffs and hills and the large, long Illinois River.
Travel along the river is at the speed of barges, fishing boats and canoes with a languid ease. I’d like to invite you to relax and ride along on a river tour with me.
The tour begins:
Illinois River Bridge
Pelican in flight
In the water’s wake.
It is white bass season when the lilacs bloom. Men fish off the banks of the river.
The Starved Rock Lock & Dam provides hydroelectric energy to the area.
The LaSalle Barge and Crane Barge operate on the river.
The Illinois River rose sixteen feet and flooded the area in 1982. The John M. Warner towboat was wrecked during the flood. Parts of the towboat were salvaged and are on display at the Illinois River Visitor’s Center.
Warner Towboat Light
Starved Rock at Starved Rock State Park
Why not just add water for summer? Try the Illinois River or a lake or ocean by you for waterside fun. Safe travels.