grafton: Winter Delights at Pere Marquette State Park - 01/11/09 04:27 PM
A visit to Pere Marquette State Park along the Illinois River is another great winter activity in our part of Southwestern Illinois. 
Named after the French Jesuit missionary -- Pere Jacques Marquette who traveled down the Mississippi with mapmaker Louis Joliet in 1673 to look for a passage to the Pacific Ocean -- the lodge was built as part of the government's Civilian Conservation Corps projects in the 1930s.
Its massive wooden beams and gorgeous native stonework are a delight for lodge design lovers.
Surrounding the structure are 8,000 acres of beautiful, forested land rolling with hiking trails and a driving route that climbs high … (1 comments)

grafton: Eagle Watching in Alton, Illinois - 01/11/09 03:30 PM
January is one of the greatest months on the calendar here in Southwestern Illinois.
Ok, I can hear you. "Nancy, are you crazy? It's cold. Sometimes it snows or ices. Christmas is over and Mardi Gras isn't here yet. There's nothing good about January, so what the heck are you talking about?"
I'm talking about the eagles, my friends.
American Bald Eagles makes their winter home here on the Mississippi River. They build massive nests in the tall trees near the Father of Waters and spend the days fishing and gliding on air currents above the tall limestone bluffs. There's nothing like … (0 comments)

grafton: Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway - 07/19/08 05:43 PM
If you're new to my territory, St. Louis' Illinois suburbs including Madison County and surrounding areas, you might not know about one of the most beautiful places on Earth -- the stretch of highway called the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton, Illinois.
The scenic drive along the Mississippi River also goes by the grand name of Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. This is where the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers come together, giving those of us lucky enough to live here stunning views and amazing recreational opportunities.
Describing everything to see and do from Alton to Grafton … (1 comments)

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