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    Start Your Engines in Rock Island

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    Mile Markers’ Route 66 Road Trip

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    Outdoor Adventure in Giant City State Park


20 seven wonders -starved rock state park

Seven Wonders of Illinois: Starved Rock State Park

*Today’s post is part of a series of weekly posts focusing on the Seven Wonders of Illinois. As a reminder, be sure to take part in our Seven Wonders Photo Contest. Starved Rock was named one of the Seven Wonders …


21 art in your eye

Art In Your Eye

While waiting for an oil change the other day, I had some time to kill.  The gas station where I get my oil changed is near downtown Batavia, and so I had planned on just heading down a couple of …


22 Thank You Chicago

Thank You, Chicago!

What a whirlwind week it has been for Chicago and Illinois! I am currently writing from Frankfurt, Germany after being in Copenhagen for Friday’s 2016 Olympic announcement. It was an experience I will not soon forget, and I want to …



24 nature's encore

Nature's Encore

I was attending a band field show contest in Prophetstown when I captured this gorgeous sunset. The last band had just finished performing when the sun started peeking through the clouds to result in this picture, almost like nature’s encore …