Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Finally...Beautiful Summer Days!

     We finally have been able to enjoy summer the past few days. The horrible heat is gone (I hope for good) and the weather has been perfect. The sky has been a beautiful shade of blue all week long! We had this strange looking visitor a few days ago. We thought it was some unusual bird, but since have come to think it is a sick cardinal. The blue head is simply missing the feathers I guess.

On Sunday, we took a drive along the Great River Road.

It was the perfect day for a road trip.

Driving into Alton, IL you are greeted by this beautiful mural.

It always surprises me how we can drive for 2 hours
and see such a different landscape than we have where we live.  

     A trip to the Alton/Grafton area has to include a visit to Fast Eddies Bon Air for a few 29 cent shrimp, burgers and homemade brats for under $1 and tons of atmosphere!

We like to stop in Grafton to visit a few shops.

You never know what you might find on a side street somewhere!
(Click on this picture to enlarge it, please)

I am joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday and
Laura @ Decor to Adore for Wayfaring Wednesday.
Please visit our hostesses.


Jocelyn said...

Beautiful pictures. The sky is gorgeous!

Decor To Adore said...

Hi Sue,

I have corrected the glitch in the inlinkz tool. I am sorry to say that I have to ask you to relink. :( I apologize for any inconvenience.
How beautiful your fairly local scenery is. :)

xinex said...

How pretty! I can imgaine how beautiful your weather is at this time of the year, Sue. Here, it is still very hot...Christine

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
Oh I am enjoying this Wednesday ~ sunny and soooo lovely!
Glad to see you're filling your summer days with joyful moments ♥ Maria

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for the tour - enjoyed seeing your pictures. I guess that is one way to recycle old toys. :-D That looks like a fun place to eat. Low 90's here this week - better than what it has been.

Lynn said...

Looks like you had a fun day Sue, love the diner:@)

J Rodney said...

What a beautiful day Sue, I love your photos. We still have it VERY hot in South Florida, but the boys and I just came back from the park.

bj said...

Same here. We can get outside without totally melting now. Fall is in the air..
Love your photos and love even more that ya'll had such a good time.:)

The Boston Lady said...

I love that truck! At first I thought it had encountered some very messy birds! LOL. What a lovely day you had. Thanks for sharing. Ann

Sarah said...

Fun way to spend a Sunday. Thanks for taking us along.

Terri said...

What a fun trip! Two hours trips are just right, not too long in the car, but enough distance to change the scenery.
That truck is really fun!

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Lovely post. I hope you are well.

E. Charlotte said...

Fun Photos! I too love how in MT you can drive for a few hours and see a totally different type of landscape. Keeps it interesting!

Jenny said...

I am so charmed by these pictures! It looks like a lovely place to live Miss Sue.

Angie said...

Lovely pictures, Sue! It is quite amazing what you'll find on mini road trips :)