Autumn in Chicago, After the Storm

After the StormView down MonroeTall and TallerSkyline Chicago

Just moments earlier the powerful storms that raked central Illinois up through the southern edges of the Chicago area raced through the city. In the aftermath pedestrians were dodging puddles, the clouds raced by as if in a time-lapse movie, and the trees were stripped of all but the most tenacious of the fall foliage.

Impromptu: Farnsworth House, Plano Illinois

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After a morning of errands I came home to find the spouse watching one of the regular rotation of public television pledge programs, this one on the communities of the Fox River valley. As someone who spent most of her youth growing up in one of the small towns along the Fox, I got sucked right in with him and watched the rest of the show revisiting the histories of some familiar places and learning new things along the way. The show wrapped up near Plano and the architectural gem, Farnsworth House.

We’d talked about visiting previously but had never got around to it but resolved to do so soon. I picked up the laptop to check out tour information and discovered that there was an open tour this very day at 3:00. After a fast few moments of “Can we get there in time?” dithering, the verdict was yes, the tickets bought, the house locked up, and off we went!

The day was lovely and as we were the last group of the day it was a leisurely tour. Impromptu and perfect!

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Death Valley Panoramas

No matter where you drive in Death Valley, an amazing view awaits you.

White Rock

White Rock by Petirrojo
White Rock, a photo by Petirrojo on Flickr.

The past five days I’ve spent exploring some of the wilderness areas around Las Vegas, including the Red Rock Canyon. Everywhere you turn there is one beautiful vista after another. This one is from the White Rock area on the Scenic Loop drive.