Fox River Bed and Breakfast
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... had a conversation with Jim about the mascot of OHIO. We all know it is the buckeye. But a friend of mine from OH-IO (Shout out to Barb Hart) told me that it is a poisonous nut and Jim thought it was a pretty flower. Well that made me LOL! Travel continued into Indiana. And low and behold DF number two for the day happened. Dad insisted that we will NOT being going up by Chicago. Boo! It was extreme. We decided that no matter what we did he would NOT know because he is ...
... occupying the Koster Site during the Archaic and Woodland Periods (5000BC-1000AD). This was followed by the Pre-Columbian Mississippian Culture c800-1500AD. This culture was marked by a variety of chiefdoms, the largest being at Cahokia, Illinois. Cahokia could be called an early town with its platform (over 100), burial mounds, plaza (over 50 acres in size) and cedar woodhenge. The wood-henge looks like it tracked celestial events. The ...
... in Ottawa's history.
We walked back to their "historic" area with Greek Revival, Italianate and Gothic Revival villas. We went into the renovated Reddick Mansion (set back from the road). The Reddicks emigrated from Ireland c 1814 and young William became a glass blower, then by 1835 had made enough money to move to Ottawa and begin an interest in politics, serving as a Senator. In 1855 he commissioned his mansion, building and furnishing it ...
... has separate male and female flowers on different parts of the plant (dioecious). The buoyant seeds are filled with latex sap and smell a little of citrus- hence the name. It is actually part of the mulberry family!
After our ride it was lunch time and on our way back we spotted a busy diner which was a good sign. It turned out to be an all you can eat buffet with all sorts of different types of food including some ...
... swim (indoor pool) before dinner.
All the canyons and points in the park are related to the area (e.g. La Salle was an early settler, Hennepin is a local landmark, St.Louis was the first fort built here, Kaskaskia was a local tribe, Tonty or Tonti was an Italian explorer).
The Illinois River is the main tributary of the Mississippi, connecting the Great Lakes with the Gulf of Mexico and is 273 miles long. It has a large dam ...