Road Trip Photos

We traveled a route I’d never taken before, and part of it was on the Great River Road. It was pretty incredible and included lots of curvy roads and hills that pass for mountains here. I plan to retrace this route come spring/summer; I think it will be very beautiful then.

Considering the leaves were off the trees and a lot of the grass had turned brown, it was still pretty. At a roadside park somewhere in Iowa, we pulled over so Suki could pee and I took this photo. The tower was apparently built for birds. Yeah, birds. Great sky though, don’t you think?

In a town named Rickardsville, we drove on top of the world, with the hills falling off on both sides. On the way south, I didn’t stop. I just gawked while trying to stay on the road. On the way back, despite horrific cold winds and freezing temps, I parked and stepped out to take photos. This first one is the view to the west. It’s a panorama of three photos, processed and cropped for the blog. The original is HUGE. Click to see it enlarged.

This second photo from that area was a two-shot pano. Again, it was cropped.

This spot was unbelievably breathtaking. If it hadn’t been so damn cold, I’d have taken many more photos.

Friday, more pictures from the trip!


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12 Responses to Road Trip Photos

  1. The bird tower photo is so stark and lovely.

  2. suze294 says:

    Great bird tower photo, as you say, the sky makes it. The other too look like crisp winter weather not freezing and windy – and to me, perhaps the most British like that I’ve seen of your corner of the world – ususally its all different but the two landscapes are almost familiar

  3. Isa says:

    Nice pics. I did a similar trip down to Hannibal, MO many years ago and loved driving through the small towns along the river. Glad you were able to get away even if it wasn’t the original plan.

    • We’re still planning the NC trip, but it probably won’t happen until next year. Both of us are busy with stuff right now. And yeah, it was great to get away, even to St Louis. It’s nice to experience a location different from home. Kind of wakes you up!

  4. HBIC says:

    Those are great pics of beautiful areas – everything seems a lot more open there. Here even the small hills are usually tree-covered (those that haven’t been cleared, leveled, and built upon), and the open areas are flat.

    • It’s open there because it’s being farmed or grazed. Other areas are nothing but trees. Wisconsin is an unusual state. It has rather low population except in a few large cities, and so there is plenty of space. I’ve ridden back roads in western Wisconsin for hours and not seen one person. It’s amazing.

      • HBIC says:

        That sounds so nice; there may be a few places around here (and by “around here” I mean about 2 hours away) where you could drive for 5 minutes and not see anyone, but that’s about it. Of course, I bitch about the crowds, but I’d probably bitch about the loneliness if I lived in the boonies, so what do I know?

  5. Lindsaysf says:

    Awesome sky shot!! Unfortunately Hitchcock ruined me – the tower just makes me think of The Birds.

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