Minocqua Boathouses

It may have been the railroad that brought the first tourists to the island city of Minocqua in the early 1900s, but it’s the boats that keep them coming back. Whether it’s a fishing adventure, a run on the boards (water skis, In Northwoods parlance), or a sunset cruise with refreshments, visitors expect to getContinue reading “Minocqua Boathouses”

Sunrise on North Bay

North Bay is a small, shallow body of water on the the northern tip of Door County, Wisconsin. The shallow water provides scenic texture to the beautiful scene looking out over Lake Michigan. This is a great area to watch sunrises and for kayaking.

Bond Falls After the Storm

Bond Falls is in the western U.P. on Bond Falls Rd, east of Pauding MI. This is the most impressive waterfall in Michigan with the possible exception of Tahquamenon Falls. The main drop is 40 feet high and 100+ feet wide. Above the main falls are a series of cascades and rapids that must drop a totalContinue reading “Bond Falls After the Storm”

Chaumette

Chaumette is one of Missouri’s many  wonderful wineries. They have a nice selection of their own wines in addition to a great kitchen serving lunch and dinners. Sit on their porch for an unending view of the Ozarks low rolling hills. If you do not want to drive home after a nice dinner, stay inContinue reading “Chaumette”

St. Louis Art Museum

One of St. Louis’ top cultural attractions is their art museum. Here is the museum with St. Louis’ namesake, King Louis IX, looking over Forest Park’s Grand Basin. Louis IX, commonly known as Saint Louis or Louis the Saint, is the only King of France to be canonized in the Catholic Church. Louis was crownedContinue reading “St. Louis Art Museum”

Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks State Park can be found outside of Ironton, MO in the Ozarks. This outcropping of pink granite was once part of a quarry and is now a park where you can wander around the park and see the ancient worn boulders. The outcropping raises above the treetops providing a spectacular view.

19th Century Marvel

Eads Bridge, built in 1861, provides transportation across the Mississippi River by car, foot or rail. The bridge itself made St. Louis the true gateway to the west but the engineering techniques developed in the building of the bridge led to engineering marvels that created the Hoover Dam, Panama Canal and development of our westernContinue reading “19th Century Marvel”

Night time on the riverfront

The St. Louis riverfront featuring the Gateway Arch and the Eads Bridge. The City of St. Louis is connected to Illinois by an array of bridges. South of the city is the Popular Street Bridge, then, moving north, the Eads Bridge, MLK Bridge, Musial Bridge, MicKinley Bridge and, further north, the Chain of Rocks Bridge.Continue reading “Night time on the riverfront”

Lemonade Stand

This is one of my favorite photos from Historic St. Charles, Missouri. The main street of St. Charles is lined with the original 18th Century homes and storefronts, all well maintained. This is a little hidden area behind the shops and contains this welcoming patio and the entrance to a large antique shop.