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Wild or Tame

Posted: February 25, 2019 in Accommodations, birds, nature, Photography, wildlife

On a recent visit to Pere Marquette Lodge for a winter get-a-way I felt like I struck the eagle jackpot when I photographed two immature birds at Audubon Center at Riverlands. Always inspiring to see animals in the wild. The next day on a lark (sorry) we decided to stop by the nearby Treehouse Wildlife Center where, guess what, there were eagles!!! Got up close and personal. Seemed like a trifecta, a great winter overnight stay and two fun pictures.

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The depths of winter have us yearning for one or our favorite places – Valley View Hot Springs near Villa Grove, Colorado. Part of the Orient Land Trust, the Springs offer a rustic get-away in a delicate eco-sanctuary where you can free your mind, shed your clothes, and immerse yourself in nature.

What to do when it is 15 degrees?  Look for  a discount inn.  In this case the Pere Marquette Lodge, built by hand (by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s) the facility features a 50ft limestone fireplace, a terrace overlooking the scenic Illinois River, an indoor pool, and a restaurant.
Of course for cheap-skate moi, the cost is what sold me. The Throwback Eagle Package included a room for two, dinner for two (including a glass of wine), breakfast for two and a guided tour of eagle watching by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Price – a sweet Franklin (plus tax).

The perfect location for a photographer –Dover England.  18% gray (or is that grey) and a room with a view. Plus the window begs to be “instagrammed”. I’m just glad it is Paul and not me.

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Paul is still cruising LA and he spent the night in the shadow of Randy’s Donuts… actually he awoke in the donut hole.

Carnal Knowledge

Posted: September 14, 2014 in Accommodations, Hotel, Motel, Safety, Transportation

IMG_6242.JPGLooking for relief from the drudgery of the great American desert drive? Paul knows better than to fall to the temptations of the Sonoran sirens (don’t you Paul?).

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Paul set out on a 66 day cross-USA photo safari in his 2003 Dodge van last year. The $4000 bargain now has 130,000 miles and is still running great. Gas mileage is better than the full-size vans he had in the past, with highway driving getting 22 mpg. Paul has spiffed it up with bedding, power inverter, and other hidden goodies. Mega-trip number two starting this month!  John on the other hand is a whore to fashion (!!!???) with his three-letter black convertible.

Two for the Road

Posted: August 6, 2014 in Accommodations, Hotel, Motel
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How many years did it take me to figure out the minimum stay rule. Make a reservation for at least two nights, never one.  I know, you are blasting across country and can’t afford the time for another night — perhaps.  If you are a Priceline junkie you can often extend your stay an extra night for the uber low price you negotiated with a click of the mouse (swipe of the pad)? Do the math. Add up the time wasting unload, re-load, re-road and  you soon see that one-plus-one equals more than two.