My most valued possession is my family. Even if you are living in a box
somewhere, and you have the love and support of your family, you will always be
wealthy. Love really is all you need. From love, great things will emerge. From
your thoughts, you can create greatness.This is what I need to remind
myself of everyday to be the best person that I can be. Live your life with
gratitude. Be thankful for all that you have everyday, even if it is your eyes
to see or your ears to hear or your feet to walk or your hands to create.
Understand your place in this Universe; how infinitesimally small you are, but
how huge a contribution your Spirit is. Don't wear blinders to the world around
you, you're not the only one here. Be kind, considerate, don't be judgmental,
love others, and yourself. Know that you are perfect inside; that you are

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My scenic drive and a town that time forgot

Well, I didn't get the photos I promised on the day I said, I got rained out. So we drove out last evening after some errands. I took the route (mostly) that I take home from work everyday. The only thing I missed a picture of is the Piasa Bird and caves. I'll get those soon. Anyway, I snapped these while traffic was slow and then we drove on down the road a few minutes to historic Elsah. I'm so glad we did...we haven't driven through Elsah in a while, and it is such a treat, especially this time of year.

This is The Great River Road

A side route to a main road we take...

And here is Elsah. This town was was founded in the 19th century and still reflects that time today. There are tours and events that still take place today. You can find more information here. The homes are lived in by regular folks, and Noah and I had a very close friends who owned a home here for quite a while. It is a lovely little village, I hope you enjoy this little tour...

 The pre-civil war gate lodge (1894), a wonderful place to sit and read, don't you think?

The ruined ice house (1865)

The Keyser-Read-Holt house (1850's)

The street markers

The Keller-Teatz house

Elsah school (1857)

This was all in someones back yard, right at the base of the bluffs, and right off the road.

Methodist Church (1874)

Village Hall (1887)

I hope you had fun on that little trip to the far past. I would love to live here, but I'll have to settle for visits. It's just small enough to walk the whole village and that would make for a lovely fall afternoon. Add a picnic and there you go, a wonderful relaxing day!

Well, Noah and I will be off Friday morning. It's our 10th anniversary and we'll be beginning our long drive to the beautiful Smoky Mountains. I'll have loads of pictures to share, and who knows, maybe we'll drop a post to say hi while we're relaxing in the mountains. This is our first vacation alone...ever. We never had a honeymoon, and we've only been on two family vacations, so this is pretty special, especially after everything that has happened over these past six months. I can't wait!

Have a great week, weekend, and a WONDERFUL Halloween!


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