Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Old Man Winter Is Raining On My Parade!

Yesterday we went for another relaxing scenic drive, but it rained all day! And it is freezing! People have winter coats on. What the hell! It is October, not January! So anyway, we went to Alton, because the drive along the river and the bluffs are very pretty. And it isn't all that far away. Also, Bob has a customer that we stopped in to see there. I got to see all of his hard work being used by the operators. The owner of the company was very nice and charming. It was a pleasant experience for us. They love Bob...(me too) . My hubbie is very talented and an honest, hard working, kind person. He should be a millionaire if that is how a person gets to be a millionaire. But, we all know that is not how it works.

I never get tired of looking at this Clark Alton Bridge. There is something fascinating to me about bridges. Maybe it is just knowing how difficult it must be to build them. I enjoy looking at well made structures. The last structure I watched being erected was an addition on to a building where I worked. They brought in these huge pre-made concrete walls and although I am sure those were cost effective in the labor fees, etc....I appreciate things that are made by hand. Every single little brick and mortar or carving. I don't know the entire story of the construction of this bridge, but one site that describes it can be found by clicking on the first sentence of this paragraph where you see Clark Alton Bridge. The article says that they built it to be earthquake resistant. I am not sure what that means exactly, but I have a feeling that there are very few things that can withstand an earthquake.

We have been to this area many times over the years and for some reason never knew that there is a small area dedicated to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate that was held on this spot. Bob has a fair amount of books about Lincoln so we had to go check it out. Here he is debating with them. I don't think they were listening though.

We took the country roads back and I got to see some horses and some cows. All and all it was a very nice day.


Patty said...

Sounds like you had a nice little mini trip. It's been very chilly here all day, rainy and damp. I wish these were Spring rains and not Fall rains. I'm just not ready for Winter. And for some reason it seems to take forever for Spring to roll back around.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hey Brenda,

Yes, the weather has been way too cool for too long, and especially for this time of the year. My weather radio says we're having November weather in October this year. I just hope that doesn't mean an early, very cold, very long winter! The weekend is suppossed to be chilly, but a warm-up is in the forecast for next week.

What great pictures. Love the bridge. I figured out that that is not Alton, MO, which is about 60 miles from me. Haha. Must be Alton, Illinois, right? It looks like your mini-trip was very nice, despite the rainy weather. Have a great Thursday!



PS. You sound so proud when you write about your husband, which is very nice!

The Bug said...

Looks like a fun trip, despite the rain. Dr. M would be interested in Alton - he's a 19th century historian (or I guess I should say a historian of the 19th century so you don't think he's 200 years old!).

Yes, I am VERY resentful of the fact the it's practically winter in October. See, I was right to be sad about Autumn arriving!

The Crusty Crone said...

The rainy season has arrived in my area, too.

Enjoyed seeing the views with you.

Anonymous said...

There's so much history here! What a neat place

Anonymous said...

I see lots of Abraham Lincoln things. The trip sounds nice to me too.

Sandy said...

Enjoyed your pics and reading about your day out. Bob reminds me of Mike, kind of fun to go out with.

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Clifford   1994 to 2009
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