Midwest Getaways

Illinois Beach State Park
and Illinois Beach Resort

The beach at Illinois Beach State Park, near Zion's nuclear plant

Hiking the Dead River Trail

Joe Pye-weed


Flowering Spurge

Donna takes a closer look

Donna Keaton and I decided to spend the weekend at the Illinois Beach Resort at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. The resort is deluxe, with a pool, jacuzzi, large rooms with balconies, a good restaurant with an al fresco deck overlooking the lake. Besides that we had access to all the nature trails along the river, through the dunes, and to birdwatching at the ponds and wildflower-gazing in the prairies.

Along the Dead River

Button Blazing Star

Prairie swell and swale

The Dead River is a cloud and sky-mirror


A perfect afternoon at the beach for sunbathing (or perhaps kayaking)

After hiking the Dead River Trail, we turned our attention to the beach.
On Sunday morning we went birdwatching at 8 a.m. with Bill, the park naturalist.

The beach was nearly empty--the day was perfectly marvelous, in the 70's

We looked for birds at the north beach area

We saw wood-duck, teal, red knot, mallards, kingfisher

The deck where we ate and painted

The View from the deck

Donna painted the view

My favorite place at the park--the river

Another nice spot

The pool was perfect for exercising

Flowers on the outside of the resort and

flowers on the inside.

I used to visit Illinois Beach State Park in my camper-- I still can camp--at the Resort.


The new Milwaukee Art Museum
which we visited to see the Leonardo and the Spirit of Poland
as guest of my St. Mary's classmate, Betty McGlynn

Normally the museum's wings are down.

With Betty McGlynn

At noon (or on sunny days) they spread open

Clouds move in; down they come.

A Dale Chihuly

A painting from the show

The gift shop was designed by the same architect as the museum.

Inside is like the belly of the white whale

Betty enlightened Gerda Schild and Jane Pugh are enlightened on the museum's history.

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