My day job is as a worship pastor. I have the privilege of working alongside a fantastic team of leaders and friends. Our team culture includes celebrating each other’s birthday. Each year we head out to Starved Rock State Park (a real gem of a place in the midst of the Midwestern plains) when my birthday celebration comes around. These images are some of what I saw today. Thanks for stopping by.
Just a couple of posts ago I was enjoying a beautiful sunrise… today the river is swollen after LOTS of rain last night.
South of the small downtown of Marseilles, main street goes over the Illinois River (the bridge on the right) just west of the Marseilles Lock and Dam (on the left.) The Illinois Waterway connects the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. This is one of a series of 8 locks, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, that control water flow from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River system.
We are having an unusually warm December… the I & M Canal seems to be quietly waiting for winter to arrive…. I would rather see the warmer trend continue.
Had a wonderful week at band camp. I brought my phone, so I did not take many pictures, but I may post one or two this week. In the meantime, apparently I have already posted an image of Miss Doris, so this is, officially, the second image of this river boat and barge. Now that the flooding has receded the boats and barges are able to use the Illinois Waterway once again. Miss Doris 3 is coming soon.
You can read about the Illinois Waterway here. This is the lock and dam in Marseilles, IL. The recent rains that resulted in flood conditions made the river a loud, violent presence at this location.