Posted on May 8, 2020 Updated on May 9, 2020
My buddy Ray is from Illinois. He routinely returns to visit family and his girlfriend, Gloria. Sharing some lovely photos from Alton.
Addendum: I had to correct a credit. Thanks, Gloria. ~Vic
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I like the top pic Vic with that red blending in…really cool.
These are great. I texted Gloria and asked if I could post with credit. She was very happy. Alton is the lowest, lowest left corner of Illinois. Across the river is Missouri. Ray travels home about twice a year. He’s been living in NC for 30 years. Wound up here due to the Navy.
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That picture really caught my attention…
So he only sees her twice a year? That is a strong relationship.
Well, she comes here, too. So, technically, they visit four times a year…two there and two here. And, sometimes, they meet in the middle. They met in Georgia a couple of years ago and wandered all over the state. She has family down there.
They are cute together.
Ok that makes sense… That is cool.
They were high school chums but, never dated. He had a life in the Navy and she was a schoolteacher. Now, they are both retired. Well…Ray is semi-retired.
That is a long time to know someone.
Well, it’s generational. They were blocks away from each other and parents were buddies.
Actually Alton is mid state across the river from the St. Louis metropolitan area. I also need to beg off the photo credit for the bluffs with the fall foliage. I probably shared a tourism photo. The drive North up The Great River Road is spectacular at any season. Looking forward to seeing you the next time I visit your area! Gloria
OH!. I thought it was in the lower left corner. Oops.
I corrected the attribution to the top one.
Hope to see you, soon.
You are probably thinking of Cairo. The last time I was there it made gone downhill really bad. I had gone down there with a team of teachers and principals from Alton and a couple of State people to do a training for accelerated schools. I should go back and see if they have had any luck with revitalization. Gloria
Gloria responded, below. It’s not in the left corner. It’s due north of St. Louis, across the river.
Well it’s an awesome photo all the same!
Aaannnd, it isn’t her photo. LOL! It was part of a series of photos from another guy in the area that she shared on FB and Ray sent to me. I fixed the credit.
I looked at more of the guys stuff. He has some stunning pieces.
I know lol….I read her response…it is still awesome! If she is reading….It’s still awesome Gloria regardless.
I like the others also. The backwater one looks cool
She might return now that she knows I blog. She even mentioned doing more pieces on Alton.
That is cool. I would have had to pick that one….like I said…I like the backwater one…and The Clark Bridge. Anything that is set against light or dark
The backwater area is close to dry right now. Army Corps of Engineers raises and lowers water levels by using the locks in the dam. They do their best to prevent floods but Mother Nature often wins. I’ve talked to two friends who live near the Illinois River which feeds into the Mississippi just North of Alton. They have minor flooding now. More water is coming due to heavy rains and snow melt up North. Wish us luck.
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I around 5 miles from a dam but where I am we don’t have trouble thank goodness.
Flooding is terrible. We went through it bad in 2010 in Nashville…I’ve seen the destruction it can cause. I do wish you all the best.
So wonderful! America is amazingly beautiful. Stay safe and well.
They are wonderful shots. Gloria & Ray did well.
Hope you are well and safe, too! ❤
WOW! What a fun tour. I love the food pantry idea and all those amazing sunset/rise photos!
I wouldn’t mind visiting there, myself. I’ve never been to Illinois.
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