When most people pass through the Prairie State, they take a snooze. Miles and miles of pancake-flat corn and soybean fields tend to have that effect. But not for me. For me Illinois has always been a place full of tremendous natural beauty. From the stormy shores of Lake Michigan, to the golden-green prairies, to the wooded hills of Shawnee, I've always loved my home state.
But life is full of changes, and now I'm making a very exciting one. A week ago, I packed everything I own into a rental truck and drove halfway across the country. I crossed the mighty Mississippi and said a last farewell to her muddy waters. I slid past Iowa's peaceful green hills. I passed through Nebraska's wide grasslands and, finally, into Wyoming, where the high plains greeted me with a gust of cool wind.
So here I am now, living in the mountains of western Wyoming and loving it. Next week I'll start posting about local issues here, but for those of you who've been following me in Illinois, I thought I'd make one last post about the great Land of Lincoln. Here are some of the faces and places that I have enjoyed. I hope you'll enjoy them, too.
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1) Savannah Springs: tlindenbaum/Flickr
2) Wolf, Prairie Wildlife Park, Peoria: Todd Ryburn/Flickr
3) Starved Rock State Park: anneh632/Flickr
4) Box turtle: tlindenbaum/Flickr
5) Golden fields: Blue Jay Day/Flickr
6) Chinquapin Bluffs lotus: tlindenbaum/Flickr
7) McClean County frost: tlindenbaum/Flickr
8) Deer crossing: Jason Sturner 72/Flickr
9) Nuthatch: tlindenbaum/Flickr
10) Sunrise over Vernon Hills: Donnaphoto/Flickr
11) Chicago: me and the sysop/Flickr