One of our favorite getaway places is Starved Rock State Park and we are definite repeat offenders at their lodge. Usually though we visit in winter and last weekend was our first time ever staying over night when the trees still had some leaves. Based on photos hanging in the lodge of past fall displays, the colors were a bit muted this year due to the drought. Far worse was the effect the drought and climate change has had on the apple crop. On the way to the lodge we stopped at an orchard only to find out that the apples were decimated by the warm 2011 March which caused everything to bud early. A severe frost then came in and wiped out a lot of apples. The drought did not help any. But the people we talked to were optimistic about next year. They also had a lot of kittens running around which made for a happy Henna. Hope everyone enjoys the photos.
By the way, does anybody out there in Cyberland have any good information for us on the Gulf Shores area in Alabama? What about the gulf side of Florida? We are planning our winter trip and could use some ideas.