For the second year in a row Mark and I made a winter weekend at the
Lodge our Christmas gift to each other. We think it's a great gift. The stresses of the holidays are over and it's our time to get away to the lake and peace and tranquility of the Ozark hills. There's something nice about being holed up at the Lodge on a cold winter day and we kind of like the fact it’s nearly empty in January. The Lodge of the Four Seasons is a cool place with a 70s feel to it. Its accommodations are a bit outdated but that seems to be part of its charm. Whether we stay inside the
whole weekend or venture outdoors Mark and I simply like being there, so
much so that we’re planning to make it our Christmas gift to each other every year.
Sunday was a great day to walk across the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Nice fall weather, a little sunshine, and two happy dogs. This great old bridge has seen a lot of history in its time. From its opening in 1929 to becoming part of the renowned Route 66 in 1936 to the site of a film by John Carpenter in 1980 to a tragic rape and murder of two sisters in 1991. For me, it's a bridge that evokes many feelings, memories of childhood, and memories of later times with my dad, and the one thing I always feel while crossing this bridge is an appreciation that it's still standing today. The bridge is now used for bicycling, dog walking, people walking, eagle watching, etc. Hopefully, it will stay around for a long long time to come, maybe even forever. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/chain_of_rocks_bridge_illinois_missouri.html