Sunday, October 26, 2008

Just blowin' in the wind!

We left Elkhart Campground around 8:30 this morning and headed north to Michigan 12. We drove west and eventually got to I-57 in Illinois fighting wind all the way. It was quite strong, but not strong enough to make us afraid of continuing the journey.

When we were traveling in Indiana and were heading south on US 431 near the Pulaski-Jasper wildlife refuge, we saw recently harvested fields. The fields themselves were not unusual, but there were dozens of Sandhill Cranes! They are an endangered species and we have a half dozen or so that hang around the fields close to the Elkhart Campground. Every once in a while, they do a fly over. They have a very distinctive "call" which distinquishes them from the geese. Seeing a field of them, however, was very special. We actually stopped on the highway (NO TRAFFIC) briefly so I could get a couple shots. They were quite far away, but I think you can get the idea of the numbers by looking at the pictures.

We are stopped for the night at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, at the Quality Times Campground, a little dumpy, but adequate for overnight. Tomorrow we head for Carothersville, Missouri, at the casino for the night.

Till next time. . .


1 comment:

Ward said...

I didn't know they have so many Cranes in Indiana. Cool!