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a2z: The letter is 'G' for Get-Away!

We haven't had time to GET-AWAY in a long time. Ed is working 14 hour days. When he is home it's because it is raining. 

But...this was a holiday weekend and it was sunny! With not a lot of time or money to be had we took a day trip to the southern end of Illinois. 

We stopped here. It's my first ever covered bridge. 

 I was able to make a panoramic photo for the first time too using photoshop elements 9.

 It's rained a lot here in Illinois and the creek that goes under the 1854 Mary's River Covered Bridge in Chester, IL was rushing like a large river cascading over a cliff. 

 The bridge was originally a planked toll road between Breman and Chester (home of Popeye) and now it's historical place for a picnic. Except we didn't bring one!

Get-aways don't have to cost a lot and you don't have to go far. Exploring our state is fun and do-able in a day. 

For more a2z check out Patty Wysong's blog for links.

posted by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer


  1. I love covered bridges, in fact there is one in my Mariner Cove novels. Thanks for sharing Mary's River Covered Bridge. HugS!

  2. Glad for your Get Away! Those are always good. I love covered bridges, too. There are a few within an hour or so of us, and more if you go a bit farther. Hubby worked on one on a temporary job a few years ago. Nice post!

  3. Getaways are essential for mental health, IMHO!
    I don't know that I've ever seen a covered bridge out here in Colorado. We just have lots and lots of tunnels.
    Thanks for sharing your getaway!

  4. I love covered bridges, too. Sometimes the inexpensive getaways are the best!

  5. What a fun day for you! I love your photos, Diana.

    We live near many covered bridges, and enjoy them and their history.

    Bless you,

  6. I love covered bridges! I wondered if that was the Chester bridge. Sweet. =]