A getaway for the day was in order and during the week there is less traffic than on the weekends. My faux patina painting is started and will be finished soon. Galena Illinois was chosen because it is hilly and the trees should be blazing in color. Unfortunately the red and yellow trees were not in abundance. A rather disappointing venture for photography but I got some good shots regardless. We took the long way to get there by using the back roads instead of the main highway. It proved to be quite interesting showing off the landscape with farmland in harvest pictured below and neat old barns like the one pictured above.
As we got closer to Galena we were approaching the Mississippi River and the landscape was getting hilly. Farms were geared more to cattle and horses with less crop growth.
We finally arrived on Main Street in Galena and parked the car in the first paid lot because there were no free parking spaces nearby. It was nearly a 3-hour trip getting here and since it was lunch time and we were hungry, we stopped at the first café we came across.
Oh yes, this area is a tourist trap with lots of art, knickknack, and clothing shops with a few restaurants and bars thrown in. There are quite a few Victorian style B&B’s and hotels in the area to stay overnight in.
I took a few street shots with my Olympia Tough. You can see it was a long row of shops and no place to park. And of course a good sized town would of course have its own brewery!
The brewery offered tours, gifts, and beer samples of course. We decided to stop off at one shop for old fashioned ice cream. I had a Cherry Rum that was really flavorful for only 2 ½ bucks. We also stopped by at the cannery shop to pick up some apple cider donuts. Six for $5.50. Yum!
We decided to head back home without stopping at the Grant house and take the main highway so that we won’t get hung up in Chicago rush hour traffic. On the way back I took one last set of pictures of the landscape which I stitched together. As you can see the trees were not poppin’ with a lot of color.