I am almost always awake long before The Mrs, and usually before the sunrises. Sometimes, The Mrs leaves me notes on the kitchen counter by the coffee pot because in my early morning routine I feed cats and make coffee right off. The notes could be information about something that occurred after I went to bed the night before, or a reminder about something important about to happen in the new day, or maybe a task or favor she would like for me to accomplish. So this morning there were 2 notes waiting for me.
This first was an informational note about someone who stayed up much later than she wanted to last night…
But the second was a stickie note next to her tea infuser with the command, “WATCH!!”. I watched that tea infuser for what must have been 20 minutes, but it did nothing… NOTHING AT ALL! So I am not sure what I was watching, but obviously I have already failed the day.
Seems like since we went on our hiking trip to Glacier National Park last month that we only slow down and stay at home long enough to do laundry and reacquaint ourselves with our cats… And so, I offer the following door from a quick return trip for us to Starved Rock State Park. We headed north to northern Illinois in order to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with my siblings. We went up a day early so we could go hiking at the park and stay overnight, making our drive the next day a quicker and less tiring event…
And so, here is a door that we found in the lobby of the Check-in desk at Starved Rock. This is an antique Finch Cage. Not sure when it was acquired and placed in the lobby, and I forgot to take a picture of the information card. Note: there are no birds housed in here anymore. So there it is… A Door For The Birds!!
More doors, whether for the birds or not, can be accessed by visiting Norm 2.0 HERE. Be sure to scroll down to his Comments section to see doors from around the world!!
Here is a great short video that discusses the Illinois State Police Museum located in Springfield, Illinois. Lots of planning now underway to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the ISP being officially formed on April 1, 1922.
In the video you will see a few of the display boards, and if you look for the one with a uniform patch on a sleeve surrounded by the stars and rank insignias, you will see some of my handiwork while I was assigned to the ISP Academy… I will keep posting updates of preparations for the celebrations as they finalize…
The first patrol vehicles issued to the Illinois State Police Highway Patrol Officers were WW1 US Army surplus Harley Davidson motorcycles. Each motorcycle was eventually equipped with a sidecar. The pictures below show an Auto-Lite carbide headlight, similar to the one on the surplus Harleys’ “light system”.
On April 1, 2022, the Illinois State Police will mark 100 years of serving the people of the the State of Illinois. Celebrations, commemorations, activities, publications, and such are already in the planning stages, and some in actual process.
One thing, I would recommend you watch a video that is posted on the Homepage of their website. It is titled, “Not Forgotten…” It is a moving video about the Foundation’s work to build a Memorial to the Fallen Illinois State Police Officers, and includes interviews with family members of a few of the Fallen.
I point this out because The Mrs posted a photo (a FANTASTIC photo) of a female Garden Spider resting in the center of her orb at the back of our house! This kindled fond memories of my Advanced Biology class my senior year in high school when one of my projects was the overwinter nurturing of an Araneus diadematus egg sac. One early spring morning I stopped into the biology lab and my corner of the lab was COVERED in a mob of tiny little spiderlings! I collected as many as I could and carried them outside to a courtyard. Many opted to stay inside, where they and their offspring happily lived for many generations… much to the dismay of the school janitorial staff and arachnophobes alike.
Since this IS on the internet, what is a photo posting without a little bit of spider porn, right?
Araneus diademus male genitalia….
And a quick physical update: My left eye is slowly improving, I was actually able to read a WORD last week with it. My ophthalmologist was very encouraging at my last checkup, and said I may not need surgery to reverse the blindness… YAY!!!
And at the other end of my breaking down body, my plantar fasciitis has all but disappeared, thanks to steroid shots in the heel and ongoing stretching…!
So now I am waiting for my health condition to return to normal so I can get back to my normal routine…. and stop surfing spider porn…
Farmer City, IL – Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday, June 28, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The incident occurred about 3:10 PM on I-74, in the westbound lanes near milepost 155, which is near Farmer City, about 25 miles northwest of Champaign. Trooper Albin was on patrol and involved in a crash with a semitrailer truck. According to Fox2now, the driver of the second vehicle, a truck, and a passenger, were not injured.
According to The Pantagraph, “preliminary investigation showed both vehicles were in slowed/stopped westbound traffic approaching a merge area ahead of a construction zone when the crash occurred”.
Trooper Albin was airlifted by a medical helicopter to a local hospital, where he died about 8:45 PM The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
In a Facebook post, The Illinois State Police said:
“Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces that ISP Trooper Ryan Albin, star number 5718, was tragically killed on June 28, 2017, while on patrol.
On June 28, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Trooper Albin was involved in a crash on I-74 near Farmer City. Trooper Albin sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. At approximately 8:45pm on the same day, Trooper Albin succumbed to his injuries.
“Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of Trooper Albin,” stated Director Schmitz. “I extend my deepest sympathy to Trooper Albin’s family, friends, and co-workers. I pray that those who cared for and loved him find the strength they need during this most difficult time. No further words can express the pain and loss we are all feeling.”
Trooper Albin joined the ISP on January 8, 2006. He was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer. Trooper Albin’s canine partner, “Biko,” was in the rear of the squad car at the time of the crash. Biko was transported to a local veterinarian’s office and appears to have sustained only minor injuries.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
June 27, 1985 – US Route 66 was officially “decertified” on this date by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and all signs denoting the route ordered to be taken down.
US Route 66 was originally designated in 1926, and eventually stretched 2200 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. The meandering route through the western American wilderness was first laid out in 1857 by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward Beale at the head of a caravan of camels. It took until the early 20th century for road building technology to advance to the level whereby a paved surface of 4″ of Portland Cement could be poured consistently, economically, and continuously. The State Of Illinois passed a resolution to begin paving the Illinois route from Chicago, through Springfield, to St. Louis, Missouri in March of 1921. Specifications for the quality and thickness of the Portland Cement surface placed on top of the previous mud/dirt and or gravel road were based on research conducted in the vicinity of Bates, Illinois (a few miles west of the State Capital, Springfield). The resulting specifications became the standard for road paving nationwide in the early 1920s. The engineers and scientists responsible for the Bates Highway tests were housed in the Bates Motel when they were on-site. (No reports of mummified mommies were ever made… think Alfred Hitchcock)
Current Site of Bates Motel, on Old Rte. 54, Bates, IL.
The reliance of the growing private motoring public and the commercial truck-transport industry on the US Route system significantly interconnected the entirety of the continental United States on a grand scale. By the 1950s, further transportation research and development lead to the birth of the US Interstate infrastructure. This saw the construction of new, high-speed, 4-lane, controlled access highways that diverted around, over, or through cities and towns without the need for traffic to slow down or stop.
Although Route 66 was decertified, it is estimated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation, drivers can still use 85 percent of old Route 66. Springfield, Illinois still promotes its connection to Route 66 in a big way…
This week I am featuring the Oceanside face of a “beach house” in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Mrs &I saw this house on a morning run while vacationing, and I pointed it out to her, saying I was going to return with my iPad to photograph it. I would have used my digital camera, but it was safely back in Illinois where it would not get too hot!