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May 26, 2023
Friday check in: bow ties from With Strings Attached

Historian Leslie Goddard presented an engaging program about Route 66 for the final Clara Cummings Book Club luncheon of the year.   She showed photos and told stories about how the highway changed small towns from Illinois to California (gas stations, restaurants, tourist courts).   It became the popular overland route because most of it was fairly flat (south of the higher Rockies). However, it was a two-lane road that went right through the centers of towns, and in the 1950s and 1960s it was superseded by the Interstate Highway System.  Rather than get stuck in backwater obscurity many of the towns ...

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May 25, 2023
Midweek: wildflowers + the third law + bowties from With Strings Attached

The eye of the bog

Yesterday we revisited Volo Bog.   It's at the western edge of the county, 28 miles from where we live.   

Pitcher plant, starflower, orchard grass, prairie groundsel, Canadian anemone, sensitive fern, water arum, vetch, cinnamon fern.  

From the website:  Volo Bog was originally a deep 50-acre lake, with steep banks and poor drainage. The lake began filling with vegetation approximately 6,000 years ago. A floating mat, consisting primarily of sphagnum moss formed around the outside edges among the cattails and sedges. As these plants died and decomposed, the peat mat thickened, forming a support ...

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