Thursday, January 31, 2019
Highlights: (Subject to change)
- Step-On Guided Tour with Linda Koenig
- Discover the Melvin Price Locks & Dam
- Visit the Audubon Visitor’s Center
- Viewing & Discussing Eagles along the way
- Visit the Great Rivers Center
- Fried Chicken Dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
Mid-American Coaches, Washington: Depart 8:00 AM / Return 5:00 PM
Wal-Mart, Kirkwood: Depart 9:00 AM / Return 4:00 PM
Spend the day exploring the Great River Road, designated as one of the top U.S. Scenic Byways. We'll first stop to admire and discuss the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Missouri side, a gigantic structure critical for navigation on the Mississippi River. Eagles, white pelicans and trumpeter swans wintering near the dam find easy fishing here. Next we'll visit the Audubon Visitors' Center to watch a brief film and to take advantage of their telescopes for eagle and other winter waterfowl-watching. Then we'll cross the stunning "bridge of the future", the 4600-ft Clark Bridge, spanning the river between Illinois and Missouri. On up the National Scenic Byway, we will pass Elsah and Grafton, stopping to view eagles when we spot them. Our destination will be Pere Marquette State Park, where we will warm up with an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner, at the beautiful lodge overlooking the Illinois River. Next, take the beautiful ride back down the Great River Road, stopping wherever eagles or other wildlife beckon, to visit the Great Rivers Center, inside the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. Wonderful film here, and interactive exhibits on rivers, wildlife, geography and more. Arrive back at the late afternoon.
+++++++Be sure to bring your binoculars. We will be viewing the eagles and other waterfowl from INSIDE the bus and buildings. Not outside.
Tour Cost: $87.00 per person