For the last couple of years I have been taking my Mom with me on week long photo trips. Last year we went out west. This year we stayed a little closer to home. We headed up the east side of Lake Michigan, over the Mackinac Bridge, across the Upper Peninsula, and into Minnesota to photograph some lighthouses.
As we headed out late Saturday afternoon, we decided to drive by 'Red Covered Bridge' near Princeton, IL. I did not even know it existed until a few days prior to our trip. The bridge has crossed Big Bureau Creek since 1863, has a span of 149 feet, and is one of only five remaining covered bridges in Illinois. If you are into this type of scenery, it is easy to find, and worth the drive.
After spending some time there and taking this photo, we stopped for a less than satisfying dinner experience where an hour and fifteen minute wait, after being seated mind you, produced no dinner. We spoke with the hostess, who understood why we were leaving, got in our car, and headed toward our first lighthouse simply named 'Big Red Lighthouse' (I assure you the names get less basic) located in Holland State Park, Michigan.
It was dark by the time we left the restaurant and I knew we were going to half to wait until morning to get pictures, but I wanted to get there and scope out the place. After a few hours of driving and then unsuccessfully finding a motel, we pulled up around midnight. I set up and took some night shots for awhile. We decided to just rest in the car for a few hours until sunrise.