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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Field Trip with Lily

A couple of weeks before we left Illinois, we picked up our granddaughter, Lily, and took her on a little field trip. We had never done this before, and she was so excited to go out with Papa and Gwama!

We took a drive into the country to see "The Witness Tree", a beautiful 250-year old burr oak tree.




The branches of this towering tree spread out over 80 feet, and the trunk's circumference measures 14 feet!


This tree has served as a landmark and meeting place for over 200 years! In the 19th century, Chief Shabbona  of the Potawatomi  Indians held council here, along with the Fox and Sauk tribes.

Could you imagine all what these branches have heard?



The tree received its name because it was a witness, or reference point, for surveyors of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad during the building of the railroad through Mineral Township.

After we left there, we stopped at the Hennepin Canal.


Lily threw rocks in the water with Papa.


I explained to Lily about her shadow and how she was stepping on it! She got a kick out of that!



And finally, when we were driving back to our daughter's house, I had glanced in the mirror and saw Lily doing this. I couldn't resist taking a photo while looking in the mirror.


This was taken before her eye surgery. You can see her one eye was wandering a little there. Now her eyes are perfectly straight and she is doing great after the surgery!

18 comments:

Tina´s PicStory said...

lovely pics :)

Brian Miller said...

what a cool tree...love all the knarly limbs...and i bet the little one had a balst...too cute..

Jeannelle said...

Long live the old tree! Glad to hear Lily is doing well.

otin said...

Holy crap that's a tree!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

What he (Otin) said! Lily is just so darn cute!

EG Wow said...

Lily is so cute! Lucky Lily to have you and Gwampa to take her on a special outing.

Country Gal said...

What a cutie. Glad her surgery went well and all is good. Wonderful photos looks like it was a fun place. Our big old Oak tree is at least 150 years old and it has a huge girth as well. Have a wonderful evening.

Eva Gallant said...

Isn't it just the most fun being a gwandma???

Eva Gallant said...

Isn't it just the most fun being a gwandma???

kisatrtle said...

So love these pics and glad your granddaughter id feeling better

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The Witness Tree is amazing, love seeing trees around which are older than any people alive today, gives a new perspective to history.

Lily is a real cutie!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that is some kind of tree! lily is adorable!

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Great story! You find some of the most interesting stuff!

And that Lily! She is adorable!! Just precious!

Valerie said...

I've been wondering how Lily was getting on, so pleased to hear the treatment went well. Interesting to read about the witness tree.

Gail said...

What a wonderful way out with Lily! I like making memories.

Donna said...

She's a Doll! So glad her surgery went great...and what a Beautiful old tree...
hughugs

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How fun to get a day all to yourselves with Lily -- in a couple of years, she'll be ready for an overnight!

and i would have loved that field trip too.

(I'm having fun catching up on your posts this morning =-- we are only driving a short ways today so we're not in a hurry to get started.

labbie1 said...

That is quite the tree! Great story. Um, is that poison ivy crawling up the front????

Lily is just too cute! I bet you were tired after your day out! :) But so fun!