Jo’s walking and Becky’s back with her wonderful square challenge. Life is good. I’m back from my vacation with lots of photos and stories to share, so let’s start walking.

This trip was all about seeing friends but there was a lot of scenery too, autumn colors that I’d been craving. On the 2 1/2 day drive, I’d passed through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri before crossing the state line into Illinois. Especially in Missouri I drove through hundreds of miles of thousands of trees in their festive bronzes, oranges, reds, and a few luminous yellows. The day after I arrived, my friend and I drove to downtown Aurora, Illinois for coffee and friend time, starting at Endiro Coffee. Although I’m mostly a tea person and my coffee drinks are mochas or cappuccinos, Endiro serves what they call African Coffee (or tea): Easy on the espresso or black tea, lots of steamed milk and light and sweet masala spice. Once when our younger daughter and I were there, she had the African coffee which I tried and loved. That’s what I had this time.

Downtown Aurora has a rather nice river walk surrounded by lots of old, repurposed buildings. I love that they haven’t been torn down but are used just as they were.

I got my autumn color fix too.

It was a propitious start to my two-and-a-half week visit!

Jo’s Monday Walk 11.21.22

Walking Squares 11.21.22

  1. restlessjo says:

    I know what you mean about missing Autumn colour, Janet. I always feel the same. It’s pretty here but not dramatic. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Glad you had a great trip back to autumn joy and friends.

  3. The fall colors were really pretty this year. Glad you had a good visit and good coffee along the way.

  4. beth says:

    sounds like a great trip in many ways –

  5. Amy says:

    What a wonderful long trip, Janet! We may not fall colors here until December. 🍂

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Your African Coffee sounds delicious. Your photos are beautiful, of course.

    • The coffee is unique as far as I’ve found and definitely delicious. The “of course” you put at the end of the second sentence make me very happy too. Thanks! Happy Monday.

  7. peggy says:

    Wow – what a gorgeous city. I am sure you felt wonderful being back in your glorious Illinois. I lived in Illinois 3 years and loved everything except winter there. Looks like your vacation was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the great Fall colors.

  8. BeckyB says:

    oh this looks like such a great place, and what a wonderful walk

  9. I’d try that coffee it sounds good. It looks like it was pretty there dressed in its Autumn colors. I’m glad you had a wonderful time. I’m looking forward to seeing more images from your trip.

  10. Autumn is fading away, but some vibrant colors are hanging on. Thanks for the Monday stroll.

  11. Cee Neuner says:

    You got some gorgeous autumn photos on your trip. I hope the coffee was good 😀 😀

  12. Teresa says:

    What a bright sunny day for a walk.

  13. What a great trip, Janet! And that coffee sounds fabulous!! Beautiful photos 😊