Travel Tails - Missouri and Illinois

Welcome to Thursday Travel Tails! Today, Arty and I, Dory,  are continuing our journey in Missouri and Illinois! Although we didn't see get a chance to stop and see much of the scenery in these states, we had a blast at the rest stops and one of our most favorite hotels.

 Do you know what famous Blogville Scottie/Shi Tzu and American Bulldog live in Illinois??? 
Stay tuned at the end of the post to find out!

Before we get started, we want to take a minute to thank President Eisenhower and his vision for a cross country Interstate Highway System. The route above is the one we took from California to Indiana!!

 "Mama...I have to go potty!"
It looks like we will start with Rest Stops today!

 The first thing that comes to our minds about the rest stops in Missouri and Illinois is GREEN!! There was lots and lots of grass, and all the pet areas were large and grassy with poop bags on hand if anyone needed them!
(Mama here: Like most of the Midwest Rest Areas I have traveled and stopped, both the Missouri and Illinois Rest Areas were clean and safe. The dog areas were not only big and grassy, but they were kept clean and, for the most part, poop free!)

There weren't any bunnies in these states, like there were in Kansas....

BUT ...
There were SQUIRRELS!!!!

 I, Dory, had the chance to show Arty some Squirrel hunting tips!

He did a pretty good job too!!

 That stubborn squirrel wouldn't come down from the tree!!

 Mean ole Mama made us leave before I could show Arty how to catch that crazy squirrel. 

I think she should make it up to me, don't you???

While in Illinois we stayed at the La Quinta in Collinsville, IL. It was one of our favorite La Quintas and we stayed there both on the way, and on our way back, from Indiana!! We got to the hotel early on both occasions and they had our rooms all ready to go!

After a short rest, Arty and I thought a walk was in order. So we put Mama on her string and headed out!

Tell them what we found Arty!

A Mini Golf Course right behind the hotel!!!
Cool, right??!! Mama said we didn't have time to stop and play...
Mean ole Mama!!

I found a place to sneak in after lights out though!!
Unfortunately,  I fell asleep before Mama and didn't get the chance.

We also found a big field for exploring and reading pee-mail!

 When we stayed there on the way home we got to see some of the best Stormy scenery ever!!

 We didn't get to spend a lot of time sightseeing in Illinois or Missouri...mostly because MAMA spent so much time hunting Covered Bridges in Indiana (see next week's Travel Tail)...but we did see some beautiful skies.

 ...and we crossed the Mississippi River....

...and drove through St. Louis!!

All in all, we really like the midwestern states of Illinois and Missouri and hope to spend more time exploring them soon!!

Did you guess the famous Scottie/Shi Tzu and American Bulldog from Blogville live in Illinois?? 

If you guessed Oreo and Addi,  you were right!!!

Join us next week when we show you some of where we visited in Indians when we weren't attending the BAR!


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
My word, you really did make a full journey of the BAR event - those are very pretty skies - and you just know I LOVE that bridge!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh I am so envious that you visited the state where my gorgeous Addi lives (cue lovestruck sigh).
TOodlle pip!

Jeanne Pursell said...

Looks like a fabulous trip and some of it looks quite familiar...I'm sure we have driven on many of the same roads in our travels!

Our rest stops are very fast too!

Mark Muller said...

the potty sentence is the first what we hear from my mama when we are on tour. sadly our rest stops aren't as good as yours... I never saw a squirrel there... butt the mama saw things on her shoes what are hard to describe BOL

Emma said...

Bailie is from Missouri! I've traveled through there a lot of times. Our favorite hotels down there are the Drury Inns. They have some super nice ones! Glad you were able to find some squirrel scent on the trees!

Sandra said...

your mamma captured all the beauty she passed and took care of two sweet squirrel hounds and water seekers and got everyone home safe. good job mama. love those skies

Sketching with Dogs said...

What a wonderful adventure you all had! Those squirrels can be sneaky.
Love to read all about the places you go and see the photos.
Elliot and Cricket x

Casey said...

Wow! I've never been to either state, but my angel brother Scribbles was born in Illinois and lived there for his first five years. He was a tough Chicago alley cat before Momma found him.

Madi and Mom said...

what pretty photos of you two and the lovely places you saw. Those skies are amazing and the bridge in Mississippi. We saw some most unusual bridges on our road trip. Nothing like what we have in NC.
Thanks for the great travel post
Hugs madi your bfff

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a fun trip. Nothing better than a family vacation
Lily & Edward

Murphy said...

Your adventure was better than ours. We didn't have anything to chase! Great photos too.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Madi and Mom said...

MOLMOL snap your fingers...oh those beatniks was so peaceful!!

stellaroselong said...

If you would have sneezed one time real hard you would have ended up at our house in southeastern iowa. stella rose

Marg said...

Goodness, this is so much traveling with all of you. You two doggies have such a good time. Too bad that squirrel didn't come down for you to chase. Such great pictures of the scenery. We so enjoyed this.

The Army of Four said...

We love following your travels! Nice rest stops are SO very important!
We love the shots of you showing Arty the finer points of squirrel hunting!

Idaho PugRanch said...

You have such a brave mama to do all that traveling - good thing she had you two along to keep her company
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

LBJ said...

We hope you waved when you drove past! Have a wonderful trip.

Abby Lab in Chicago

Sully said...

Wow looks like y'all had lots of fun. Great photos.

Aroo to you,

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Holy smokies, your quite the little traveler!!! So much to see!

Dachshund Nola said...

That looks fun!

Kinley Westie said...

No bunnies?? We got tons of em here!

Ruby said...

OMD, How FABulous!!!!! Yeah, green grass around here is hard to come by in the summer! You have to wait til winter to gets the green grasses! Those were beautiful areas! Butts, too bad you didn't gets that tree rat!!!!! peeps just don't gets it!
Ruby ♥

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Boy you guys sure have adventuresome travels! Wish we could have met in the furs when you passed through Denver. Sam could have showed you guys the best squirrel hunting trees. 😀