|My grandmother's house in Lewiston, Minnesota|
Besides the good times with family, the highlights were visits to Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois and Zion National Park in Utah.
Cahokia was the largest city in North America in pre-Columbian times. It was larger than London was in AD 1250, covering 6 square miles with a population up to 20,000.
|Birdman, found on a sandstone tablet at Cahokia|
What's left today are mounds of earth that were built up one basket at a time. They were used as platforms for houses and ceremonial buildings.
|Monk's Mound, 100 feet tall and covering 14 acres. That's a lot of baskets of earth.|
It's a world heritage site and is so worth a visit if you're anywhere in the area. It's just 15 minutes from St. Louis, Missouri.
|St. Louis from the top of Monk's Mound|
|Lower Emerald Pool - you can walk under the waterfall and get as wet as you want to|
|Looking down the canyon on the Riverside Hike|
We spent our last night in Las Vegas. I'm a sucker for the lights.