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Single Photos
November 8, 2010
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I've lost count of how many times I've made the long, early-morning drive to the Arkansas Grand Canyon overlooks south of Jasper, hoping to witness a pretty sunrise. It was all worth it Saturday morning, September 25, when fog from the Buffalo River valley spread out into the surrounding side canyons.
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The following weekend, my co-worker Loren and I flew to Chicago to attend a trade show. Sunday evening, October 3, we headed to Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) as soon as the trade show ended for the day. Back in 1982 I attended a high school journalism convention in the Windy City, but we didn't go to the top of the tower because it was covered with clouds. It's been my dream to return ever since. Loren and I got to the top of the tower before the sun set. One of my photos includes the shadow of the building stretched out over Lake Michigan.
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For lunch on Monday we took a taxi to Gino's pizza for some original Chicago deep-dish pizza; Loren was a good sport and didn't tell me til months later that she doesn't like pizza. That evening she proved an excellent tour guide. We took a taxi downtown then walked to Millennium Park, where I was pleasantly surprised to find myself at the metallic Cloud Gate sculpture. From there we walked to Buckingham Fountain then headed back north to the Chicago Marina, planning to walk to Navy Pier. We ran out of sidewalk and decided to head back west in search of a cab. We followed the Chicago River and by chance came upon the Centennial Fountain, which shoots an arc of water across the river for ten minutes every hour. We eventually made it to Navy Pier but, at 7:30 on a weeknight, there wasn't much going on.  We flew back to Arkansas early the next morning.
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