Eagle Watching

If you have never taken time for a drive down the Great River Road during Eagle Watching Season, then you are missing out on a special experience. No matter how many times I have an opportunity to see an Eagle soaring over the mighty Mississippi, it always makes me smile. This time of year watch for cars pulled over on the side of the Great River Road that is a sure sign an Eagle has been spotted. Keep your eyes peeled because you don’t know if you will see an Eagle sitting in a tree, flying over the river, riding a hunk of ice down the Mississippi or all of the above.   The Alton CVB has a great website:  www.visitalton.com. It shows the locations of the weekly Eagle sightings as well as upcoming events to see Eagles up close and personal. This would be a great time to start a family tradition of taking a winter drive down the Great River Road. There are lots of great spots in Grafton to stop and get a bite to eat while you keep an eye on the Mississippi. Some restaurants even offer spotting scopes for guests to use. Make it a full weekend and spend the night at Green Tree Inn. Just ask, and we will be happy to let you borrow our binoculars. Be sure to bring your camera.  Maybe you will be lucky and see an Eagle while eating breakfast. A delicious home cooked breakfast and the opportunity to see an Eagle out the window sounds like a great memory. Helpful hint:  The Eagles are easier to spot if you are driving the River Road towards Alton from Grafton. The outside lane of the Great River Road gives a better view of the bluffs.