ha! you are practically in my backyard, i've done plenty of work in mt v and carbondale. to me mt vernon is sort of the gateway to southern illinois, the landscape starts to roll and the woodlots get bigger and bigger.
it's pretty amazing how badly carbondale, a college town, jacked up it's downtown. sorry to say you didn't miss a lot by driving through.
thanks for the tour! i hope you can someday photograph "southwestern" illinois, home of old belleville, etc just across the river from st. louis (guess i could do that
i am assuming you are reserving a single thread for paducah-on-the-ohio...looking forward to that. sort of in the bermuda triangle that is upper south/edge of the lower midwest and lower ohio valley.