Bald eagles and an empty ballpark in the Quad Cities

My wife and I went on a weekend getaway to the Quad Cities this past weekend, primarily for Bald Eagle Days at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. Because of the unseasonably warm January weather, it wasn’t as easy as usual to spot bald eagles in the area this year, but we nonetheless had a good time.

The first thing we did when we arrived in the Quad Cities on Saturday was walk up the Centennial Bridge to take a look at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, from above. I meant to do that while in the Quad Cities last year, but it didn’t happen and now seemed as good a time as any to do it.

Modern Woodmen Park as seen from the Centennial Bridge

The Centennial Bridge crosses the Mississippi River, linking two of the Quad Cities (Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa, where the stadium is located). In the next photo, you can see the iconic bridge to the right of the ballpark.

Modern Woodmen Park and the Centennial Bridge

It’s strange to see the parking areas around the ballpark so empty. It is consoling to note that Opening Day is less than three months from now. I’m sure the next three months will pass quickly, just as the four months since I was last at Modern Woodmen Park did. But I still can’t wait for baseball season to be back in full bloom.

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