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Above the Waterfall

Standing on the bridge, leaning over the railing, looking 50+ feet down.
Almost at the bottom, looking up at the bridge.

Today was the coldest day we’ve had all winter, hovering just above the teens with a windchill. Brrrr!
Good day for a drive!
Our travels today found Steve and I at a tiny lake hidden in the woods behind a golf course at the back end of Matheson State Park, IL. The lake is called Matheson Lake (what else but?)
At the end of the lake we saw a very large old bridge peeking through the trees. We had to go look because we have this love for all things old!
Anyway, we discovered the bridge spanned a spillway at the head of a deep canyon~ very typical of our other Illinois canyons, the soft sandstone being carved away by thousands of years of flowing water. Very pretty and serene, even in the dead of winter. We will have to come back in the spring when everything is starting to grow again.

Across the Bridge
Refection at the Bottom

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Another hike through Matthiessen

 Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a place such as this exsists in the middle of flat prarrie and corn fields. 
 headed down (the ultimate workout!)
 shallow water

 spanning the canyon
 crack in the wall
vines 
(it was so humid that the lens on my camera fogged up)
Matthiessen State Park, Utica, IL

Matthiessen

Dwarfed by Nature

 
I found an old picture of Chris on one of our visits to Matthiessen State Park, Utica IL.
This was 2006 or so, when he still had his long hair. He’s looking up at he top of the cliff. 
  It was very humid that day and the camera lens kept fogging.
Just a reminder of how small we are in this world.