Sean and I went for a little stroll this afternoon to soak up some long awaited sunshine and enjoy the 40 degree temps….
A few surprises on our walk though Starved Rock today…
|a couple of fungus or a faery’s covered balcony?
|he didn’t think we could see him
|Hubby walking along the edge
|178 over the Illinois River
|I spy deer tracks
It was a nice day for a walk today, a little chilly, but nice, so we got out an enjoyed it.
Today we went to Starved Rock Lodge to look for fall foliage.
There were bits of color here and there but not much to speak of yet.
So instead I’ll share some chainsaw sculptures carved out of dead trees trunks.
Theses are all still rooted in the ground
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!)
spanning the canyon
crack in the wall
(it was so humid that the lens on my camera fogged up)
Matthiessen State Park, Utica, IL
Accompany me on one of my favorite walks through Illinois canyon
Thank you for your company and I hope this brought a little serenity into your day.
I came across some older pics of one of our family hikes in Starved Rock State Park.
There are so many canyons, as hard as we try, we have yet to traverse them all.
This is the head of the trail, leading to Owl, LaSalle, and Tonti Canyons.
If I remember right, we counted over 200 steps
Waterfall in bright light
inside the canyon
where the walls meet
from the bottom up
I am always excited to get home and download the pictures and see what came out. The lighting and the images are always amazing!
This is an actual size replica of the barges that were used to ship goods along the I&M canal- although this one was modified to carry passengers instead of freight.
Normally there is a mule pulling the barge from the trail beside the canal with a tow rope, but by the time we arrived, he was taking a break and they were using a motor.
turning into the dock
Being shored up
here’s a link to the history of the Illinois & Michigan shipping canals: