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Under water yet again….

Starved Rock State Park is closed today, 
for obvious reasons. 

This is the parking lot for the visitors center.

and this is the entrance to the picnic areas the next day (Sunday, Nov. 1). 
The water is a little higher than yesterday, but the river crested over night and is now going down.
This time around wasn’t nearly as bad as last year.

Mule drawn barge on the I&M canal

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:

Grandma’s Helpers


Sean and Daisy were helping me water the potted plants but they decided it would be more fun to sprinkle each other…

Sadly summer’s winding down. I can’t believe it’s August already. The day’s are getting shorter and school registration is upon us. I wish summer could go on forever.
At least we haven’t had a shortage of humming birds this year. I had to add two more feeders to keep up (total of five now). I have two who are constantly fighting over all the feeders, and one that lets me know when his favorite feeder is empty. He flies right up to me, hovering only a foot from my face, chattering.
Hopefully I’ll get a picture of him soon. All of them are camera shy so far.