For my birthday, I decided I was going to make good on my promise to go to Starved Rock State Park. It took us two hours to get there, but it was well worth it. We need to go back in the fall to see the colors change and the spring when there’s more water in the waterfalls.
I decided to take my dear husband and our puppy while we left the kids at grandmas. The day was absolutely beautiful, a cool and comfortable 70 degrees, which made it really nice, especially since we walked for miles, and climbed up and down stairs to go on to the trails that led to some beautiful places.
Starved Rock – picture taken from Lover’s Leap
View of the Illinois River from on top of Starved Rock
View from Eagle cliff with J and Tinkerbell – when we found out the park allowed dogs, we jumped at the chance to bring the Tinkerpup. We met about 30 other dogs that day. It seemed like everybody brought their dog and Tinkerbell was quite popular. We were frequently stopped to be asked about her.
Me up after climbing a cliff trail in Wildcat Canyon to take a picture of a rock formation.
Wildcat Canyon – from above
Wildcat Canyon – closeup of waterfall from above (gotta love the 18X zoom on my digital camera)
Going into French Canyon – because it was July, there wasn’t a whole lot of water coming down the falls. Apparently there’s more water in the springtime or after it rains.
I don’t remember where this was taken, but we stopped to rest and I snapped this one of my cutie hubby and our Tinkerbell
It was a wonderful trip but there are so many places we didn’t get to see. There are miles and miles of trails that lead to other canyons, but we were out there for four hours as it was, and it was time to get something to eat and go home.
The puppy slept in the car (she was such a trooper) and then we went home. It was a lovely, lovely time. When we got home, both me and the Tinkerpup slept for 12 hours straight.