Ice Falls at Starved Rock
The Ice Falls at Starved Rock sure are beautiful. Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has decided to bring us Winter finally...... in March. A year ago today it was 70 degrees, kinda hard to believe. The Red Wing Blackbirds that arrive a couple of weeks ago told me "We are not amused!" Actually, they tell me that every time they see me. But, Spring is coming, I promise. So the ice falls won't be around too much longer. We went for a hike the other week and thoroughly enjoyed it. These pictures are of St. Louis Canyon, Kaskaskia Canyon and Ottawa Canyon, respectively.
Well, we sure are happy that we've finally been getting some snow, very pretty snows too. They were the kind that clung to the trees and turned our little world into a winter wonderland. A very heavy snow though, great for making snowballs, forts and snowmen, but not very good at all for shoveling. The snow will be great for the ground water situation, helping our gardens and Aronia plantation. We were thinking of not doing our sustainable garden this year because the past two years have been droughts. It just makes it so much harder to do when your watering all the time, plus we were worried about our wells. But, we've had some precipitation, frozen and liquid type, so we decided we're going to do it again. So, in my basement right now I have 128 tomato plants, 64 pepper plants, 32 eggplant, 36 Basil plants, 24 cucumber plants and 36 squash plants. Many different varieties of each as well. Oh yeah, we're ready for Spring!
So you better hurry up, if you want to see some frozen waterfalls because the ten day forecast is showing a warming trend. The canyons will retain the cold so the waterfalls will be around for a little while longer, despite the warming trend. The only down part of March is it tends to get a bit mucky, so make sure you bring a spare pair of shoes. But once again, I can't think of a better place to stay! We'll give you a full hot breakfast, to provide you some energy so you can hit the trails, then you have a nice warm room with a fireplace and maybe a hot tub to soak in after a full day of hiking! Hiking is a great way to melt stress, and the hot tub won't hurt either!