Transition To Spring
We heard that the snow melt was making some really beautiful waterfalls, so we thought we'd go for a hike and see for ourselves. First we tried to go to Illinois canyon but unfortunately had to turn around half way there due to a large amount of standing water. If only we had thought to bring our muck boots that fit over our normal boots, we would have been able to hike anywhere we wanted. Sure we could have gone home and got them and came back, but the car was low on gas and we had to be back by a certain time and.... well, I digress. So we simply headed off to the council overhang and the Kaskaskia and Ottawa canyons. The trails were a bit slick, you needed hiking boots with good tread. There was about an inch or so of slush on top of snow packed trails. We think the slush actually helped out a bit by letting the tread of our boots sink in. Fast moving waterfalls means the creeks were up and running which meant that the trail that meanders back and forth over the creek was flooded out here and there. But we persisted, we said "we made it this far, let's keep going!", and so we did. Spotting downed trees and areas we could ford the creek we got to see two really beautiful waterfalls. The hike was exhilarating and the payoff was huge! The smell of spring in the air, the sound of rushing water and the sun glinting off the water as it fell, did our hearts a world of good. Having already picked our way there, coming back was easy. Plus I figured if my boots got wet on the way back, it wasn't that big of a deal, but they didn't. We got back with a little mud on our boots, but no less for wear. The sun wasn't in the perfect position for great pictures, but these will give you an idea of what you'll see if you're ever near Starved Rock State Park.
Happy Hiking Everyone!