When the severe storm came through on June 30th, it really did some damage. About 90% of the trails at Starved Rock State Park are closed. Fortunately we have 2 other state parks. We haven't been to Buffalo Rock State Park in awhile so off we went. 29 hikers and 2 dogs. Enjoy!
|Entry sign to the park|
Titled "Effigy Tumuli" in tribute to the Native American burial grounds that inspired it, this unique "earth art" depicts five sculptures native to the Illinois River. The Effigy Tumuli was the vision of artist Michael Heizer who created the sculptures of a snake, turtle, catfish, frog and a water strider. To better appreciate and understand the sculptures, it is best to look first from a distance and then walk around on top of them.
|Just as with Starved Rock, Stay on the Trail|
|Pretty, but don't know the name|
|I really wish I knew the summer wildflowers better. I think I need to buy a book|
|View of Island from the viewing platform. I think the purple flower is Purple Loosestrife. It is an invasive swamp plant.|
|West end of Buffalo Rock|
|Cool corridor like formation|
|Queen Anne's Lace|
|Partridge Pea (check out the delicate leaves)|
|We arrived at the only open overlook in the Park|
|Both of these couples were staying at the Lodge. One was from Oklahoma and the other was from Aurora|
|??? thoughts ???|
|In the Campanula family|
|True it it's name, The park has 2 resident buffalo|
|No feeding of the Bison!!!|
|Sign by the Bison cage|
|We saw many caterpillars, maybe soon we will see some butterflies!|
|Getting back to the Starved Rock State Park we are reminded of the trail closures. Don't cross the signs, $120.00 fine.|
|The Starved Rock Gift Shop picks a different T-shirt every week and puts it on sale for $10.00. This week they chose the Hike-a-palooza shirt. Stop by in the next week for this special buy.|
Another great day for a hike. We are not sure where we are going next week. Hopefully some of the trails at Starved Rock will finally be open.
I will leave you with this: Wherever you may hike or walk, just put one foot in front of the other. It's all about the experience not the destination.