Today's hike was the scheduled Guided Winter Hike. Joe the regular hiking guide had another commitment. I didn't mind going hiking, especially on this sunny day. Ok, so it was a little on the cold side, about 11 degrees and with the wind chill about -9 or something like that. We were all bundled up and most wore some sort of additional traction. We had 11 HARDY hikers. They were a wonderful group, and all with a great sense of humor, everyone stayed together rather well.
|I gotta say, I was a little worried with the wind if we were going to see many eagles today. I was very delighted when we go to Lover's Leap and saw our first eagle near Starved Rock in the Fishing Cove. Center of the photo above.|
|Starved Rock from Lover's Leap|
|Eagle Watching on Eagles Cliff. Yes, it was a little breezy here. Many eagles|
|My group graciously posing for a photo in the bitterly cold wind.... THANK YOU!!|
|Coming down the stairs by Eagle's Cliff there was an eagle in the trees along the river.|
|Along the river trail on the way to Wildcat Canyon|
|Wildcat Canyon. Ice climbers at the top|
|Looking up at the ice fall from the bottom|
|3 ice climbers from Peru, getting ready to go down. I also took a video of the running water in the ice fall.|
|Coming down the last set of steps before we arrive at the Lodge|
|Once we arrive back at the Lodge, we see these hungry deer.|
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.