|1/2 mile or so walk in|
A few years ago, a guest gave me an old trail book of the area. I have been in this area many times. I always like to go here in the spring or winter before all the weeds and bugs arrive. After a hilly walk we come to our first destination.
Allouez Canyon was named to honor the Jesuit missionary, Father Jean Claude Allouez (1622-1689). missionary to the Illinois Indians following the death of Marquette.
|Kayla on the path going into the canyon|
|Kayla admiring the waterfall in Allouez Canyon|
It was also a great day for wildflowers. Kayla really wasn't. But I still like finding them and looking at them. I was really grateful that she went with me. I really didn't feel comfortable going alone.
We were going into our 2nd canyon when we saw these footprint in the sand. Don't really know what they are, but thought they were neat. If I had to guess I would say raccoon and turkey.
Our Second Canyon was Potowatomie Canyon. (formerly Williamson Canyon). Renamed to honor the last of the great Indian tribes that lived in the Starved Rock area prior to the influx of the American settlers.
We planned on visiting a few more canyons but it was getting a little hot, and...... I found a tick and then another one. And then I found one on my hat. That was enough for me. And back we went.
|Kayla taking a break on the way back|
|Me and my new hat.|
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.