Bunny here at the keyboard, writing about my weekend adventure.
This was a big weekend for our family since my grandpaw turned seventy years old on Saturday. I did that math and that’s a lot of dog years. It was pretty hot on Saturday anyway, so I figured that meant we probably wouldn’t have much of an adventure this weekend, which I was okay with. I think my human is still recovering from all the stress of our blog problems last week and I was good with taking it easy if she needed to, but she surprised us on Sunday with an idea to go out and have an adventure that we weren’t expecting.
Sunday, it was another absolutely beautiful day.
Our humans decided that it would be fun to go to one of our favorite hiking destinations, Starved Rock State Park. As we drove up, we noticed that one of our favorite trails had a gate in the roadway and a sign that said “trail closed.” Mom suggested that maybe it was just because the road to the trail is badly maintained and that we might be able to hike down to it. However, we were going to the Visitor’s Center first and we passed another spot to enter the trail that also said “trail closed” and we started to worry.
We got to the Visitor’s Center and Mom went inside to use the restroom. I don’t know why humans won’t just go on a tree like we dogs do, but we humor them. It would save us a lot of time if they were less picky, though. I can tell you one thing, though, if they poop in the woods, I’m not picking it up in a bag and carrying it home. That’s just gross. Anyhow, while Mom was in there, she saw some signs that said a lot of the trails were closed due to storm damage. There was going to be no visiting Saint Louis Canyon to show you the difference between the waterfall in winter and summer. Still, we wanted to hike and so we headed towards the Illinois Canyon at the back of the park.
I am glad we stuck with our plan to hike, even though our favorite spots weren’t open.
A lot of other people and dogs were out enjoying the wonderful weather, too. It was a bit more crowded than usual because so many of the trails were closed. Even on the trails that were open, we could see why so many were closed. A lot of giant trees were knocked down and had to be cut up so hikers could walk through. I’m guessing a lot of trees were down on the other trails since the ones were were on were barely passable in places.
To my surprise, Flattery claimed that she didn’t know how to climb up on the rocks. This is a must for good hiking pictures. I decided the situation needed to be rectified immediately. I climbed up on the rock and demonstrated how it’s done. When Flattery saw me getting treats up there, she suddenly remembered how to do it. I am proud to say that she mastered it.
We ended up hiking over five miles.
We went down to the Illinois Canyon first. At the end of the trail, there’s a waterfall that was just a small trickle right now. I would have a picture to show you, but there were two irresponsible girls there with their dogs off leash. One was a Golden Retriever and the other was a small Beagle. They weren’t listening to their owners at all and ran all around us. Flattery got really excited, a bit more than my humans were comfortable with even though most of the time she does okay now, and so we beat feet out of that canyon. There were still other places we wanted to see, anyway.
We also went to the Kaskaskia Canyon. It’s a pretty peaceful place and you might remember that we hiked there with Morgan in January. In the wintertime, it has a frozen waterfall that’s on the smaller side, but in the summertime, it looks totally different. Sometimes it’s hard for people to believe that it can look so different.
Finally, we hiked up to the Ottawa Canyon. It has another impressive waterfall in the winter, but you’d never know it this time of year. It’s still a beautiful place and we love going there because it’s so tranquil, no matter what time of year it is. We were surprised to see a boy laying on a log that had fallen across the top of the waterfall, though. I hope he didn’t fall off.
I’m glad my humans didn’t give up when they learned some of the trails were closed.
Sometimes, you’ve got to just go with the flow. Things turn out to be a lot of fun if you just let them. Our humans can be pretty determined about getting out to have fun. We met a lot of other dogs out on the trails and at the Visitor Center who were having fun, so it wasn’t just us enjoying the wealth of Mother Nature. I hear that there will be another trip there for us soon, to take in something else that we missed today. I am really looking forward to that.