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Pisco’s first hiking trip September 17, 2006

Posted by merp in Animules, Pisco!, Travel.
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I got back from a 9am(!) gig on Saturday (more about that later) to Aaron’s announcement that we should go camping, immediately. Or at least hiking. Because of his prelims and my film fest, this might be our last chance before it gets too cold.

We decided to hike for the afternoon at Starved Rock State Park. Neither of us had been there, and it’s only 2 hours away, and was reputed to have elevation differences and geological formations – key features when considering a hike. And dogs are allowed on-leash.

pisco in car

Pisco loves the car. Well, he should. He gets the entire backseat to himself, with full chauffeur service and optional chewtoys.

As promised, elevation difference! Apparently enough of a novelty in this state as to require stairs. (Pisco surveys the forest with his laser vision)
stairs at starved rock

Pisco enjoys the view

Cliff @ Starved Rock

Starved Rock is named for the large limestone(?) outcropping on the Illinois River where the Illinois Indians starved to death when the Potowatami and Fox Indians cornered them there. A sunny recorded voice related this story to me when I called the park. And this isn’t it – this is some other limestone rock in the park.

pisco tastes the river

Pisco tastes the Illinois River. Mmm, silty, with undertones of toxic runoff.

On the drive back, we saw this amazing, inexplicable sunset:

amazing sunset

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