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Rollerblading – State #20!

And it is Illinois that has become the 20th State I’ve rollerbladed in!  It took a while to find a suitable path, but the River Walk in Ottawa turned out to be perfect.  It runs along the scenic Fox River and the pavement is quite smooth.

Thanks to a well placed picnic table and my camera’s self-timer, I was able to get a picture to document my 20th state:

Rollerblading State #20!!!

More pictures from my skate and Ottawa, Illinois can be found on my Flickr site.

November 19, 2007 at 12:19 am 1 comment

Starved Rock State Park

Last week, I was able to sneak in an afternoon visit to Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park.  I visited three of their overlooks – Starved Rock, Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff.  All were amazing, especially with the vivid fall colors.

Illinois River and Lover’s Leap from Starved Rock

View from Lover’s Leap Trail

Changing Leaves and Evergreens from Eagle Cliff 

Most impressive though was the very intricate “trail” system they had.  It was almost all wooden walkways, stairs and elaborate decking.  The fact they built all that is amazing enough, but the fact that they can maintain it all and keep the park completely FREE is incredible.  Kudos to you, State of Illinois. 

Lover’s Leap Trail

Decking on the way to Lover’s Leap

Elaborate decking at Eagle Cliff

The Lover’s Leap “Trail” winds around a rock.

More pictures of my visit to Starved Rock State Park can be found on my Flickr site.

November 19, 2007 at 12:09 am 3 comments

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