Thursday, June 05, 2008

Green vacation, day one

This year no 3,000 mile drives to northern Maine. My family and I are doing day trips and using public transportation. We drew up a list of places around Chicago that will delight and edify. Yesterday's destination: Starved Rock State Park near Utica. Starved Rock is formed of St. Peter sandstone, which is pretty soft as rocks go. In the canyons you can see the layers that have been worn through as you inspect the rock walls. (The picture looks like LaSalle Canyon.) It had rained the day before, so the waterfalls and streams were running verdantly well. Andrew's good eye spotted a cedar waxwing. Also a tiny snake that stuck its tiny tongue out at us, two deer in a roadside meadow, many millipedes on the march, a blue butterfly. The flowers were stunning: yellow iris, native columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit, spiderwort, pinks, wild geranium. Small sunny patches in the forest held bouquets of late spring flowers. The kids explored and got wet, the adults named things. It took an hour to get there, a green place to visit in a green way.


Tina B. Tessina "Dr. Romance" said...

This makes me nostalgic for the Catskills, in NY, where I grew up. And the flowers! This gorgeous, green terrain doesn't exist in Southern California, where I live now.

But, being at the beach is pretty nice, too.

Nasamat said...

This reminds me of Richard Adams' novel, Watership Down !

Sandy said...

Lovely ... I can see it - and you & Bill & Andrew too. Thank you for that cool vision on a hot Oklahoma day.