Starved Rock itself. The rock got it's name when several Indian tribes pursued a rival tribe, and the pursued tribe took refuge on top of the rock. They were held at bay there. They tried lowering buckets to obtain water, but their lines were cut by the opposing tribe . They all died.
Later, Fort St. Louis was built on top of Starved Rock.
Typical pathway at Starved Rock State Park, close to the Lodge where the paths are improved. Further out, the paths get more rugged and there are some scary drop offs.
That's Tom, marching ahead of me.
I lasted about 10 minutes carrying our pack full of water bottles. My legs are pretty sore today, but it sure felt good to be out hiking. I love it!
After our hike, we stopped at one of Utica's small, family restaurants for dinner, and fortunately the rain storm held off until we started for home.
It was just a wonderful day. We are fortunate to have such a lovely park only an hours drive from our place.