Southern Illinois

Madelyn the Trail Leader

A quick post to point out Erin’s pictures from Southern Illinois, the last of my four recent trips. If you live close by, and have never spent any time in the Shawnee National Forest, you should check it out. Not drop-your-jaw amazing like Point Reyes, or consistently beautiful like the south shore of Lake Superior, but worth a trip.

We stayed at Giant City SP and Cave-in-Rock SP. Madelyn was a great hiker. Amelia took to the backpack well. We had one day of beautiful weather, and one day of monsoons. And of course it was great to see my brother and his wife; we don’t cross paths with them often enough.

On the way back, we wanted to stop at Magic House, but it was closed (aaagh). So we took Madelyn to Monkey Joe’s instead, where she slid and jumped to her heart’s content.

Now a few weeks at home.

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