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Starved Rock State Park

This is probably the most famous State Park in IL – see http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/history/ . We were there shortly after the major storm that devastated the park on June 30th to the extent that the majority of trails were closed. Only one trail – to French Canyon – was open near the Visitor Center, and consequently this canyon was pretty crowded. However, due to this trail closure, we decided to go to a remote Illinois Canyon (which we never visited before), and were happy that we did.
More on trail closure in the park: http://hikestarvedrock.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-16-2014-wildcat-eagles-cliff.html

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French Canyon
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French Canyon
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Looking back from the end of French Canyon
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At the entrance to French Canyon
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The entrance to French Canyon
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The entrance to French Canyon (looking back)
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On the way to French Canyon
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Starved rock as seen from the Park's Lodge
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Near the Lodge
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Near the Lodge
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Atop Starved Rock, looking at Illinois river
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Illinois river
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Dam on Illinois river
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Staircase to Lover's Leap overlook
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Came down from Starved Rock,
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Illinois River near the Visitor Center
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There are bird feeders near the Visitor Center,
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Common Grackle
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Common Grackle holding a seed
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White-breasted Nuthatch
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Woodpecker
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Red-winged blackbird
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Illinois Canyon
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Creek in  Illinois Canyon
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Bending down to pick up a frog
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Creek in Illinois Canyon
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