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Apple River Canyon State Park

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, my hubby (Scott) and I went to check out an Illinois state park we had not been to yet. It’s up by near the Wisconsin boarder in Jo Daviees County. Here’s a link to check out for quick information…¬†http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R1/APPLE.HTM

Scott and I enjoy nature, hiking in particular. In large part because it mostly free… a bit of gas, food, water, and lots of sweat… we get to spend quality time together, set our eyes on the beauties of nature, and be healthy in a fun way.

Apple River Canyon State Park is a little park. We almost missed the entrance, if it weren’t for the very large wood signs pointing our way, we might have passed it by. I called it “a hole in the wall park”. Even so, it’s a very beautiful park with great trails for a good workout. There are about 4 trails total, we did 2 of them… both were mostly up hill. One the second trail we tried, we came across a few muddy spots that were a bit slippery, so we had to be careful as to not end up falling down the trail. At another point, we actually got ourselves a bit lost, so we said “Screw it” and crossed at a shallow point of the little creek running through the park. This creek is very clear, we could see the bottom and so much more.

While walking from trail 1 to trail 2 we wondered about in this open field area with picnic table shelters and other items. We saw a small family with their Golden Labrador. This dog was in absolute heaven. They were letting it, while on a retractable leash, run in to the creek and chase sticks. We loved watching this because the dog’s happiness was pure and it’s obvious love for it’s humans was unconditional.

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This path looks flat here, but it was all up hill, steep enough to require a bit leaning forward.

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These red berries where all over the 1st trail we went on, along with raspberry/blackberry bushes.

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This plant, a huge tree, was near the 2nd trail we decided to try out.

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A little scenery we saw on our way to the 2nd trail.

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A “cave” from the photo above.

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I love that lone tree on the canyon wall back there.

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My hubby & I enjoying a beautiful day out together.

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