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Old 11-02-2012, 08:45 AM   #21
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Wonderful photo essay you two have presented, I now hope to visit the park one day...if nothing else to 'look over the edge'.

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #22
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How far away is Shawnee from you? My husband wants to go back with me next year sometime.... it's been a loooooong time since he's done any of Shawnee and he likes the fall colors and said with it only being 7 hours from us that it'd make for a nice long weekend!!! If you're able to get away.... the same time we can get away.... maybe we could team up.... you and your wife and me and my husband!!! I'm totally game and I know he would be too!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #23
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Ooooooo No need to hurry creating the rim rock thread. I'm barely keeping up with you as it is.
I like the first shot in post #13! I too am enjoying your view of the gardens. There's just soooooo much to take in. Gorgeousness in all its glory!
Now now WILDWATCHER! You sure are the spunky little bronco aren't you!

Yes that is I in that cave. It was a LOT larger than I thought once I climbed up and into it.....
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Nests covered its walls.
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A second cave awaiting to be explored.
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The steep route up was passed upon by Equill
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What a view set before thee....
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It beckons me in....
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #24
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With pepper spray in hand...I enter the first chamber of the 75 foot cave.
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An opening that led skyward
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Another smaller opening further into the cave.
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Soooo inviting to sit for a spell.
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The view from within.
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Oh ohhhhh Gotta run....Must make my way down in a hurry .
Equills yelling for me and sounding distressed over not seeing me for such a long time.
She's obviously not hearing me call out every now and then that "I'm Ok"...."Be down in a bit!"
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:53 PM   #25
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I don't know exactly where to put this post; the two of you have shared so many interesting adventures from your trip but I think I'll follow Wildwatcher's lead and say thank you in this thread. It's one of my favorites.

Your photo and information tours are a pleasure to read and are presented in such a way that each one is a fun and informative experience. Each post generates a desire to see the next post. The personal perspectives and descriptions add to the rich visual display of natural beauty.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:38 PM   #26
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It's nice to hear the visuals we are sharing are stimulating the senses, perhaps luring others into the Shawnee wonderland.

While Equil's got her nose to the ground taking photos of much-rooms.
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My eyes are in the sky taking photos of........FLOATING LEAVES?
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Whooopsie...There he is!
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Oooooo another shelter cave...This one is only a 20 footer.
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And yet another.......A 40 foot shelter!
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A fire pit sure gives the cave a homey feeling.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:22 AM   #27
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Shawnee National Forest in Southern IL-p1000694.jpg
Below, A myriad of colors...Above, the adult buzzards circled.
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Ahhhhh Equill........ Where's the trail???
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I think it's over here........
It's not very traversed this time of the year but that's what makes it so nice.
NO waiting for tourists to get out of your nature shots!
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But there are signs they have been here.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:37 AM   #28
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Enjoy the view over head
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Take the time to notice the finer points
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Things at hip level
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The fruits
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and the seeds that lay at your feet.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:39 AM   #29
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When traversing country trails like this, wear hiking shoes.
DO NOT wear open back or flip flops. They can easily trip you up sending you forward or worse yet....over the edge of a cliff!

It is always a good idea to carry the basic emergence supplies...
WATER, WATER WATER, an extra camera chip, EXTRA BATTERIES! light weight food (Packets of dried fruits and nuts, Energy bars) matches or a lighter, Knife, compass (and know how to use it!) a signal mirror, flashlight, tissues (Just in case) band-aids for friction blisters,
a plastic bag large enough to cover your camera should it rain.

If you'd like....add a few luxuries, chap stick, sinus or headach pills, a walking stick.
Earlier in the year you might even like to include sunscreen and bug repellent.
HAPPY HIKING!
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:39 AM   #30
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"Now now WILDWATCHER! You sure are the spunky little bronco aren't you!" ~~Hey Havalotta, they don't give this avatar to 'just anybody'!

"If you're able to get away.... the same time we can get away.... maybe we could team up" ~~Hey Equilibrium, heck ya that sounds fun. I'll ask you next fall.

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