Feel like takin' a hike? Come on along!
Bill and I stopped at Burden Falls on the way to meet our hiking party.
Burden Falls consists of several waterfalls that converge into one.
The upper section of the falls.
Bill looks over the edge at the lower section of the falls.
On the edge of Burden Falls.
Burden Falls is in the Shawnee National Forest.
A fine April morning at Burden Falls.
The water from Burden Falls flows into the Saline R. and on to the Ohio R.
Well Bill, we better go meet the rest of the gang.
Goodbye to Burden Falls.
Hello to Camp Ondessonk.
Long time hiking buddies Suzanne & Bill haven't seen each other for a few years.
Glenda, Barbara, Suzanne, Dave, Jim, Mike & Bill are ready to roll, stomp & stroll.
Suzanne Smith is our hike leader for today. Thanks Suzanne!
We pass by some cabins on our way to Phantom Canyon.
Heading for Phantom Canyon.
It's a beautiful spring morning on April 4th, 2009.
Hiking in Phantom Canyon.
Suzanne says the canyon is haunted by the Phantom Horseman.
Phantom Horseman? Tell me more!
A Confederate rider lost his life attempting to flee down the canyon one night.
The horseman perished on the waterfalls at the head of the canyon.
The falls are just up ahead. Let's go see.
In Phantom Canyon you can hear the horseman moan in the still of the night.
Phantom Canyon Creek
The Phantom Canyon Gang
No Phantom Rider today but come back at night and tell me what you hear.
Today in Phantom Canyon all we could hear was falling water & calling birds.
Heading downstream we leave the haunted falls behind.
Whew! We all survived Phantom Canyon.
Let's get the heck out of here!
Here we pass by a good size overhanging sandstone bluff shelter.
Long ago trains ran through here and this path is the old railroad grade.
Now we head up onto Hogg's Bluff.
Suzanne leads us to our lunch spot.
Bill stops for a photo.
Everyone wants a look.
Barbara & Bill on Hogg's Bluff.
Plenty of seating available.
Hogg's Bluff is one of Suzanne's favorite spots.
Hogg's Bluff is practically surrounded by water.
Lunch break is over. Let's hike some more!
Coming down off of Hogg's Bluff.
That's Hogg's Bluff on the right.
See the turtles on the log?
Turtles sunning on a log.
That's Hogg's Bluff where we took our break.
It's a beautiful day!
The bluebells were blooming along Ozark Creek.
Now we're looking for the bloody Buffalo on the Rock.
We follow along Cedar Creek which was flowing clear and green.
Cedar Creek Pool
Bluffs along Cedar Creek.
Hiking in the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois.
Here's an impressive overhanging bluff shelter.
Now where's that bloody buffalo?
Look closely and you'll see the ocher colored Buffalo on the Rock.
The Buffalo on the Rock
The Bloody Buffalo
Bill by the Cascades
Looks like we have to get over there somehow boys.
Ozark Creek Cascades
One Cool Spot
Now we're at Cedar Falls and Bill is determined to get a good shot.
Determination pays off. Nice shot Bill! (Photo by Bill Bens)
See Mike and Barbara sitting over there?
CedarFalls flows to E. Fork of CedarCreek & OzarkCreek & then CedarCreek. Got it?
Cedar Falls is also called Lower Pakentuck Falls.
Don't look down.
Cedar Falls in the 'Shiny Natural Forest' (That's what my kids used to call the Shawnee NF)
Sittin' for a spell.
Trees fill the valley below & beyond Cedar Falls.
Jim, Mike & Bill taking full advantage of the soles on their hiking shoes.
Relaxing by the stream above the falls.
Happily sitting by the murmuring waters on a warm, sunny day.
Hey Suzanne, how do you like this hiking weather we're having?
A big thumbs up? I agree!
Bill & Suzanne up on Cedar Falls.
Let's go down below and have a look.
Barbara walks beneath the bluff behind the breeze blown waterfall.
Waterfall or Waterspout?
Cedar Falls pours off of a massive sandstone overhang with lots of space beneath.
Cedar Falls in the Shawnee NF @ Camp Ondessonk
Is that Bill back there?
Yep, that's Bill.
Cedar Falls a.k.a. Lower Pakentuck Falls
Cedar Falls on a great day in April!
Side View of Cedar Falls
Bill & Jim are up on the old jumping rock.
It looks inviting but there will be no jumping off today.
Bill & Jim are quite the explorers.
Sadly, it's all too true that folks have died after falling off of Cedar Falls.
No sad faces today. All happy hikers as we leave Cedar Falls behind.
Glenda & Barbara on the swinging bridge.
Here comes Jim.
Dave looks satisfied after a great day of hiking.
Heepwah! Suzanne says so long for now from Cedar Falls at Camp Ondessonk near Ozark, Illinois.
Last Look @ Cedar Falls