Hi everyone! Today if officially the husband and my first anniversary! Are you getting sick of it yet? Good, because later there will be a part three, and then even later I’ll be writing a post reminiscing of our wedding day, full out with pictures of our beautiful beach wedding! I will very much enjoy writing this post
Starved Rock was breath-taking. I can’t believe it was Shane’s first time there! As I said in my previous post, we left right after the Walk for the Mind celebration. The drive up to Starved rock was super short! Like only an hour. I thought it was farther away. Or it could have been my speed demon husband…
Either way, I was excited to be there!
When we got there, we grabbed our back pack full of picnic food and started hiking on the trails:
I can’t believe we were still in Illinois. It’s so beautiful and so astounding that I felt like I was somewhere out west! The first half of the hike, we climbed up to many beautiful cliffs:
Where ever we go, Shane’s always the “map guy” hehe
Yeah, my booty was burrrrning as we climbed!
Today was definitely not a rest day like I had planned After about a couple hours, we broke for lunch, and had our own little picnic here:
For some reason I thought it’d be romantic to make our sandwiches there? Yeah, should have pre-made them at home. Not only were bugs buzzing around my as I tried to spread the preserves on the bread, but Shane had to carry the jars, bread, plus all the fruit and bars I packed! hehe. Sorry, honey!
I had a sandwich:
And a gala:
And felt MUCH better.
Then we made our way back down, to look at some amazing canyons. I like going down into the canyons better than onto the cliffs, but that’s just me:
I told Shane to "pretend" he was scaling the rock, and then he actually scaled on up there! haha
Our last trail was the one to go see the actual Starved Rock:
It was beautiful. Shane goes, “yep, it’s just one big ass rock!” lol One b
ig ass – beautiful – rock.
I’d worn the Garmin just to see our mileage in the amount of time we had.
It’d be a lot further if it could calculate vertical feet! haha
And somewhere along our hike, “outside of the park,” Shane gave me another gift. He said he hadn’t given me my paper gift yet. So somewhere in the small town we are staying, we found a place, and he carved our wedding date into a small cut down stump (Don’t worry, the tree had already been cut down, and all that was left was a stump.)
Awww <3 And yes, it says 9-27
By this time we were ready to quit hiking and get onto the winery! Let me tell you, this winery had THE best wine I’ve ever tasted! I think I’ll write about the winery and write about the wedding in one post later tonight, thus limiting my wedding posts to three, haha!
Ok, gotta go! We have to pack up and head home now!
Have you visited somewhere near where you live that makes you feel like you’re thousands of miles from home?