I’d seen a picture of it last winter on a local media website, from the comments I could tell it was more than just hidden, it’s location was protected! “You turn down such and such road and take a left, haha!” How ’bout a big NOPE!! “I’ve been there, it’s completelywrongdirection…” It seemed all were wanting to be sure it stayed hidden, but you know me!!
I’d spent a lot of time in the area when I was in highschool, so while I wasn’t sure where it was, I definitely knew where it wasn’t!! I ended up drawing a map of all the wrongly said locations and drew a big circle in the middle. This was where I’d find the hidden gem!! I first drove too far, but knew almost immediately that I did. Turned around, turned off the radio, rolled down the window, and listened. My ear told me I was close, but I couldn’t see how it was possible. Then it hit me… I’d driven over 3 bridges, it was under me!!!
I pulled over and my daughter and I walked toward the sound. She looked at me as if to read my mind. This was a spot where I will definitely be sure to bring a rope next time. It’s a steep and difficult trek down into the creek bottom, but getting in was the easy part. Even though I’m 5’5″, I had to drop in from about 2 feet.
We found this limb to get us part way down. I briefly felt the sting of the scrape on my arm before my eyes beheld the wow in the pictures below!!
We couldn’t believe all of this was there!! Absolutely breathtaking beauty!
But, like I said, getting in was easy! Getting out, not so much! My daughter is much more sure-footed than I when climbing up, so she usually goes first and I attempt to do what she did.
This is me being directed at hand placement.
Definitely a great find and I promise to keep it’s location an Illinois secret, but that doesn’t mean I won’t blindfold my friends and drag them along on a hot summer day! Props to the guy who photographed it in the winter. He’s a braver soul than I.
Note to self… Put that rope back in the truck!!