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Peggy Garner and I went to Turkey Run and Shades State Park with some friends from Missouri.  I have hiked in Missouri with them before. A couple of them even came to Isle Royale with me a couple of times.  I am posting a little late, so hope I can remember some of the details.

Pre planning, some were going to do the ladder trails specifically and the others are heading out for the suggested trails that are not flooded or closed.

Gathering again outside of the Lodge to make sure everyone is here that was coming.

Going down, at the end of the hike we will also be coming back up.

We will be putting a couple of benches on the Interpretive Trail at Starved Rock, looking for ideas for the plaques that we want to put on them.

Spring Wildflowers were just starting. Hepatica

These tiny flowers are hard to photograph with my Cool pix camera. Harbinger of Spring

We walked along the Sugar Creek for quite a while.  This creek was high, but as far as creeks go, this is one of the widest creeks I have ever seen.  They go rafting here in the Spring/Summer time.

Loved seeing this waterfall

Virginia Bluebells were peeking out of the duff.

I love big trees.  Oh the stories they could tell.....

Narrows Covered Bridge in the distance

Trail markings, as long as you knew which way you came from you were ok.

There were waterfalls everywhere.

The trails weren't as slippery as I thought they would be.

A view one direction from the bridge, looking out on Sugar Creek

Looking the other way out of the bridge towards Narrows Road bridge

The map had us crossing this stream a few times, but it was more like 10 or so.  Good thing Peggy and I wore our knee high rubber boots.

Grave marker by the Lusk Home

They do have tours here as I understand, however I have been here twice and it was not open.

We were a few days early for the Prairie Trillium

I think this is a remnant of the Indian Pipe. This is a totally white flower that blooms late summer.  This plant has no chlorophyl

Bloodwort, If it was a sunny day, we would have caught a few open. It rained most of the day.

So glad I had my rubber boots on.

If you missed the stairs....

We all stayed off the closed trails

This WAS the trail.  Again, I was glad that I had my rubber boots on. It made for a very pleasant hike through the water.

One of our group members is a very talented photographer.  We met him coming the opposite direction

A strange to me white nodding trillillum

Yes this is the trail.  Turkey Run has ladders.  I was a little leary at first, but I just went slow.  Peggy and Bruce also wanted to do the ladders, so off we went.

Bruce coming down.  yes we did get a little spray from the waterfall. But it was worth it!

There were a series of ladders on this trail 3-4 I think.

The rest of the group continued on the trail

Peggy coming down into Bear Hollow

We were then walking in the creek where we saw a series of waterfalls

This area was called the Ice Box.  We did not go down into it as it started to rain harder. 

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This post isn't a hike but an adventure.  This is my 3rd rumble and love every aspect of it.  Loved it just as much as my 1st and 2nd rumble.  Enjoy the photos.

Loading all the kayaks and canoes on the trailers

First night in Keosauqua Iowa.  Guess which one is mine?  "Summer Shandy!"

The town brought a band in and we had a street dance.

I love this bench

Looking for sign ideas for a trail at Starved Rock Walker's Club Trail

My camp sent up

1 nights view from my tent

Yes that was my mattress, and yes it did fit in my tent.  Perfect!

One of the shops in town

This was a bank in an antique shop

The fire department organized a bar-b-que chicken dinner

Our camping area at a distance

Looking up the Des Moines River

Waiting for the group meeting to get on the river.  Connor and Art

Almost ready to go

Waiting in a stream for everyone to get on the river

Nice tree house along the way. 

Damsel fly just hanging out.

Some of the rumblers brought the music.  Love it!

Walking around town I saw these flowers

Happy Birthday to my daughter Kayla

The morning briefing. 

Owen, he was the "Go getter" in this town. When we arrived he was renting his bike to rumblers for some extra $$.  He also would go on runs for ice, so we could stay at camp.  He made about $45.  We to go Owen!

hummingbird's nest

Nancy, we met last year at the Rumble.  It's always nice to see someone from the past rumbles

The lead canoe. 

Waiting to get in

We went under this railroad bridge as the train was going over.  A little weird

Old bridge, we could walk over it. The new one was right beside it.

new bridge in the distance

The Rumbler band performed tonight

Everyone had a great time listening to the Rumbler band

I try to get sunrise and sunset photos.  Sometimes we have great ones.  This trip there was very few.  Sunrise.

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