A RUGGED Hike

Buffy and I walked along a single lane country road until we came to a gate at the end of it. We veered off into the woods and gradually went down hill. Then the hill dropped more … and then more. I hadn’t hiked here in a long time and ended up taking the long way down the hill as it grew steeper and rockier.

We were greeted as we came around and under a small overhang.

He was a friendly-looking spirit. I couldn’t believe how many times I’ve sat under the overhang just to the left of him and never noticed how the rocks looked like a head!

Sandstone with iron banding created so many different patterns.

The softer sandstone eroded away, leaving the iron patterns. These are called liesegang bands and are common in certain areas of southern Illinois.

It would be interesting to know exactly what caused the resulting patterns.

Buffy took time from her exploring to enjoy the scenery, while I took pictures.

Obviously, this tree had a challenging life growing against the ledge. It’s been dead a long time. The top was gone and the trunk hollow. Knocking with my fist on the hollow area above the hole produced deep drumming sound. It wasn’t very loud but still enjoyable.

This row of rocks was just above the short bluff below where we had just been. This cavity was so big that my best friend and I both sat in one time, facing each other.

This shows the line of rock and the small boulders at this end. The word dramatic describes this whole area.

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but I was standing in a water course where water runs off during heavy rains. To say the hill is steep is an understatement. Walking was difficult in this whole area because of the up and downs, and all the rocks. The hill dropped off dramatically from just below where we were most of the time. According to a topo map, it sloped downward 80-100 feet into a narrow ravine. We didn’t go down.

I took one last picture before starting the hike back to the truck.

Lunch sure tasted good when we got home after that strenuous hike. A short nap sure felt good. That’s how you know you had a good day.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. WOAH! That tree that was growing up the ledge is really neat!

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    • I don’t see how it could grow like that with the rocks changing its shape so dramatically. I don’t remember exactly, but I think the tree was at least 4 feet wide there and quite thin too.

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  2. Great pictures! Interesting rock formations and I like how the tree has grown into the rocks.

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  3. Posted by Therese on November 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Stunning photos! You know I love rocks. Well, I’m tired from your hike. Going to go stretch out on the couch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. I found you from Caleephotography. Saw your blog name and clicked. You have wonderful photos. These are interesting and educational. And your chocolate lab is pretty. A well cared for dog- it readily shows.

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    • Glad you visited my blog and enjoyed my pictures. Buffy and I have such a good time on our outings. My kids are grown and none of the grandkids live close. So Buffy fills the void. She’s overly friendly and at 95 pounds, she could protect if need be.

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  5. I love the patterns in the sandstone. I don’t think we have it here in NH-just tons and tons of granite.

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