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What makes the waterfall light up?  The angle of the sun, or were lights installed in back of it? 

That makes me think of Howe Caverns in upper New York state, one of Mama's and my destinations for her August vacation when I was probably 7 or 8.  They'd done a great job not only providing enough lighting for tour groups to see where they were going without ruining the ambience, but illuminating the really stunning formations, too.  It was a pretty magical place for kids--and grown-ups, too, I suspect. aww



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Time exposures make falling water look brighter. And there are no artificial lights. It's a natural rock formation and sunlight gets into those box canyons, at certain times of the day when the sun angle is high in summertime, but not all that much.

It's two hours from Chicago. Been there many times. Took my first wife there a lot, because it was the most scenic spot within a short driving distance from the city and suburbs. Spent a weekend there with Lucinda in 2007 and did a lot of hiking and stair-climbing, but the Illinois River was extremely high and had flooded some of the trails along the riverbank.

I'm lucky to live in a place that is not as flat as Illinois. Places like Starved Rock are rare there, but common here. We have a national park less than an hour southeast of our house, and it has places like the image above...lots of them. Southern Ohio is just a couple of hours away and is even more scenic and rugged. We've camped and hiked down there. Stayed in a caboose a few years ago.

While I was in junior high (in March of 1960), there was an infamous triple murder at Starved Rock, in a canyon similar to the one above. A  park employee killed three women who were there to do some bird-watching and hiking. Since they had grown children and husbands, were around fifty years old, and were well-to-do, all the Chicago papers insisted on calling them "matrons"...it was a different world then, and a lot more stuffy and starchy.

The guy confessed and got life in prison. He is still alive, and has now spent 57 years behind bars, which is not even close to being a record.

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I agree Kitty. The waterfall looks like the photo has been touched up? Of course Charlies idea sounds likely too.

Looks very beautiful and serene.

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All I remember for sure about Mama's August vacations after Daddy died, she had to get a secretarial job at Trenton State Hospital, and I moved in with her parents, were the first couple years when she'd drive up as she did almost every weekend year round. That time she'd spend her first vacation week helping my Grands around and about their house.  After that, it was back to Trenton for nearly a week to visit friends, along with, always, Fritz the dachshund at Mary and Jessie's house.  Mary was a nurse at Trenton State Hospital, so I suppose that's how Mama and Daddy knew them.  They had a somewhat older doxie named Lumpy, and he and Fritz enjoyed each other's companionship for longer than ever expected.

Mama and I always stayed at the Stacy Trent Hotel, which in my very young estimation was indescribably posh.

She and I ventured farther afield summers after that.



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KittyBiggerstaff wrote:

What makes the waterfall light up?  The angle of the sun, or were lights installed in back of it? 

That makes me think of Howe Caverns in upper New York state, one of Mama's and my destinations for her August vacation when I was probably 7 or 8.  They'd done a great job not only providing enough lighting for tour groups to see where they were going without ruining the ambience, but illuminating the really stunning formations, too.  It was a pretty magical place for kids--and grown-ups, too, I suspect. aww


 The photo has probably been touched up and there is nothing wrong with that. It is like a lass putting on her make up; an improvement on perfection.

Central Wales is full of worn out slate mines and unemployment and the locals have fitted the workings out with lights and coffee shops and  Cymrian folk tales that they probably lifted straight from John Ford's How Green was my Valley. And it all comes together to painlessly extract modests sums from the tourists who are happy to be pleasantly fleeced.

 



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KidCharlieMane wrote:

It's two hours from Chicago. Been there many times. Took my first wife there a lot, because it was the most scenic spot within a short driving distance from the city and suburbs. Spent a weekend there with Lucinda in 2007 and did a lot of hiking and stair-climbing, but the Illinois River was extremely high and had flooded some of the trails along the riverbank.


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Starved Rock is about 45 miles from Yorkville where I went to elementary school which made it the goto for field trips every year. Beautiful place.

https://cdn.citl.illinois.edu/courses/aiiopcmpss/StarvedRock/



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