Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Frozen Waterfalls

Bunny here at the keyboard sharing our first adventure of the new year.

Some of you may remember that Morgan and I really wanted to hike back into Saint Louis Canyon in Starved Rock State Park this winter to see the frozen waterfall.  It was one of our big goals for hiking this year.  We'd planned to go on New Year's Day, but Mom and Dad were both sick, so we went on Sunday instead. 

I have to say that we chose our timing perfectly.  We had our third snowiest December in history here.  We've had more than seventeen inches of snow total for the month.  Then, on Thursday and Friday it warmed up.  As a matter of fact, Friday it was almost sixty degrees and we had crazy thunderstorms, although we were spared the tornados that they had to the South of us.  All that rain washed the snow right away.  Then on Saturday and Sunday, it got cold and freezing again.

Hiking through the canyon was more treacherous than usual.  Lots of places were solid ice.  Combine that with a cliff off to the side and it did make us proceed with quite a bit of caution.  As a matter of fact, Dad even fell once.  Sorry, no photos of that this time, but one of these days soon, I'll get one.

We were surprised that lots of people decided to hike down the canyon with dogs.  We saw more dogs there than I think we ever have before.  It was pretty cool to see so many people enjoying nature with their pups in the New Year.  Morgan would like it to be known that she was the only dog on the trails with no coat on. 

After we hiked and skated our way down the trail, we finally got to the waterfall.  Let me tell you, it was worth all that slipping and sliding!  I am so glad we made it down there.  It was like seeing something from a magical realm. 

We even shot a short movie so you could hear what it sounds like as the water falls down the ice.  It's still hard to believe that any sort of violence could happen in such a pristine place.  We really felt like it was a good sign that 2011 will bring all sorts of wonderful and magical experiences.

Dad was so impressed that he thought about taking off work on Monday and going back.  It was just that cool, no pun intended!  So, who else is accomplishing their goals for the new year?

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  1. The waterfall is so glorious!!


  2. What an amazingly beautiful place! And something we would never get to see her in So. Cal. Thanks, Bunny, for sharing!

  3. Beautiful! Now we know why Dad likes Morgan to wear red. It matches his coat!

  4. Wow - it's too pretty to be real! Glad you shared the pictures! :)

    (ALL dogs had coats except Morgan? How cold was it?)

  5. Hi everyone,

    Firstly, Max just wants to say that he hasn't got any sense out of JD since JD saw the comment from Morgan about a new year's smooch - JD's been floating around on cloud 9 and sighing romantically ever since!

    Those photos are just so beautiful - we sure hope your dad person goes back as we'd love to see more! Thanks for sharing them - we felt like we were on that walk with you which was wonderful!

    Schnauzer snuggles - JD (sigh......!!) and Max

  6. The frozen waterfall is gorgeous! What an awesome place to take pictures!!!

  7. It sure is a beautiful place, thanks for showing us, and to think we where both at waterfalls at the same time!!!
    Miles a part.
    See Yea George xxx

  8. Wow, amazing! Until we saw the picture of you all standing in front of the waterful, we thought it was a lot smaller!
    Did you know that you and your humans were color coordinated?
    Keep up with accomplishing your goals so early in the New Year.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  9. Oh big woofs! That is tail chasing fantastic!! Oh boy Bunny, I am ever so glad you shared that with us. Can I get a woof, woof?!?!

    Big Slurps, HoneyBuzz

    Pee. S. I loves your pink coat!!

  10. What an amazing frozen waterfall. Well worth the hike.

    Morgan is very brave to go coat-less...but I guess GSD's have big strong double coats to cope with the cold.

    Sorry to hear your mum and dad were poorly on New Year's Day. Glad to see they are fit and ready to go on more adventures with you again.

    Love and licks Winnie xx

  11. What amazing adventures you all have. It would all be a bit much for me, but I do enjoy reading about them and looking at the pictures. Franklin, on the other paw, wants to go visit you for an extended stay. He thinks you're all beautiful and he says he'd love to be an adventure doggy.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  12. Wow, that is impressive! I would be slipping and sliding all over. There is no way I could walk there.

  13. Those pictures are breathtaking! I can only imagine what it looked like in person!

    We haven't accomplished any of our goals yet! Opps:)

  14. How awesome. Was that where the murder took place ?

  15. Breathtaking photos - and we love how you match your peeps!!

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

  16. One, two, three ...oh, sorry that was just me doing a couple of push ups. Just trying to build some upper body strength - I here it helps you run faster. BOL!

    Starved Rock is a super cool place. We have only been in the spring and summer, but these pictures are beautiful!

    Your pal, Pip

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  18. Angus said...
    How awesome. Was that where the murder took place ?
    January 4, 2011 6:07 AM

    Yes, back in March of 1960.

    Mr. Taleteller.

  19. WOW!!!
    Great pictures!
    You are truly adventurous!

  20. that was beyond BREATHTAKING! I have never seen anything like that! Reminded me of stalactites in caves!

    Loved the video as well! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I love the family photo! What amazing photos - I would love to visit that place!

  22. You has to be kiddin me!!!!!! No piktures of da great fall???? Well dis was just a worthless post.
    Dat is one humongous icicle! Wonders if my tongue would stick to it.

    Poor Pip:)


  23. Morgan was the only one without a coat. You tell her that it must be that she was the toughest dog on the trail!

    Gorgeous waterfall, really amazing. You did choose a perfect day. Do you ever ponder how moving water freezes? I do every winter. I haven't figured it out yet.

    Around here, crazy climbers sabatoge a water pipeline that feeds the city to put a big leak in it. The result is a rush of water down into a canyon - a manmade waterfall. Then those crazy people don ice climbing gear and climb up the waterfall. Absolutely insane. I think that the "authorities" have plugged all the leaks this year but who knows?

    I'd say, visit that beauty again!

  24. That waterfall do be furry pawsome and I is rilly digging that last group pikshure of all of you. Your waterfall woz more frozened up than mine woz on Noo Years Day. You knows those tornaders south of you? Where they hitted in Sunset Hills, MO woz 1/2 mile from my gramma's howse! Gramma saw a mattress fly ofur her roof! She sayed it do be way skeery. Anywho, about those claws fur hoomans wot your mom woz checking out... Mom sayed to tell you last year she used Yaktrax. They cost about 1/2 the green papers as Kahtoola Microspikes but the microspikes be WAY better. It woz trooly amazing coz mom ALWAYS falls on her behind and she did not fall one time. Mom woz akshually walking 3 miles per hour on ice - that do be a normal pace. And yes, she has fallened with the Yaktrax on.

  25. Oh my gosh, so amazing. I have got to get out of Bloomington, IL and journey up to the frozen waterfall. Never even knew it existed, but I can tell it is something I need to go see for sure. Thanks for sharing, the cool things I am missing in my own state of Illinois. :)

  26. That is sooooo cool!! Did you lick it?? I'd totally lick it!

    Way to go Morgan, we don't need no stinkin' coats, although sometimes I wish we did so I could be fashionable. Oh well!

    Great family portrait!!

  27. WOW!!! Tht waterfall is just stunning. Well worth the walk to see it.

  28. That frozen waterfall is amazing!! It is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

  29. It's beautiful. I found it cool that you and George went to a waterfall at the same time.. Thanks for the pics.

  30. Nature's beautiful, don't you think? Either if it's cold as heck or warm as... yeah! The last group photo is an A-grade Christmas card cover! Too bad it's over!

  31. Oh wow, I can see why he thought of taking the day off. Those falls are just breathtaking! I am so glad you got to see them first hand.

    That family photo is adorable!

  32. That waterfall just took my breaths away!!! And just WHY was Missy Morgan the ONLY one out there WITHOUT a COAT???? She needs to make a SIGN... Defenseless Dawg being Abused HERE.

  33. That is SO cool! Absolutely beautiful

  34. I'm not accomplishing a thing - I'm having too much fun living vicariously through you! Definitely worth a sick day! :)

  35. That was inkhredible!!!

    Thanks fur sharing it with the snowless iceless ones ;-)


  36. We see the humans color coordinated their clothes:)

    That was so cool - bet it was a slippery walk though. We had a sort of waterfall outside our yard today. Some silly human worker at the house behind us left the outside faucet running overnight at the very least. Mom heard it flowing down the hill this morning when she let us out. It was dark and she couldn't imagine what it was - once daylight appeared, she could see and trudged over to turn it off. Ciara was disappointed - she almost had a puddle for some mudpies.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  37. So beootiful!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  38.! I have never ever seen anything like that before. Gosh, it is just Most Beautiful. I did get a little bit skeered seeing you all standing under it like that. I mean, what if it all melted at once and then you'd get all kinds of WET! (Shudder!)

    I'm awfully glad you had such a good time. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  39. Beautiful! Although I'll think I'll stick to my warm weather.

  40. What a fantastical place!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  41. Wow!! Those waterfalls are amazing, and I love that first shot of Morgan. You are all such pretty girls. I'm glad you enjoyed your first adventure of the new year!

  42. Wow! That is amazing! It looks like it belongs on the North Pole!

  43. What an AMAZING place!!!

    I missed you all while I was away. How is everyone feeling???


  44. Beautiful beautiful pictures!!! It looked almost unreal!!
    Poor Morgan and Bunny, I'll bet they had cold feet!!!
    I have always had cats and dogs together with no trouble ever!! They always end up loving each other!!
    xx, Bambi & Fern

  45. Wow, it even looks amazing in the snow. We will have to get ourselves over there one day.

  46. Beautiful hike. What a way to start the new year.

  47. Fantastic! Oh my goodness! Thanks for sharing :)

    Emma Rose

  48. That is the most impressive thing I've ever seen!
    I understand you Dad wanted to go back again!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Kisses and hugs

  49. So beautiful.

    We took a hike to Silver Falls State Park and the ice was amazing. We didn't take any of our dogs because the trail is restricted.

    I won't tell them that you got to go, they'd be jealous.

  50. We had the same insane weather too. First white Christmas in forever and then thunderstorms!


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