2022 US Trip – Day 14 (Chicago – Waterfallgate)

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Scott, Deb and I were refreshed with gossip, food and drink and so were planning to do something in the afternoon around Chicago. I had no specific ideas, but thought it might be rather lovely to go somewhere that I couldn’t usually reach with public transport. Then I saw that Waterfall Glen was well reviewed as a nature reserve, so I expected something like the above photo, which is Niagara Falls.

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We were able to park for free in the large car park and so we set off, with me promising that this was genuinely a short walk and not 100 miles. Have I mentioned that I walked 100 miles?

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I tried to make it look as though I had been walking through woodlands, although I obviously wasn’t as I imagine that this was packed with snakes ready to jump out at me. I’ve been watching TikTok videos of a snake catcher in Australia and I feel that I’m getting more ready to tackle any snake that surprises me, but I don’t feel ready yet to go hunting them.

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This wasn’t quite the thundering tributary that I had been expecting.

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Some trees. I don’t know what they are and this isn’t a nature blog anyway.

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I might have uploaded this photo to Facebook to suggest that we had walked 6.5 miles which it’s fair to say would be a slight exaggeration.

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I could almost heard the thundering waterfall now and I was pleased to have navigated us to the right spot. I was wondering whether there might be a cafe at this major tourist attraction.

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I was sceptical that the waterfall was going to be quite as thundering as I had expected given that the river was mostly dried up.

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Here’s the puddle that the waterfall was cascading down from.

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I had expected more white water from the waterfall that was coming crashing down. There was no cafe.

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And here is the waterfall. It’s not exactly Niagara Falls is it?

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I did wonder whether it might be more appropriate to rename Waterfall Glen into Trickledown Glen.

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The landscape after years of being bombarded by the trickle of water gently caressing the rock.

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Here’s the information panel and I note that the creators of this site originally called it Rocky Glen. Yes, this is more bloody appropriate than Waterfall Glen. I didn’t say anything though, I wouldn’t want to upset the locals who might be proud of their collection of puddles.