We chatted quite some time. He stood barefooted on the grass, a simple sweater over a white t-shirt. He'd come 60 miles so far on his journey of a thousand miles.
View from inside French Canyon
Boardwalks and stairs are built to protect the fragile landscape comprised of limestone, sandstone and poison ivy.
Everything is so green already. It rained the entire time I camped there. Campsites are 25 bucks each, tent or trailer, doesn't matter. Electric is available at all the sites and the bath house has two showers.
The sets of stairs and many miles of trails provided a great work out.
Starved_Rock_State_Park is full of legends and Native American History.
I shared one of my favorite axiom's with my new hiker friend, who has never backpacked before beginning his momentous journey: Never Quit in the Rain.
This morning as I packed up and headed out, I saw his little orange tent was still there.