This is Kind of Pretty

maria | September 7, 2013 | COMMENTS:Comments Closed
The view from Starved Rock Lock

The view from Starved Rock Lock

Beginning Location: Ottawa, IL
Ending Location: Henry, IL
Miles Traveled: 46
Locks: 1
Weather: Hot with a brief rain shower
Stayed at: Henry Harbor Marina ($30 night)

Up to this point, the trip down the rivers has been either ugly or boring. We’ve been treated to lots of heavy industry with a side of woods and farmland for variety. Today we went through one of the prettiest parts of Illinois, the Starved Rock area.

Because we live and die by wifi (or at least 4G) access, we planned to spend the weekend in Henry, IL near Maria’s family in Princeton. Maria’s cousin Dianna offered us use of her car and the internet at their home so Bruce could teach his seminars on Sunday and Monday night.

With just a short wait at Starved Rock Lock (there is no place to tie up here, so Loopers should call from Starved Rock Marina), we were in Henry by the time the day really started to heat up at 3:30. Fortunately, Henry Harbor Marina takes slip payments in their bar, so we ordered a slip and two beers!

That evening, we “explored” the very small town of Henry, IL and ate dinner at a Polish owned Italian restaurant. Bruce had spaghetti, Maria had pierogies and we met an interesting family of Polish immigrants who somehow found themselves in Illinois farm country.

Maria holding the line at Starved Rock Lock

The cliffs at Buffalo Rock State Park
The cliffs at Buffalo Rock State Park


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