Mother Goose in the Giant City

As I strolled the streets of Giant City, my mind continually trailed back to the thought, “Abe Lincoln could have possibly walked through these narrow ways…” Indeed it was an idea to ponder as we hiked and explored this unique state park in southern Illinois on Saturday.

A geological wonder... wait...what's this tiny little warning sign say?

A geological wonder… wait…what’s this tiny little warning sign say?

Poisonous snakes!  Omigooseness, we won't be exploring the Fat-Man Squeeze!

Poisonous snakes! Omigooseness, we won’t be exploring the Fat-Man Squeeze!

Here's AnnaRose having heavy thoughts about the monoliths all around her.

Here’s AnnaRose having heavy thoughts about the monoliths all around her.

Ancient civilizations made their abode here, carving arrowheads out of the rocks and cooking smores in these caves.

Ancient civilizations made their abode here, carving arrowheads out of the rocks and cooking smores in these caves.

We strolled through the narrow alleys until we were nearly lost.  Oh wait, we DID get lost!

We strolled through the narrow alleys until we were nearly lost. Oh wait, we DID get lost!

This boulder has been balancing for at least 10,000 years.

This boulder has been balancing for at least 10,000 years.

The moss and ferns were so lush on one side of the street, bare rock on the other.

The moss and ferns were so lush on one side of the street, bare rock on the other.

We were shocked to see graffiti from the 1800's.  Mom always said, "Fools names and fools faces are always found in foolish places..."

We were shocked to see graffiti from the 1800’s. Mom always said, “Fools names and fools faces are always found in foolish places…”

An ideal hike for thin people like Jessi.

An ideal hike for thin people like Jessi.

These sheer stone walls, probably built by ancient aliens...

These sheer stone walls, probably built by ancient aliens…

Four of my tiny offspring.

Four of my tiny offspring.

Mother Goose always hikes with her stylish fabric sandals...

Mother Goose always hikes with her stylish fabric sandals…

Thank you gentleman Ben for helping your mother down from the big rocks!

Thank you gentleman Ben for helping your mother down from the big rocks!

Located just a few miles outside of Carbondale, Giant City State Park is 4,000 acres of rugged and beautiful terrain. Our hike only covered one mile of the great geological wonders — plan to stay all day to enjoy the full array of rocky structures. Maybe next time we’ll do a little rappelling off the Devil’s Standtable…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 14:36:35

    My mom’s version of the saying was: “A fool’s name is like his face; always seen in a public place”. Funny!
    Looks like a lot of energy is needed for this outing!

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  2. Three Well Beings
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 22:10:47

    What a wonderful place! I would love the rock climbing, but I would have my sturdy shoes! 🙂 Fun to be with family in the outdoors, for certain!

    Reply

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