Even though it was an overcast day, the temps were in the low 30s. The trails were still pretty icy, so I ended up leaving my big camera in my backpack most of the time I hiked. I kept my phone zipped in my vest pocket for easy access & quick snaps. I'm glad I did that, because, well, I took a big spill and went sliding down a steep trail, putting on a nice show for the other hikers in the vicinity. Thankfully, years of practice (general klutziness & horsemanship) taught me how to fall correctly (yes, there IS a way to do it! Sometimes.), and I didn't really get hurt, just a bit bruised.
Anyways. The eagles were out also, and I was lucky enough to get up close to this beauty:
|Bald eagle @ Starved Rock State Park 1/31/2015|
|Ice climbers @ Wildcat Canyon, Starved Rock State Park 1/31/2015|
|One of many sets of stairs I climbed on my 6-mile hike.|
|The ICY trail down into French Canyon -- I turned around and took another way in!|
|View of the top of French Canyon -- there were 2 ice climbers who got caught by Park Service staff. Oops.|