Shawnee National Forest

Illinois Iron Furnace, a one of a kind history in the Shawnee National Forest

Last year I came close to seeing the iron furnace, but no cigar! The road to the furnace looked like it was running out of pavement and there was a big dip that we would have to cross, Rose Hammitt, my travel buddy and I chickened out and never made it that trip south. This […]

Garden of the Gods, a holy place indeed.

The Garden of the Gods is easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It may not have been named with any religious thoughts in mind, but when looking at the valley spread below the rocky cliffs God’s handiwork is crystal clear. Tucked into the Shawnee Forest, that encompasses 280,000 acres of […]