My wife wanted to go somewhere for a day. She looked at those close by spots and found Apple River Canyon State Park,
At the base of an impressive cliff on the bank of the Apple River
A set of very impressive gates on the Galena levee
The biggest surprise of all was waiting for us south of Galena. We had some time to kill so we wandered out of town and spied a small sign pointing the way to something called Chestnut Mountain.
Three state view from a surprisingly good vantage point
Big fun on the alpine slide
Next time you want a day trip, go to that spot on the map 65 miles away that you have been ignoring forever. It might just surprise you. It sure did for me.