In our travels covering Southern Illinois I have often written of places we have seen within the Shawnee National Forest. More than 280,000 acres of that forest lie in rough unglaciated areas of southern Illinois known as the Ozark and Shawnee hills. John and I decided that there was still a lot of the Shawnee Forest we needed to see yet, which prompted us to take another road trip over the roads of southern Illinois yesterday. And again we found the scenery quite spectacular with rolling hills, meadows and forests dotted with blooming dogwood and red bud trees. Flowering azaleas, iris, and wisteria are also contributing now to the springtime beauty. At Bell Smith Springs we saw a fairly large patch of wild flowers.
day was at Millstone Bluff Trail. John is pictured below standing in front of the bluff with his grandson Nathan. The baby has been a good traveler this past week, as long as we keep the car moving!