Route 66 update:  Canyon Creek (and we) make the news again

Hello again, fellow roadies!  Okay, so we weren’t surprised that our posts about the Hancock building’s TILT experience or the Sears Tower’s Ledge were so popular, given that those tourist sights are plenty popular on their own.  But the one about charming little Canyon Creek – ?  Who knew that there were so many people out there who cared about the fate of a previously nameless little rivulet that was no longer a name-orphan?  WOW.  Let’s hear it for natural waterfalls and cascades!  For that matter, a big shout-out to Wilderness and Mother Nature.

The Darien area Suburban Life newspaper’s Danny Ciamprone was the first to cover the story, back in May.  This time, the Chicago Tribune’s Suburban Trib west suburban bureau caught up over the July 4th weekend, thanks to freelancer Joan Cary.  We’re grateful to both papers for the coverage, but really, our thanks go to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names for accepting our proposed names.  Now, Canyon Creek, its east and west branches and its cascade and waterfall can be known to all.

Canyon Creek Falls  (Photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)

Canyon Creek Falls, Waterfall Glen FP  (Photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)

One teensy note:  the Trib did have to issue a correction a few days later, however, because they mistakenly labeled a photo of the cascade as one of the falls.  Whoops.  Here’s a hint:  waterfalls usually drop straight down, whereas cascades are more like water flowing down a series of steps (see close-up).  Right?

Canyon Creek Cascade  (Photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)

Canyon Creek Cascade from the east bank  (Photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)

For those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, Joe, Keith and I got to name the creek and four of its physical features, all of which are in the southwest corner of Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in DuPage County.  That’s the preserve that wraps all the way around Argonne National Laboratory.  The creek and its natural features are all in a pristine, hard-to-reach area of the park that hasn’t been trampled or soiled with trash, thank heavens … and you probably need help from one of the naturalists or rangers to find it.  Canyon Creek Falls is worth seeing: it’s the only natural waterfall in all of DuPage County  If you’re willing to go there on a relatively dry day so that you don’t slide down the steep slope, have climbing rope, and bring your hiking boots and a hiking stick to keep your balance, you get to see a beautiful little falls and cascade up close.  Most people never get to experience that.

Only two requests:  PLEASE don’t litter the area, and please leave your dogs at home.  The small but steep ravine through which the creek flows really isn’t meant for dogs, leashed or otherwise.  And some advice:  wear long pants tucked into your boots and some really good insect repellent – you’ll need both.  There are BIG mosquitoes out there this year, plus ticks (which carry Lyme disease) as well as poison ivy and poison oak.  Doesn’t hurt to glance at your scout manual before leaving, so that you can identify those plants and avoid them.  Unless you actually enjoy the prospect of itching like the dickens.

Until next time,
The proud parents (Marie, Joe and Keith)



2 thoughts on “Route 66 update:  Canyon Creek (and we) make the news again

  1. Now why am I not surprised to learn others also recognize the talent you three share?  Where others talk the talk, you good folks walk the walk.  I am honored to be your friend as well as follower.
    Keep raising the bar ever higher for all of us.


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