is this illinois?
Except for up in the far northwest corner and way down south, the topography of Illinois can be described in one word- yawn.
However, a recent assignment took me to a place that I didn’t realize existed in the Land of Lincoln- whitewater rapids.
On the Vermillion River about 2 hours southwest of Chicago, near Starved Rock State Park, is a place that flat forgot. Starved Rock itself is amazing but the Vermillion adds a bit more spice to the area.
The Wildcat Rapids only exist for about three months of the year but they are pretty spectacular. Rated as a class 3 or 4, the rapids, made a bit scarier by a recent landslide, take rafters on a ride that Six Flags’ patrons are envious of.
I, along with a handful of water snakes (see previous post), spent a recent Sunday afternoon on the edge of the rapids. It was a blast.
Most of the challengers escaped the ride with a good rinsing but those that tried to get fancy ended up with a full on bath.
For some more images from the shoot go HERE.