Monthly Archives: July 2008

Fox River Lighthouse

jprphotos_jgardens This white octagonal lighthouse sits  on the shore of the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois.  It was built by the Fabyan’s on their riverside estate approximately, 1905.  The Fox river today does not see any commercial traffic, just recreational vehicles and land tourists.  The light was built in defiance of what the state considered navigatable waters.  One could only imagine giant ships bringing goods up and down the river from town to town.  The Fox River Valley.

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Tekakwitha Woods

jprphotos_Fox_River_Bend A January day and a walk down by the Fox River.  I experienced this path of quiet architecture just walking along taking a route most others do not take.  Thank goodness for my boots.  Tekakwitha Woods is a recreational area in the Fox Valley.  Tekakwitha Woods is located north of St. Charles off Route 25 Their address is 35WO76 Villa Marie Road.  It was a little cold and a little damp and very interesting.  I did eventually cross the Fox River to the picnic area which eventually leads to a rail station from the train museum.  The shoreline is healthy and many sections protected and kept up by Friends of the Fox River.  I can only recommend you send a donation or become a member. 

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A Tree from Youth

This tree has been around as long as I can remember.  It was there when I was younger and it is still there now that I am older.  It does look like it is going to fall into the Fox river and it has looked that way fro quite some time.   river-tree This used to be a quiet place to think and swim and fish on those hot summer afternoons.  Today someone has found my tree and made it a park with port a potties and paved roads to get there.  The only way I knew to get there was to go by train trestle.  There were three of us and we could not take our bikes because they would just be in the way.  The trains rarely came but the path was so rough you would just wind up walking the bikes to where we were going.  To the tree, to the place of summer refuge. 

To the left of the tree where you can not see was a meadow.  It was a great place to make a fire and cook the fish we caught.  Well I always wanted to cook the fish but I hate fish.  It was the camaraderie that I liked.  Our shared secrets and personal stories.  We all came from poor and large Catholic families so the issues were always the same.  Food and privacy were scare and this was just a little piece of heaven for us.

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