Friday, November 28, 2014 - 33°F

Garden of the Gods (Southern Show)

Here, more than maybe anywhere else Ive been on my travels for this show, is where my eyes opened in a new way. Ive frequently said Id been a Chicago snob, unaware of what treasures the rest of the state held in store for me. Standing on those rocks, gazing over the sea of green as far as I could see, I felt so humbled by the beauty of nature. And pleased that it was right here in my home state. I know I made the comment on camera that I hear others say too, something to the effect that this scene I was witnessing was nothing I would imagine seeing in Illinois. But as soon as it came out of my mouth, while Tom was rolling tape, I heard the arrogance of that statement. From my Chicago-centric point of view, sure, this was surprising. But to say it was hard to imagine this being in Illinois only betrayed my ignorance of the great variety of scenery and beauty the state has to offer. I wonder if natives of Cairo and Metropolis come to Chicago and say, Wow, I saw all these skyscrapers and traffic and people it was hard to believe I was in Illinois.

Ranger Jeff made it clear there were dozens of other sights to visit in the Shawnee National Forest, many just as breathtaking as Garden of the Gods and Rim Rock. I really want to get back here. Any remember, this is where George Harrison came with his sister Louise in 1963. So if it was good enough for a Beatle its good enough for me. One small disappointment about going on tour like this is that we are working nearly the whole time, or traveling to the next place. We arrive, set up to shoot, shoot, dismantle and hit the road again. You, dear viewer, have the luxury of coming to these spots and truly unwinding. I hope you do it.

Blog Navigation

Blog Home

Blog Archives

Send To A Friend

E-mail A Comment


Last 15 Posts

Back to Our Roots! (Chicago Show)

Reflections Upon the Great Apes (Chicagoland Show)

River Boat (Western Show)

Hoffmans Patterns of the Past (Western Show)

Things you may not have known about your host

Anderson Gardens (Northern Show)

Cliffbreakers Hotel (Northern Show)

Burpee Museum (Northern Show)

Rochelle Railroad Park (Northern Show)

Springfield (Central Show)

Amishland (Central Show)

We Hit the Air Running

Benton (Southern Show)

Blue Sky Vineyard (Southern Show)

Garden of the Gods (Southern Show)

       
 
Contact Us Site Map Pressroom WTTW Digital Archives Production Services Corporate Sponsorship PBS 98.7WFMT

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

©2014 WWCI

Post DetailSearch ResultsArchive ListingSend To A FriendE-mail Author A CommentLast 12 MonthsContact UsSite MapPressroomWTTW Digital ArchivesProduction ServicesCorporate SponsorshipHomeSchedulesProgramsWTTW KidsWTTW ArtsWTTW EventsSupport WTTWAbout UsMembers OnlyGeoffrey Baer Tours - Seven Wonders of ChicagoArchitect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the PastArchitect Michael Graves: A Grand TourArchitect Thomas Beeby10 Buildings that Changed AmericaCatholicismProhibitionAmerican Graduate