Heading away from LaSalle Canyon, I must have missed the trail change onto the next canyon, and wound up popping right off trail and into a parking lot. For the life of me, I can't understand how I messed that up, but at least I got a chance to see a bit of the forest I would have otherwise neglected (everything happens for a reason). Was I lost, you ask? Me? Are you serious?
From here, I made a quick jaunt into Ottawa Canyon and saw an additional waterfall. While it pales in size to the others, it was still nice to see. I took a few shots of a tiny brown frog, made a quick turn around, and did a return trip on the trail.
Overall, it was a great day. The ankle held up nicely and provided no sense of pain or visible swelling. Ultrasound therapy and strengthening exercises seem to be doing the trick and I appear to be healing quite nicely. I didn't really push myself in terms of pace but did get about 13 miles of running in, took some nice photos, and really enjoyed the full day. It's amazing what you can find only a few hours away from home. If you're ever in northern Illinois and want a nice trail run, take a look into Starved Rock State Park.