Well, I suppose these aren't really secrets but...
Few people actually get to see this beauty up close. This is a small lake near where I live. I've always wanted to go see it but it's supposed to be "off limits". IU does have research facilities nearby and has signs posted requesting people stay away & not interfere with the "studies". As a responsible citizen, tax payer and alumnus, I wanted to see what's going on. I'll always promise to take only pictures and leave only footprints as I walk the marked trails!
My DH was my guide.
Walking to the lake and dam in early January we saw
spectacular icicles dangling from the rocky bluffs.
Can you believe I am walking distance from my house?
I tell you, I didn't leave the state!
I did have to walk at least an hour before I got here.
Above and below are photos of the dam at University Lake.
This stairway looking wall was so pretty.
My DH recalls being a little boy and coming back here with his mom and dad.
He tells me, at the base of the "stairs wall" there use to be an old well-house or some other building. No evidence of it's existence remains;
just a breath taking ravine fills the view.
Truly, I can't wait to hike back here again in a few months
when the wild flowers start blooming!