August Challenge #9

Spruce Trees near a drainage ditch

Appropriately named the “Stink Ditch” it once conducted waste water from the vegetable canneries to the North Fork  — and yes it did deserve its name

At one time, the ditch ran as an open waterway half way through town to the waste water treatment plant.  Later, the section through town was covered

Today just one cannery remains and its waste water is treated in a far better way

Huffy at the Stink Ditch and Ailanthus Tree — so called Tree of Heaven

Short Story about the Stink Ditch


Surprisingly, the first Palm Tree to appear in the Challenge — is . . . . .

in Illinois!

Well, of course its real!!

(I think . . . . maybe? . . . . might be?)


Well, Hmmmmm — this may explain why no Palm “Trees” have been posted

Black Willow


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

4 response to "August Challenge #9"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: August 18, 2019

    What a fun short story about the Stink Ditch.

    We too have a few palms around (in the Pacific Northwest no less) but I have yet to take a photo.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 18, 2019

      That is a great story — been to the doughnut shop he mentions — it was a very popular place!
      Fun to watch the doughnut machine in action, it was surplus from WW II.

      There seems to be some controversy whether palms are trees or not — they look like trees to me. 🙂

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: August 21, 2019

    WHat a great variety of trees you have provided!
    Who’s the kid on the bike in the stink ditch story, you?

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 22, 2019

      Thanks, there may be a few more trees yet to come.

      No, not me. His name is Don Shields, and the doughnut shop was Shields Doughnuts.

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