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Thursday, July 7, 2016

St. Louis, Sac, Kickapoo and Aurora Canyons 07-07-2016

Today is the first week in a about 3 weeks that I went hiking with the Walker's Club.  The day was overcast and very humid.  There was a mix up with the schedule, so 1/2 of the group went to Starved Rock, French Canyon, Beehive Overlook, Lover's Leap and Eagle's Cliff.  My group went to Aurora Canyon and then through the picnic area.  Over the entrance road and into St. Louis Canyon.  Coming back on the West Bluff trail over Kickapoo, Sac and Aurora Canyons. 

Chainsaw Woodcarving at the Lodge.  Illinois Symbols
Bridge over the entrance road.  Trail leads to St. Louis Canyon


We all went into Aurora Canyon before venturing onto St. Louis Canyon

Looking Good!  Aurora Canyon.  Video to follow...

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Wild Hydrangea are everywhere in the park.  All white.

Maidenhair Fern
Walking through the picnic area.  Isn't that a great looking group of hikers?

One of the youngest hikers today.  If he's visiting Grandma and Grandpa and they are going hiking, then so are they.  Yippee!!

Crossing the main entrance road and onto St. Louis Canyon


Found this flower on the way down the steps from the road. 

Steps on the other side of the road, heading into St. Louis Canyon
All make the walk down seem effortless
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Black raspberries for a lucky few.

St. Louis Canyon is a wonderful as I had anticipated.

East side of the Canyon

Ron, Carol, Adam and Jack.  All enjoying the breeze from the waterfall.  Or maybe it is the company they keep.

The pool beneath the waterfall in St. Louis Canyon.

One more St. Louis Waterfall picture

Walking back on the bluff trail

Purple Campanula flower. 

Stairway by the "Orange Rock" on the way back to the Lodge (last big stairway)

Another Wild Hydrangea

Nice "Apple"  This was from the Mayapple flower.

Sac Canyon

Aurora Canyon looking to the South

Almost back to the Lodge, just cross over the bridge and you are there.
I will leave you with this: Don't let your past dictate who you are, but let it be a lesson that strengthens the person you will become.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Council Overhang, Ottawa, Kaskaskia and Illinois Canyons



My cousin Debbie came to hike with us today.  She came all the way from New York.  It was great hiking with her.  I ran into her and her husband last year and I told her the next time she was back home she needed to join the walker's club for a hike.  Thanks Debbie!


Today's hike we all drove to Council Overhang parking lot and walked in to Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyons.  Then many of us drove to the next canyon to the East and walked into Illinois Canyon.  Over Memorial Day weekend there was an influx of graffiti in Council Overhang.  A week or so later River Forest-based Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio Inc, used a laser to remove most of the graffiti.  We rearranged our hiking schedule to view the sandstone free of graffiti.


Almost to Council Overhang, just around the corner from the "boot"


We had around 45 hikers today.  We were just taking a short break, letting them all catch up.


Going up to Council Overhang


Look no more grafitti, (for now)


I have always loved this shot.  Looking out from Council Overhang


My cousin Debbie came to hike with us today.  She came all the way from New York.  It was great hiking with her.  I ran into her and her husband last year and I told her the next time she was back home she needed to join the walker's club for a hike.  Thanks Debbie!


Regina's family joined us today.  Photo in Kaskaskia canyon. The kids loved all the mud, they had a great time.


Rock formation coming out of Kaskaskia Canyon


Ottawa Canyon


Ottawa Canyon






Ottawa Canyon


Junction of Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyons


Lots of mud on the trails today, especially going into to Kaskaskia and Illinois Canyons


Mulberry tree in Illinois Canyon parking lot


Chicory lines the highways.  Found this in the parking lot in Illinois Canyon


Blue Damselfly


Check out the base of this Jack in the Pulpit.  There is a green seedpod.  Later in the summer this will turn bright red.


The first stream in Illinois Canyon was too much for most of us.  No crossing. 



We have some new flashing signs at both main entrances to the park.  Hopefully this will help with some of the climbing, swimming, littering, going on the trail late at night and going off the trails.














I will leave you with this: Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember amateurs built the ark and professionals built the Titanic.