Still a great wildflower day. Our first stop is at the Parking lot for Council Overhang, Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyons, off of Rt. 71. First stop is Council Overhang.
|All going into Council Overhang|
Walking into Ottawa is always a challenge. Over logs, over streams, through muddy leaves and finally we get to the payoff..... what we came to see.... THE WATERFALL.
|Snake Grass and Virginia Bluebells|
|Squirrel Corn, Dutchman's Britches|
Squirrel Corn and Dutchman's Britches are still in high bloom.
|False Rue Anemone|
|Jack in the Pulpit|
Saw some Jack in the Pulpits today. Not as many as anticipated. But they are just starting to come out.
|Nodding White Trillium|
|Spring Beauties and Dandelion|
|St. Louis Canyon|
|St. Louis Canyon Waterfall|
|Miterwort and Yellow Bellwort|
Miterwort is a favorite of mine in St Louis Canyon. If you look at it up close the tiny white flowers are very delicate. Also in the photo is Yellow Bellwort.
Up the steps and back on the trolley. Now we are headed to the Visitor Center for a short bathroom break and then into French Canyon.
|Sign at the Visitor Center|
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25 as part of the New Deal. Robert Fechner was the head of the agency. It was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal that provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory.
Everyone rallying for a photo. Always a great canyon for a photo.
Well that makes 3 canyons. We had a few minutes to spend at the Visitor Center then it was back to the Lodge. What a great day to be out hiking!
I will leave you with this: Wherever you may hike or walk, just put one foot in front of the other. It's all about the experience not the destination.