We started our hike at Matthiessen Park and noticed that 3 of us were wearing the same shirts. Thought it would make a great photo. This shirt was the Mega Hike shirt last fall.
|Me, Arnie, Cocoa and Gary|
I did a drawing this week for reusable water bottles. Pictured below are the lucky winners. We just see so many empty water bottles on the trails. I always suggest to take along a reusable bottle on the trails. This one is great for a small hike. When you get done drinking it, you can roll it up and put it in your pocket.
|Lucky water bottle winners|
|First thing you see at this park is the large picnic shelter and the replica fort.|
|Lots of hikers today.. 35 hikers and 2 dogs|
|Going down 146 steps to get to the trail|
|There is a variety of things to do all year long at Matthiessen park. Here we see a sign for Cross Country Skiing and Hiking.|
|It wasn't too long before we came to Strawberry Rock|
|Some of us went into Devil's Paint Box.|
|Great Colors in the Devil's Paintbox today.|
|These are on their way out - American Bellflower??|
|There were many of these in the lower, lower dells. I have never seen the flower, but love the look of the heart shaped leaves.|
|looking out from the last cave like area|
|This couple joined us. They were guests at the Lodge. Great photo (It was dark when I took the photo) great flash!|
|Looking up at Cascade Falls (0 water)|
|Saw little minnows?? in patches of water in the creek bed|
|And a frog|
|Cement bridge and stairway|
|Joe wins the climb!!|
|Going down into the lower section of the upper dells on our way to the Lake|
|Traversing across some concrete pylons|
|Arnie and Cocoa|
|Matthiessen Park also had some downed trees. Not as bad as Starved Rock|
|contemplating what to do with the stroller|
|A neat sandstone formation|
|Look real close its a dragonfly or damselfly. (I can barely identify flowers, I can't begin to do these.)|
|Giant's Bathtub (today he would have to be a small giant)|
|Just a trickle going into the Giant's Bathtub|
|Bridge over Lake Falls (the Lake is to the left)|
|Father and son fishing. I love this photo!|
|Fishing on the Lake|
Saw a few more flowers on the way back to our starting point.
Once I got back to the starting point (the fort area), I met up with Joe. He didn't go around the lake, but he was the one that took the stroller off the trail. Him and I took a short ride to the model airplane field at the Vermillion River area at Matthiessen Park. We heard there was a great show of a field of Sunflowers. We heard correctly! What a treat! Enjoy!
|I think every flower had a bee of some sort|
|I like all these pictures, but I think this is my favorite!|
|They are facing the sun|
|Still facing the sun, away from us|
|Great day to be a bee!|
I always start my Starved Rock hike at the back of the Lodge by the arrow pointing to the top of Starved Rock. What a great place to tell the Legend of Starved Rock (how Starved Rock received its name)
|Arrow at the back of the Lodge pointing to Starved Rock|
|Great Poison Ivy display - Leaves of 3 leave them be. Anyone that has been on my hike, knows I have a better saying. "Leaves that are green leave them be. The trails are plenty wide enough, you do not need to be in the green stuff!"|
|Flagpole at the top of Starved Rock. There were 2 lights (that I could see) one in the front and one in the back.|
|Solar panel (just what I thought it was going to look like)|
|View of the Lodge from the top of the Rock|
We came down from the top of Starved Rock and on our way to French Canyon. We saw many closed trail signs. We saw many, I have no idea why others didn't see them.
|Not a trail sign|
Still with all the trails closed and not a trail, we still saw some amazing things!
|French Canyon- Totally dry|
|Coming out of French|
|How many frogs do you see? 2. They were near the water pool in French|
|Coming out of French|
|Back up the 150 to the Lodge|
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.