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Friday, April 29, 2016

Wildcat, LaSalle, and Tonti Canyons 04-28-2016

Today we met in the Lobby of the Lodge and hiked out to LaSalle Canyon and back.  We stopped at upper Wildcat and walked into Tonti canyons.  Today we had 29 hikers.  Great hike, great waterfalls, great company.
Tonti Canyon

Great photo of the Red bud trees at the start of our hike.


Trailhead received a facelift with some mulch.  This was spread by a group of boy scouts a few weeks ago.  Thanks Boys /Guys!


Very few May apples are blooming.  We managed to find 3 on our hike today.


Jack in the Pulpits are blooming everywhere


Prairie Trillium still blooming, being overshadowed by the May Apples.


Upper Wildcat Canyon Waterfall - just the beginning


29 hikers just arriving at Wildcat Canyon from the Campanula Trail


View of Wildcat Canyon Waterfall from the East overlook


View from Sandstone Point


Walker's enjoying the view on Sandstone Point


Birds Foot Violet


Our friend "Mr. Burl"  A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over. Such burls sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition.


Going down the 155 steps to meet the River Trail.


Fiddlehead fern - Fiddlehead ferns are one of the delicious telltale signs of spring. While there are a few varieties, the most edible and the one most commonly found in markets and on restaurant menus are ostrich ferns. These tightly wound, disc-shaped vegetables are the curled fronds of a young fern, that are harvested during spring before the frond has a chance to mature and uncurl.


Virginia Bluebells, Prairie Trillium and May Apples


White Nodding Trillium, one of my favorites.



Skunk Cabbage


Wild Geraniums and Blue Phlox


Miterwort


A bonus waterfall on the way into LaSalle Canyon


Squirrel Corn



LaSalle Canyon, looking good!


LaSalle Canyon up close.



Leaving LaSalle Canyon


Great photo of LaSalle Canyon


Was told this was Witches thumbprint, but couldn't find description online.


Tonti Canyon's West wall waterfall.


Swamp Buttercup


Walker's Club admiring both waterfalls



Moss covered sandstone coming out of Tonti Canyon



Interrupted fern, notice the darker "interrupted section"


Mouse eared chickweed


Raspberry's growing in an undisclosed location.  "yes it is on the trail"


Yellow Bellwort


View of Eagles Cliff from the River Trail


Columbine on the River Trail


Lousewort or also known Wood Betony


Shooting Stars when we were almost back from the hike.  These were on the bluff trail.


I love Shooting Stars


The brightest Shooting Star I've seen today.
Almost back to the Lodge, Upper French Canyon


Sorry, I tried to identify this plant, but I came up short.  Any takers?


One of the employees in the Cafe posts these wisdom bits every week. 
I will leave you with this: It's impossible to walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time.

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