Thursday, June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014 Illinois & Michigan Canal

June 5, 2014 Walker's Club hike was on the Illinois Michigan Canal.  I put the trolley in Utica early in the morning.  The Walker's Club all drove to the starting point in LaSalle and walked to Utica.  When we got there we all got in the trolley and I drove them in the trolley back to their cars in LaSalle.  

Canal Boat in LaSalle

And we all begin, about 24 of us
 All along the canal there are these signs.  They have mileage and facts about the canal.  Very interesting.
Trail marker

Yellow Flag Irises along the canal

An Aqueduct

A turtle getting some sun

Plaque on the Rt. 39 bridge

View from under the Rt. 39 bridge

Real Solomon's Seal

Split Rock, About 1/2 way

We saw many flowers on the trail.  Many flowers were great to look at, but I didn't have a clue as to their names.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Hatched turtle eggs (I think)
1 Little Shasta Daisy, with Clover
Not sure of the name of this flower.  But it was taller than me.

1.4 miles to go

Great Blue Heron

Final Bridge in Utica
Sign in Utica

Everyone going back to the Lodge

 We always have a great time on the Thursday morning hikes.  Any one that would like to join are welcome.  We meet in the Lobby of the Lodge every Thursday morning at 9:00a.m.  We have a 3 month schedule that we follow. This is available at the front desk.

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.


  1. I think that big plant as tall as you is giant hogweed, which I've heard a lot of bad things about lately. Wikipedia page:

  2. It is Hog Weed. Untouchable!

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