First they enjoyed a hot lunch in our dining room and then we split them up between both trolleys. It was a great day for waterfalls and a great day for Spring wildflowers. My trolley had 19 people of all ages. For the most part the trails were in really nice shape. A little bit of mud, but very doable.
|I couldn't believe it, the Dutchman's Britches were everywhere.|
|3 of my group in front of St. Louis Canyon|
|Couldn't believe all the ice still in St. Louis Canyon|
|My happy group on Bella! Celebrate something! "I'm out of the office"! We are now traveling to French Canyon|
|It was busy in French Canyon, but we managed to get a few photos.|
|Coming out of French, I gave them the option of going to the top of Starved Rock or spending time at the Visitor Center. We were about 1/2, 1/2.|
|Once we got back on the trolley, Ed took us to the parking area off of Rt. 71. Here is the famous hiking boot.|
|We had to cross a few streams here. Nobody seemed to mind.|
|Ottawa Canyon was a big hit. Everyone enjoyed this canyon the most. This was the only canyon of the 3 that did not have any ice in or around it.|
|Hepatica- look for the heart shaped leaves (last year's leaves)|
|These little sticks will eventually be Mayapples.|
|Spring Beauties, these kind of look like Hepatica with grass like leaves|
|In a few weeks this will be a beautiful patch of Purple Trillium.|
I will leave you with this: Know that being beautiful if the same thing as being yourself.