Friday, September 11, 2015

September 10, 2015 Matthiessen State Park

Today's Walker's Club had about 34 walker's on a great weather day.  We started in the Lodge's Lobby and carpooled to Matthiessen State Park's North entrance off of Rt. 71.  The Lake shelter entrance.  (Deer Park Country Club).
Best photo of today's hike
And we're off!

Today much of our hike was on a multi use trail.  Cross Country Skiing and Horseback Riding

Common Thistle

Even though this looks purple, it is called "Great Blue Lobelia"
I've been trying to identify some butterflies lately.  I used this booklet to identify the following butterfly.  They sell these among other guides in the gift shop at the Lodge.  Other guides are available for wildflowers, birds and trees.

An American Lady Butterfly hanging out on some Daisy Fleabane

American Lady

Common Mildweed

One of my favorite photos from the walk around Lake Matthiessen

Matthiessen Lake

The "Boat House"  at Matthiessen Lake

Lake Falls

Waterfall near Giant's Bathtub

Ferns and Lichen on the sandstone walls

With 34 walker's someone has to be last.

Lots of roots on the trail

Lots of roots make up the trail

Pay attention, follow the leader, one step at a time.

Looking South and down into the Cascade Falls area (no waterfall today)

Poor Mandy, lots of cockle burrs today.  Her master Roseanne, says she takes many of them off herself.  Roseanne also will be giving here a good brushing when they get home. (Maybe that is why she got the burrs in the first place).

Rattlesnake Root

Looking at the bridge by the Lake Shelter that is over Lake Falls
I will leave you with this: Nothing in nature lives for itself. Rivers don't drink their own water.  Trees don't eat their own fruit.  Sun doesn't give heat for itself.  Flowers don't spread fragrance for themselves.  Living for others is the Rule of Nature!


  1. So glad to find your blog (recent post!) mentioning the boat house. I've seen vintage postcards of the old boat house in Deer Park, and always wondered if it still existed. Would you happen to know if the boat house in your photo is the old structure? And is it the back view, or has the water feature dried up? Thanks!

  2. To my knowledge this is the original structure. It received a new roof a few years ago. There were some raccoons that had taken up residence. They have it roped off again because of interior deterioration. The water feature is still there, it is called Matthiessen Lake. If it is the same structure, it would have to have been moved as it is in line with the bridge and the lake is below the bridge. Yes the photo is taken from the back side. I am actually at the Lake's edge looking up.

    1. Thank you, Edna! My husband and I hiked at Matthiessen for the first time last Saturday (April 17), and it was like a dream after only looking at old post card images of it for some time. The trail map was a little confusing, but I hope to find my way around much easier with every future visit. Now to convince my husband to go on the Mega Hike next weekend! :)

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