Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct. 8, 2015 - Lover's Leap, Eagles Clif, LaSalle Canyon

I got this photo of the Sunrise this morning and knew it was going to be a Great Day!!  So far so good!

35 walkers today.  We left the lodge's lobby and went to LaSalle Canyon via the River Trail.  Took a stop at Lover's Leap and Eagle's Cliff.  Also went to Tonti Canyon.  Photo also shows the new paint on the road in front of the Lodge.

Early on the hike we found this down log with some character.  Great resting place.

Great view of Devil's Nose on the way to Lover's Leap

Took some time for a group photo on Lover's Leap

View of the Dam

Pelicans are still hanging around.  They are just passing through, on their way south for the winter.

View of Starved Rock State Park looking East from Eagle's Cliff.  Lots of color to change yet.

One of my reliable snakes in the "Snake tree"

View of the Illinois River, little bit of fall colors sprinkled in.

LaSalle Canyon Bridge

I managed to work myself to the back of the pack.  LaSalle Canyon.  Not a drop.

Looking out of LaSalle Canyon

Don is contemplating something in Tonti Canyon?????

Looking up in Tonti Canyon.  That's where all the colors are.

I think this is Winterberry Holly.  Kind of makes you think of Christmas time.  Just kind of.

Doll's Eyes

This is a Burl in a tree near Lone tree canyon.

Looking down into Wildcat Canyon - Sorry no waterfall today.

School group in Wildcat Canyon 70-90 feet below the East overlook

A few mushrooms on the way back to the Lodge.

Last stairway before we got back to the Lodge. 

New Kiosk by the trailhead at the Lodge.  It will eventually have information about the park.  There is also one located between the Visitor Center / Steps to the Lodge / and steps to Starved Rock. (When we left on our hike at 9:00a.m. the only thing here was a concrete slab.)

I will leave you with this: Cool breezes, piles of leaves, sunrises and sunsets, family and friends, laughs and hugs, and smiles are some of the best things in life and they are free!!!

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