Friday, March 25, 2016

March 24, 2016, St. Louis Canyon, Rain, Aurora Canyon

St. Louis Canyon

Today's hike started out with a mist. In the middle of the hike we had a down pour and finished with a slight drizzle.  There were 25 hikers today.  Some turned back early.  I was one that went the distance, then realized I left my work shoes at home.  When I got back to the Lodge, my clothes were mostly dry, thanks to an umbrella, rain coat and poncho (thanks Terry).  Although I have waterproof boots, the rain was getting the bottom of my pants wet, which eventually seeped into my socks.  I do keep an extra pair of socks in the office, so I did have some relief.  

It was all worth it!  The waterfall in Aurora canyon was spectacular!

Quite the colorful group.  Umbrellas have not been opened up YET!

Aurora and Sac Canyons are marked. Kickapoo is just there and St. Louis is not marked but unmistakable, it is one of the shining stars of Starved Rock

Umbrellas up, no one turned back yet.

The Hepatic flower wasn't open today, but would have been, if it was a sunny day. They were plentiful all around
Going over Aurora, just wait for the lower Aurora photo.  It is quite different.

Dutchman's Breeches are blooming

What a view on the West Bluff Trail!

My daughter Kayla came home for the Easter holiday. She was just so excited to join the Walker's Club

Found some False Rue Anemone in St. Louis Canyon.  Most of this flower hasn't bloomed yet.

Bloodroot.  Wasn't expecting this wildflower for a few more weeks, What a surprise.

Branches from a rare Eastern Hemlock tree in St. Louis Canyon.
We still had to cross the stream in St. Louis Canyon to see the Waterfall
My colorful group admiring the St. Louis Canyon Waterfall

As a marsupial, the opossum has a reproductive system including a divided uterus and marsupium, which is the pouch.[12] The average estrous cycle of the opossum is about 28 days.[13] Opossums do possess a placenta,[14] but it is short-lived, simple in structure, and, unlike that of placental mammals, is not fully functional.[15] The young are therefore born at a very early stage, although the gestation period is similar to many other small marsupials, at only 12 to 14 days.[16] Once born, the offspring must find their way into the marsupium to hold on to and nurse from a teat.

Kayla goofing off in an optical illusion photo.  She isn't really under the waterfall.

It was really starting to pour at this point in the hike

There were bonus waterfalls in places that aren't generally there.

Up and over the road today to get back to the Lodge.  Some left us here and walk back the way we came.
Taking a break and waiting for the rain to end. (Yeah right, that didn't happen)

Free Firewood???
A gaggle is a term of venery for a flock of geese that is not in flight; in flight, the group can be called a skein. A gaggle is greater than or equal to five geese.

 Skunk Cabbage - Breaking or tearing a leaf produces a pungent but not harmful odor, the source of the plant's common name; it is also foul smelling when it blooms. The plant is not poisonous to the touch. The foul odor attracts its pollinators, scavenging flies, stoneflies, and bees. The odor in the leaves may also serve to discourage large animals from disturbing or damaging this plant which grows in soft wetland soils.

Great photo of the inside of the Skunk Cabbage.

Still Raining.  Old Civilian Conservation building up ahead
The rain finally caught up in the Canyon.  The sound of the water coming down was deafening.
Following the stream out of the canyon

Moss at the bottom of a tree.  Love seeing the green.

The MUDD from last week's hike is washed off.  Now I can start fresh again next time out.
I will leave you with this: Maybe raindrop of the bravest things created by God, want to know why? It's because they are never afraid of falling.

1 comment:

  1. Love learning little nature things from your blog. It's nice knowing what "gaggle" precisely means! :)