Thursday, August 18, 2016

LaSalle Canyon August 18, 2016

We met in the Lodge's Lobby and walked from there.  We started on the Campanula trail to Wildcat Canyon.  On to the bluff trail and down the 155 stairs by Lonetree Canyon.  River trail into LaSalle Canyon.  Back on the river trail, bypassing Eagle's Cliff and Lover's Leap.  Finished with a relaxing ice cold drink in the Cafe!!!  Very humid hiking today!
37 hikers start of on the hike for today.

This kiosk is where the trail begins at the East end of the Lodge parking lot

Indian Pipe. Indian pipe is a perennial wildflower with a wide geographic distribution throughout the United States, from Maine to California and from Florida to Alaska. It is absent from the southwest, intermountain west and the central Rocky mountains. However, Indian Pipe is not a commonly encountered wildflower.

I was kind of behind the group, so I didn't stay long at this plant.  Don't really know what is going on here.  But the red berries caught my eye.

Check out the base of this Green Dragon.  Right where the "dragon" was there is the seed pod now.  Eventually it will turn bright red.

Water is still falling in Wildcat Canyon.  Photo was taken from the East Overlook of the canyon.

Fern Leaf False Foxglove

Sandstone Point. Its really time for a break.

Burl at the top of Lone tree Canyon

Nice little Canyon in the stream coming out of LaSalle / Tonti Canyon on the way to the Illinois River

Ken, who hikes with us occasionally, was the Canoeist.

LaSalle Canyon, We just arrived

Ron and Jack getting a bit refreshed with LaSalle Waterfall.

All of the Walker's Club has invaded LaSalle Canyon.  No wading or swimming!

Little Fungi on the moss as we were leaving the Canyon

These Indian Pipes start out with their heads bowed down.  As they grow, they will straighten.  When fully bloomed, they will be straight up, and then they will lose their seeds.

Touch-Me-Not or Jewelweed are just starting to bloom.  Some of these blooms are also bright orange.

See the snake in the background.  We found him in the "Snake tree"  Come to a Walker's club hike to find out where this is located.

On the river trail, break spot.  Eagles Cliff in the background.

Sign in the Cafe as we enjoy a ice cold drink after the hot and humid hike. 

I will leave you with this: One day your life will flash before your eyes.  Make sure it is worth watching.

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