Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ottawa, Kaskaskia and Illinois Canyons, Council Overhang 05-04-2017

Today's hike was scheduled to go to Ottawa/Kaskaskia & Illinois Canyons along with Council Overhang.  The trails were a little muddy, but when you wear the appropriate clothing and footwear all is good.
Kaskaskia Canyon Waterfall



Wild Geranium (pink) and Prairie Trillium (maroon)

"The Wedding Cove"  This is the area right past the parking lot

Nodding White Trillium

Mayapple, these are blooming around the park.

On our way to Council Overhang "The boot"

View from the back wall of Council Overhang

Lots of debris floated in from the rain

Ottawa Canyon

Ottawa Canyon

Moss Covered Rock in Ottawa Canyon



Virginia Waterleaf



Kaskaskia Canyon Waterfall

Grates on the trail really helped with the mud. This is on the way in/out of Ottawa/Kaskaskia Canyon


Whats left of the Bluebells

Giant Jack in the Pulpit

Woodland Phlox. They smell so good!

Swamp Buttercup.  I always get these and the Marsh Marigolds mixed up.  I looked them up today and the Marsh Marigolds have a round shaped leaf. 

One of three stream crossings in Illinois Canyon.  Some didn't cross.  I have seen it much deeper.

Another Crossing in Illinois Canyon



The BIG payoff in Illinois Canyon - The "BIG" waterfall


The photo from the group that went the distance.  Where's Ron?????

Couldn't resist this Jack in the Pulpit photo

White Baneberry.  These white puff balls will have little white balls on the ends. We call them dolls eyes.
I will leave you with this: Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there.  What you choose to do with them is up to you.

2 comments:

  1. Nice job Edna. Your blog is very informative about the trails, canyons and waterfalls in starved rock. The photos posted are also beautiful. It helped us select our hike paths more that the official park site :)
    -Raj

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