Thursday, July 20, 2017

Council Overhang, Ottawa, Kaskaskia and Illinois Canyons 07-20-2017

14 hikers came on today's walk.  We met in the Lodge's Lobby.  We carpooled to Council Overhang parking lot and walked into Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyons.  Moved our cars to Illinois Canyon parking lot and walked in from there.  Cool weather early on with a breeze.  When we finished, about 11:30a.m. it was a bit steamy.  3 great waterfalls.  Not here for long!!!

I love this photo

Bladdernut tree

Use your imagination.  See it?

Trail back to the Lodge- Some chose to do this route.

Going up to Council Overhang

Just a little muddy

The water crossings were a little......WET!

When is the last time you saw Ottawa Canyon Waterfall like this?  Springtime?

I love seeing the straight canyon wall in Ottawa Canyon

Jewel weed is starting to bloom.

Jewel weed also has a pest. Japanese Beetle

Kaskaskia Canyon is always picturesque.  Today is no exception.

Watch out for the roots on the path, especially in Kaskaskia Canyon

A type of Campanula Flower

Right when I think I have seen it all.......  Found this coming out of Kaskaskia Canyon.

Lots of new Fungus and Mushrooms today

Snake Grass / Horse tails at the intersection of Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyons

Taking a break, waiting for everyone to come out of both canyons.

On to Illinois Canyon

A little preview of the waterfall to come

Illinois Canyon was roaring today

Mushrooms in a log

More mushrooms

Illinois Canyon has 3 streams to cross.  3 on the way in and the same 3 on the way out.

Love this photo.  Coming out of Illinois Canyon
I will leave you with this: Know that being beautiful is the same as being yourself.


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