Thursday, April 5, 2018

Starved Rock, Lover's Leap, Eagle's Cliff, Beehive Overlook and French Canyon

French Canyon Waterfall

Today we had 35 hikers that joined us on one of the most popular hikes in the park.  We stayed close to the Lodge and Visitor Center. At 9:00a.m. the sky was overcast but the temperature was comfortable.  In the early afternoon we started to have some snow flurries.

Stream flowing into French Canyon

This sign was atop Lover's Leap.  The replaced all the signs a few months ago.  I found this one interesting.

View from Eagle's Cliff looking East

View from Eagle's Cliff looking North towards the Starved Rock Lock and Dam

Best time of year to hope for a view at the Beehive Overlook

A few green buds leafing out

Going up the Eagles's Cliff shortcut trail

Coming down Jacob's Ladder, heading for French Canyon

Not sure what bird lost this feather.  The feather is quite large for the birds I could think of.  Maybe it was a feather from a migrating bird?  Northern Flicker- Thanks Andrew

On the way into French Canyon, there are some tell tale signs of the Spring Wildflower Dutchman's Britches.  This sample had a few buds coming up.  We must be patient!  Spring will get here in it's own time.

First stairway into French Canyon

Waiting in the "short line"  to get into French Canyon.  Today there was more water than I had anticipated.  If you would come on a weekend, the line would be much longer.

More water in the outbound stream than I had anticipated. Waddle in and waddle out.  One foot on each side.

French Canyon was just a beauty today! 

French Canyon Waterfall
This monument is located behind the State Park's Visitor Center
I will leave you with this: I love the kind of hugs where you can physically feel the sadness leaving your body.