Chain ‘O Lakes State Park

Yesterday was such a beautiful day. Blue skies, abundant sunshine, & moderate temps in the mid to high 70’s. We decided it would be a good day for us to go on a hike & test Don’s new knee. So off to Albion, Indiana we went to the Chain ‘O Lakes State Park.

Chain 'O Lakes State Park               Albion, IN

Chain ‘O Lakes State Park
Albion, IN

The park consists of 13 lakes called kettle lakes.These interconnecting lakes were” formed when the glaciers were still huge blocks of ice. Rivers of water resulting from the melting ice carved the channels that connect 9 of the 13 lakes.”  The lakes are a canoeists or small boater’s paradise. There are 10 trails here, ratings are from easy to rugged, with most falling in the moderate range. There is a nice sandy beach, a nature center, areas for birders to observe waterfowl, & quite a nice campground with 30 & 50 amp hookups, potable water, restrooms with showers, dump station,  & even a general store. It was clean & quiet, just our kind of place.

     

     

The Nature Center, a unique building inside the park, is located in the restored one room Stanley Schoolhouse. 8 grades attended classes here & the building was in use until 1954. The current building was constructed in 1915 & is the fourth school at the location since 1848. The first schoolhouse was a log cabin built in the 1840’s. The other 2 schools were both lost to fire. The old bell still stands on the grounds.

     

The trail that we chose was a moderate 1.5 mile hike that followed a ridge through the woods then dropped down into a valley. We crossed 2 channels, circled around the north side of Dock Lake, then returned to our starting point. We passed a variety of early Spring flowers along the way. In several areas along the path we detected the pleasant scent of Creeping Myrtle.

     

Blackhaw Viburnum

Blackhaw Viburnum

Trillium

Trillium

Butterweed

Butterweed

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

One thing we weren’t prepared for was the swarming mosquitoes. The woods were lousy with them. Yes, I did bring spray with us. Of course I’d left it in the truck. I can guarantee you THAT won’t happen again. The good news is Don had no pain nor swelling of his knee. YEA!

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Don also threw a line into the water at a couple of different spots, hoping to catch “The Big One”. But alas, the big one was elusive today, not even a nibble. I spent my time birding while he tried his luck.

On the return trip back to our Suite Pea we stopped at a Dairy Queen to replenish all of the calories we’d burnt off hiking. Our sweet boy Tucker was so doggone tired, he ate his laying down. No easy feat.

     

We ended the day with grilled steaks & my uncle Bob’s famous Polish Potatoes & watching our beloved Detroit Tigers whoop the Houston Astros.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………

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