Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Yellow lady's slipper orchid

Yellow lady’s slipper orchid in Matthiessen State Park in Illinois

Pretty soon we should be seeing a bunch of wildflowers in our local state parks and outdoor areas like the above yellow lady’s slipper orchid. This one was taken from the forest inside Matthiessen State Park, which is the sister state parks of the more famous Stand Rock State Park in central Illinois. Thanks to the near monsoon conditions last week in Illinois, get ready for a vibrant spring wildflower season.


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