After Easter dinner, twelve family and friends (including 5 kids, ages 9-14) enjoyed the Elkhart River, canal and woods at the Benton Dam at River Preserve County Park. What fun to watch kids climb up and walk on every fallen log. And from time to time they took a break to see what was blooming. We searched in vain for Jack-in-the-Pulpits, which are late this year. In addition to the flowers listed on our April 21 hike at Benton Dam, we saw our first Cream Violet (Viola striata) of the year. Numerous Toad Trillium (Trillium sessile) were in full bloom (photo above). More Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) were in flower than 3 days earlier, but their best show is yet to come.