Thanksgiving Pilgrimage

image image image image image image image image image imageWhile the rest of the country posts pictures of food on their social media this Thanksgiving, I have pictures of trees. Black, leafless trees with a sprinkling of snow.

The thing I look forward to on this November holiday is the traditional family walk in the woods, an annual custom that goes back to my youth and continues to this day.

I go to the woods around my house once or twice a week for walks and picture taking so it’s not a novelty. But it feels different on Thanksgiving. The family makes it a special occasion and we have lots of time on our hands. Plus the vigorous outdoor exercise builds our appetite for the big meal that’s coming.

This year we hiked through the woods and along Sawmill Creek at Waterfall Glen, a DuPage County Forest Preserve near Darien, Illinois.

And the big meal afterward wasn’t bad either.


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