Back to the park

My youngest son is 12-years-old, just at the point when his older brothers started losing interest in things like playing in the park.

So as we biked park-ward this evening I wondered if he also had crossed that line yet. Within seconds he was climbing and playing and I had my answer: at least one more summer of parks and playgrounds.image

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Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County

My family spent part of Friday afternoon at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville, Illinois. This was my first visit to this 1,400+ acre preserve in DuPage County.

We were hiking, birding, and taking photos but Greene Valley has more than 12 miles of trails for skiing, biking, and even horseback riding. The site has a great diversity of plants, animals, and landforms plus the East Branch of the DuPage River running along its eastern edge.image imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

From Winter into Spring…

…though it never stopped feeling like winter.

Photos from the Chicago area taken yesterday and today:

My son surveys the east branch of the DuPage River.

My son surveys the east branch of the DuPage River.

Not a sign of spring but always nice to see chickadees.

Not a sign of spring but seeing chickadees is always nice.

Mother and son walk the path at McDowell Grove in Naperville, Illinois.

Mother and son walk the path at McDowell Grove in Naperville, Illinois.

Two cyclists cruise the trail along Salt Creek in Bemis Woods.

Two cyclists cruise the trail along Salt Creek in Bemis Woods.

Flying a kite

Gulls, kite-flyers, and a contemplative enjoy Pratt Beach on Chicago’s far north side.

Hanging at the pier

Your humble blogger hangs at the pier at Pratt Beach (photo courtesy of my lovely wife).

A Lapham Peak Experience

Thirty minutes west of Milwaukee is a state forest at the southern edge of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine region. The area’s most prominent natural feature is a steep, oak-covered hill known as Lapham Peak.

Hiking and skiing trails loop around the hill and across an adjoining prairie. After last night’s snow they were filled today with cross-country skiers getting in what is likely to be their last outing of the season. The warming shelter had a wood-burning stove with actual wood burning (the most amazing smell possible on a cold day).

It’s not the most glamorous destination in Wisconsin but it makes for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon visit in late winter. imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage