My husband and I spent a lot of time this past summer checking out the Lake County Forest Preserves.
We started with the closest one – the Des Plaines River Trail. It extends from the Wisconsin border south to the Cook County line. It mostly follows the Des Plaines River, but does meander due to property issues or to link with existing preserves.
I haven’t managed to walk the entire thing yet, but Jeff is close.
Anyway, the first time I went was in April. We drove to an entrance not far from the house and headed north.
We actually didn’t walk very far (OK, I was out of shape), but we stopped at a small marsh. I liked the reflections of the old cattails (new growth hadn’t really started yet, despite the unusual warmth).
We turned to go back, and right straight down the path, out of the sun and over our heads, flew a great blue heron! It landed not far away in the little marsh, so naturally we had to watch it and take pictures!
Lots of pictures!
It walked around the edge before it finally took off. It only was there 8 minutes, but it seemed like half an hour.
An auspicious beginning to our summer adventures!