On the east side of Greenbelt Preserve is the Greenbelt Cultural Center.
We didn’t go in the building, it was closed at the time, but it does host nature exhibits and events throughout the year. There is another parking lot with access to the loop, and that’s where we parked.
We started the loop, and were mostly alone, except for one older couple out for a leisurely stroll. I’ll say they were Mexican, but they could’ve been Puerto Rican or of another Hispanic (Latino?) descent. Anyway, the gentleman saw me taking pictures and told us how to identify trees struck by lightning. He said there was one close to the trail that had been hit recently. We smiled and thanked him, and we proceeded in opposite directions.
Now that I knew what to look for, I could see strikes all around, and I’ve seen them in other preserves too. The zigzag pattern in the bark is distinctive.
The walk around the trail was easy, with the path wide and well-groomed. We did see a lot of wildlife on this side, so much that it will be tomorrow’s post!
And the tree the older man told us about? We did find it! And when we met the couple on the path again, he inquired about it, and we thanked him again.
Tomorrow – wildlife of Waukegan (the animal kind!)