Time of walk: 12:15 PM
Temperature: 23° F (felt like 17°)
Weather: Sunny with another new inch of snow
I love it when a plan comes together. It was a beautiful day today with an open block of time, so we drove to a Cook County Forest Preserve near the Cal-Sag Channel. Although I’ve driven over this channel several times, I’ve never really had a good look at it and wanted to see it. Luckily, we found a large open parking lot at the Morrill Meadow, which was fairly close to the channel and found an unpaved trail right off the parking lot.
As we made our way through wooded areas and open meadows, we were surprised by the number of fresh bike tracks in the snow. As we got farther into the woods, we had to step aside several times for mountain bikers. What a friendly group! These folks were happy to be outside, in the woods, and on their bikes even in the January snow.
After winding through the woods for awhile, we weren’t sure if the path we were on even went near the Cal-Sag Channel. But then we went over a little rise, and we could see the water glistening below. The trail runs along the channel for quite a ways here, about 10-20 feet above the water level. It was lovely.
Good day, good hike!