Day One Hundred Eleven

Fermilab

We had a large open block of time today, so we headed out to Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.  I saw Fermilab listed as one of the trails on traillink.com, but I didn’t really know much about the lab or its grounds.  Despite the trail’s weak reviews, I still thought it would be a fun place to walk, look around, and learn about.

Fermi

Once we made the hour drive, I have to admit, we had trouble getting our momentum.  Perhaps we just started in a bad spot, but every walkway we tried came to a dead-end or put us onto a road.  We ended up getting back in the car and driving around instead.  (We began to understand the weak reviews, but even more, the lack of reviews.)  We managed to enjoy our outing anyhow.

We still don’t know much about Fermilab.  We did learn that it’s a U.S. Department of Energy facility and research facility for the University of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology.  They conduct lecture series and host other events which all sound beyond my elementary understanding of physics!

When we drove towards the eastern exit, we couldn’t help but notice the grazing herd of bison.  The American bison have been on site since the opening in the 1960s and symbolize the connection to the American prairie.  Historically there was concern that the bison were brought in to detect dangerous radiation levels, but this is not the case.

Good day, good outing.

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