Day One Hundred Eighty


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Spring Creek Dickcissels

On our way to the Centennial Trail on Day Ninety-six, I noticed a trail that runs under I-355.  I later learned it’s the Spring Creek Greenway Trail and vowed to walk it someday.  Today was that day, and it was a perfect day for a walk.

We parked at The Hadley Valley-Bruce Road Trailhead and walked the eastern half (east of I-355) of the western portion of the trail.  The trail is crushed limestone and obviously used for horseback riding, but we saw no one.  We will definitely want to finish the western end of this quiet rolling prairie trail some time in the future!

Dickcissels and a Goldfinch

The entire time we were walking, we were being serenaded by unfamiliar yellow and black breasted sparrow-like birds, their songs more scratchy than melodic.  We later determined that they were dickcissels and added another new bird to our list!  We also saw several goldfinches and red-wing blackbirds.

Good day, good walk!

Day One Hundred Seventy-nine

Coyote!

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We were going pretty stir-crazy by the time some of the clouds cleared from this afternoon’s storm, so we packed the umbrellas and hit the road.  It would end up being the kind of walk where we alternated between sunshine and big, heavy raindrops with the umbrellas being hoisted and retracted at least three times over the course of our walk.  But that was okay; it was good to be out walking.

My son and I drove back to where we had walked with my husband on Day 144, at Rubio Woods, of the Tinley Creek system of the Cook County Forest Preserve.  This time though we headed west (clockwise) on the Red Trail.  Most of the portion that we walked today ran next to the Midlothian Turnpike.  We crossed both the Turnpike and Ridgeland, because the trail continued diagonally across the intersection.

It was on this other side that we saw him.

CoyoteThe coyote was much more interested in the other human that was standing in the nearby parking lot than he was in us, but he seemed most interested in getting a little rest, because he just sat there.  Thank goodness too!  I’m not sure what I would have done to fend him off, had he headed our way–used our two mini umbrellas as weapons?  We turned around immediately and got out of there.

I did, however, drive back to that parking lot.  We stayed inside the car (windows up), got out the camera and took a few shots of  Mr. Coyote, before he got bored and trotted of into the woods.

Good day, good walk!

Day One Hundred Seventy-eight

Lumpy and Bumpy–With or Without Leaves

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My youngest son joined me for a walk around our neighborhood this evening.

We passed by the same two trees that I passed back on Day 109.  I was able to answer at least one of my questions from that day.  Now that they have leaves, I can tell that they are maples! I still don’t know what tree cankers are though.

Good day, good walk.

Day One Hundred Seventy-seven

Birthday Success; Walk Fail

Today, being a busy day and my husband’s birthday, we only had a one hour window open for walking.  I had planned to walk with my youngest son after picking up a last minute gift, but before layering the annual ice cream pies.  At that precise hour, a big thunderstorm let loose, and we could not walk.

The birthday, however, was a big hit.

Day One Hundred Seventy-five

Hickory Creek

After an appointment, my son and I stopped for a walk at Hickory Creek Junction in Mokena, Illinois.  Hickory Creek is the largest preserve in Will County and is a great mixture of prairie and dense forest.

My son and I walked in this preserve on Day 161, but from a different access point.  My husband, son, and I also walked south from here and connected with the Old Plank Road Trail on a rainy Day 69.  It’s a nice place to walk!

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Day One Hundred Seventy-four

I was unable to fit a walk in today because of a family function.  On our way home though, we chose to stay off the expressway and happened to notice a new trail to walk sometime in the future!

I’ve been by this trail head dozens of times before, but never noticed what is likely a great place to walk.  Thank you, New Year’s Resolution.