Day Three Hundred Sixty-three

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Icy!

We’ve known for days that a cold front was coming today. If we left early enough, we thought we’d be able to take a walk before the weather changed. We didn’t quite make it though. Freezing mist and icy trails kept us from actually doing much walking.

We still had a really nice outing.

We headed to a Cook County Forest Preserve, Bemis Woods, near Western Springs, Illinois, to walk on the paved Red/Salt Creek Trail. I walked on a portion of this trail back on Day 336, but north and west of Bemis Woods, in DuPage County.

When we arrived at the preserve, we figured out very quickly that yesterday’s melting snow was definitely refreezing. It was really slippery, and we didn’t get very far on the trail. Instead, we walked around the long drive and the parking lot for a bit, but decided even that was too slippery. So, we headed for Oak Brook Center (a large shopping center) to get lunch!

On the way, we stopped at Graue Mill and Museum, operated by the DuPage County Forest Preserve. Graue Mill was a stop on the Underground Railroad and is still an operating mill and museum. The mill and museum are closed for the season, but we took a look around anyhow. It was slippery here too, so I should say we gingerly took a look around.

Graue MillThe quickly moving Salt Creek runs next to the mill. Some mallards, after riding in the current, came right up to the edge of the water as we walked by. We saw a mature great blue heron in the creek as well.

Graue Mill BirdsBoth Bemis Woods and Graue Mill look like great places to walk when the weather gets warmer! I’ll have to keep them in mind for next spring or summer.

With the weather that’s in the forecast for the next few days, today’s walk was likely my last one outdoors in 2013!

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Day Three Hundred Fifty-nine

Black Ice and Taking a Break from a Raucous Good Time

I woke early this Christmas morning and figured I should head out for a walk in the event that the day’s festivities would prevent me from walking later. It didn’t, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Boy, is my neighborhood quiet on Christmas morning at 6:45! We had gotten a dusting of fresh snow overnight, and the only footprints that I saw were the squirrels’, the rabbits’, and mine. I saw a car drive by on a distant cross-street, but otherwise had the entire outdoors to myself.

I was really enjoying myself until I felt my feet go out from under me on some black ice and found myself sprawled on the sidewalk. Ouch!

I got up, brushed myself off, and continued my walk. By the time I got home though, I realized that my left wrist was awfully sore. I determined that it didn’t hurt enough to be broken and went on with my Christmas. (I got enough sympathy from my husband that he volunteered to peel potatoes for the side dish that I was bringing to my in-laws’ for dinner.)

Later in the afternoon, I went for another walk with my youngest son, who’s 14 and has autism spectrum disorder. We headed out in the woods behind my mother-in-law’s home. It was nice to take a break in the middle of a long visit that got a little loud for him. I’m glad we brought our boots along!

As for my wrist, I’ll keep monitoring it, but I think it’ll be okay. And to think that I had almost made it the whole year without a fall!