Day Three Hundred Fifty-two

The sun is back!

It certainly made it easier to head out for a walk this afternoon. I walked around the neighborhood and up to the park. Earlier this year I posted pictures of the park’s sculptures taken with my phone, but I wanted to take some better pictures for the sculpture gallery on my Along the Trail: Signs and Structures page, and I’ve added them there. I’ve added two more pages as well with some of my favorite bird and plant pictures.

(While at the park, I also saw three squirrels and a small plane.)

Three Squirrels and a PlaneGood walk!

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Day Three Hundred Fifty

Walking in Two Parts

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I only had time for a short walk this afternoon, so I walked up to one of our town’s sculptures and got a snowy photo.

I had intended to head back out for a second walk while it was still daylight, but I didn’t quite make it.

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I did go for a second walk later in the evening. This time, I headed off in another direction and got a picture of another town sculpture.

I like how the snow has gathered on the top of her face.

Two short, but good, walks!

Day Two Hundred Fifteen

Sculpture Walk

I cannot help but compare the two days.

My son and I went back today to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park on the campus of Governor’s State University.  We walked there way back on Day Sixty-Eight, a day so much different than today!  That March day was dreary gray, and the ground was covered in wet, heavy snow.  But it was better than being indoors all day, and we were grateful to be out, getting some exercise and fresh air.

Today, on the other hand, was sunny, breezy, and warm, with white puffy clouds decorating the bright blue sky.  The grass was dry today too, so we could take in the sculptures, the pond, and the wildflowers around back, away from the pavement of late winter.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture ParkI do love summer.  Good day, good walk!

Day Ninety-one

More Neighborhood Sculpture

It was good to be back walking in my neighborhood today.  After travelling out of state and in state, or driving somewhere for the past two weeks, it was good to leave the car parked and take off on foot.

On my walk, I snapped a couple of pictures of another of our town’s sculptures.  This one is on a triangular parkway on a corner in a residential neighborhood.  I can’t help but wonder how the sculptor made this…

sculpture4Good day, good walk.

Day Eighty-six

Urban Walk

My youngest son, still on spring break, and I drove into Chicago today and walked across the Loop. My husband took a break from the office and joined us.

East-West Loop

We parked in the Millennium Garage and walked through Millennium Park to catch sight of “Cloud Gate,” a sculpture commonly referred to here as “The Bean.”  I should have known better than to take my son here.  Every time we’ve tried, there is always an unhappy small child or toddler crying in this part of the park, and today was no exception.  We snapped a quick picture and bid a hasty retreat to the urban jungle of honking taxis and business-clad adults–much more tolerable to my son and his autism-caused sensitivities to the sounds of young children.

We met up with my husband on Michigan Avenue and walked west down Jackson Boulevard, walked around the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), crossed the Chicago River, and then headed back east on Adams to my husband’s office and our car.

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Although I think my son prefers the quiet of a forest preserve or converted railroad trail, I do think he enjoyed seeing some different sites like the elevated CTA trains, the giant globe in front of the Willis Tower, and the Chicago River.  I certainly did!

Good day, good walk!

Day Eighty-four

A Pleasant Surprise

Today, being the first official day of my son’s spring break, I was hoping our walk would be fun and different.  It was.  Despite weather more worthy of January or February (cloudy, windy, icy snow flurries, and temperatures in the mid-30s), we really had a great time.

We headed to the town of Lockport to walk along the Illinois and Michigan Canal.  We also walked along the I & M Canal back on Day Forty, which is northeast of the section we visited today.  I happened to pick Lockport because I knew it was on the canal, and I knew how to get there after years of high school cross-conference swim meets and water polo games.  I figured I would just look for a place to park, and we’d walk along the canal.  What I didn’t know was that I would see signs for “Lincoln Landing” and would stop to check it out.  What a fortunate find.

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Lincoln Landing is a museum and park along the canal.  A sculpture of Abraham Lincoln as a young Illinois Legislator stands along the entrance to the park area.  I learned later that Lincoln was one of the Illinois legislators that worked for the construction of the canal to connect Lake Michigan to the Illinois River (which would complete a waterway to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico).  The area that would become the town of Lockport was named the headquarters of the construction project.

I also learned that railroads were later built along the canal, and a train carried Lincoln’s body through Lockport after his assassination.

Lincoln Landing opened in February of 2009 as a joint project of The Will County Historical Society and the Give Something Back Foundation.  The park displays several interactive signs about the history of Lockport, the canal, and Abraham Lincoln.  There are also interesting displays about canal shipping and how locks work.

We briefly walked across the canal on two pedestrian bridges.  I’m always a sucker for a pedestrian bridge.  There’s a sturdy beauty in bridges, and standing on a bridge gives a new and different perspective of the cars or water below.  I also have such respect for the civil engineers that build them; I wouldn’t be able to build a bridge to span anything.

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Good day, good walk!