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Get Into Shape for X-C Skiing Then Wine Tasting @ Fox Valley Winery


Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve (west of Batavia) is a great place to get your legs into shape for x-country skiing. It is a wooded glacial kame rising 50+ ft. over the surrounding countryside. The drive looping around the mound is wide, paved, and is shared by Fox Valley hikers and cyclists getting into and staying in shape. Base to base the west part of the drive is 0.5 mi. There is outhouse at the top of the hill. Drinking water is shut down for the season.  There is occasional vehicle traffic moving 5 to 10 mph on the drive.

If anyone wants to join me I usually do 2 hrs of up & down, base to base walking/jogging (OK not much jogging) on the west part of the drive Saturday & Sunday mornings. I’m back on to my regular weekend schedule (Sat & Sun 9-11 am) and continue to x-country skiing season starting on Jan 4.  If you see a red Jeep Commander in the parking lot, I'm on the mound.

If anyone is interested in socializing after the hike on Saturday we can head down to Fox Valley Winery in Oswego on Rt 34.  It’s about ½  hr drive south of Johnson's Mound FP.  Feel free to join me to taste or purchase wine, or just do the hike. There are also microbreweries and restaurants in the area if anyone is interested those places.

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  • Ray

    If any one is still coming, you'll probably want to bring rain gear

    November 16, 2013

  • Will C

    how many miles is this hike?

    November 15, 2013

    • Destiny T W.

      9 miles I believe.

      November 15, 2013

    • Ray

      as many as you like. Its up & down on a hill

      November 16, 2013

  • Destiny T W.

    Sorry guys, I was really looking forward to this, but it turns out I have to work my second job that day. Until next time...

    November 15, 2013

  • Dawn

    Hi Ray...I'm I'm a maybe...I may have a work conflict. I will check in by late Friday or early Saturday so you know to expect me or not. If I don't make it this weekend..I sure hope to join you thru the season. Great idea and I need the workout!

    November 14, 2013

  • Gail

    Sorry I won't be able to make it this weekend afterall.

    November 13, 2013

  • Pamela R

    I'm still going! I noticed Destiny Rsvp for both of us.. SEE U THEN. excited to try something new.. yay outdoors.

    November 12, 2013

  • Dick D.

    there's a limit of 10 people?

    November 10, 2013

    • Ray

      Its just an administrative check. There really isn't a limit. There is ample parking.

      November 11, 2013

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