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.

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.  Alternatively, we can head to one of the microbreweries in the area or one of the local bar/cafés for lunch.

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  • Mimi W.

    its a perfect hike to get into shape for X-C skiing.

    November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anyone attending from the Chicago area? I know it's a bit last-minute but I'd love to join, and I can meet you for a ride anywhere in Chicago. I'll help with gas? :)
    My number is[masked]-8144. Thank you!

    I love this group, but everything we do is always really far for those of us with no car!

    November 23, 2013

  • Destiny T W.

    Sorry, had to change my RSVP at the last minute guys. My car is sounding pretty funny and I am not sure it will make it there and back. It is due to go to the shop on the 29th. I will have to post pone any more trips until repairs are done.

    November 22, 2013

  • frances

    I am going to try to reach the Mound. Hopefully I will see the red Jeep Commander in the parking lot.Guess best would be to have a red flag waving
    for someone to find me. If not,will try to attend the Winery. F.B.

    November 22, 2013

  • Martin

    I will be visiting Chicago next week. Can anyone recommend any paved trails in the downtown area, or any wooded trails outside of downtown? Thank you!

    November 22, 2013

  • Dawn

    Sorry again Ray -- work is holding me hostage

    November 22, 2013

  • Gary F

    Ray - going to try and make it, but work's been a bear this week. Stay well!

    November 22, 2013

  • Ray

    As always, there is no "waiting list". There is plenty of parking and if you decide to show up at the last minute, please feel free to do so.

    November 21, 2013

  • robert

    Have you ever been  Acquaviva Restaurant and Winery after this event?

    November 19, 2013

    • robert

      Acquaviva Restaurant and Winery47W614 Rt. 38Maple Park, IL[masked]-0333. Only been there once. I would guess 10 - 15 minutes away.

      November 19, 2013

    • Ray

      Works for me

      November 20, 2013

  • Destiny T W.

    ok, I have this Saturday off! Yeah! My plan is to make it out there! See you guys there!

    November 18, 2013

    • Ray

      I'm there every Sat & Sunday morning @ 9 am to 11 am, rain or shine. If your late, we're easy to find on the loop drive. If you don't make it this time, there is always next time.

      November 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    Hope to make it this time, Ray

    November 18, 2013

    • Ray

      I'm there every Sat & Sunday morning @ 9 am to 11 am, rain or shine. If your late, we're easy to find on the loop drive. If you don't make it this time, there is always next time.

      November 19, 2013

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