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“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear.“ --Or maybe somewhere in between!

This group is for men and women who enjoy having others to join them for outdoor activities.

We are looking for like minded individuals to come together for hikes and other outdoor activities to promote fitness and well-being. We walk at a very brisk pace. If that is not your current pace, feel free to come out, but please realize that people will probably walk faster than you at the beginning and you can eventually adapt to meet the pace of the group. Please note that you are ultimately responsible for yourself, your safety and your ability to complete a hike or event. If you begin the activity, you must be able to complete it or successfully see yourself back to your vehicle. The organizer and other members cannot take responsibility for you. We believe in encouraging others to reach new potential and health benefits, but to also be mindful of their own abilities and to be patient to slowly adapt their abilities. While I would like to hike locally, often, I am hoping to keep it interesting and to add other locations...like Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Park, etc.

It is MANDATORY to post a picture of yourself, simply for the purpose of members being able to recognize you when you are joining us on events. It is a courtesy so that we all feel safe and welcomed!

I am a Certified Life Coach and my business, BenVia Life Coaching, is taking on the role of sponsor (covering the cost of running the site/organizer dues) of this group. I hope you enjoy your time with us!

Upcoming events (4+)

Hike @ Turtle Lake Access: Renwick Lakes off Lockport St-4 Miles

Needs a location

STARTING PROMPTLY AT 5:30!

1.25, 4 or 5.25 mile Hike! Let's meet at the Lockport Street Turtle Lake
Access. Please note that there are parts of this trail that tend to have standing water on the path in the early spring or after excessive rains. Consider waterproof footwear or a tolerance for getting your feet a little wet, on occasion.

PLEASE COMMENT AS TO WHAT PACE AND DISTANCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO AT, SO THAT LIKE MINDED INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN US.

Please bring:

Water and snacks
Decent walking/hiking shoes
Dress in layers and according to weather forecast
A good attitude

Hike at Eaton Preserve

Needs a location

If you are running late, start out clockwise and you will run into us.

This is a paved path that runs along the DuPage River. It is a 1 mile loop (similar length to Settler's Park) and I intend to do several. There is plenty of parking. There is barely any shade, so take that into consideration in hotter weather. A map is located under "files" on the "More" tab. See you there!

Please bring:
A good attitude
Decent walking /hiking shoes
Dress in comfortable layers and according to weather forecast
Drinking water and snack

Hike the Riverview Park, 4.5 miles

Needs a location

We will be hiking the Riverview trail of the DuPage River trail in Plainfield. Each loop is 1.5 miles and you can choose to do however many you prefer. I am shooting for 3 loops, 4.5 miles.

Please note that there are no bathrooms of any kind at this location.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=dupage+river+trail+plainfield+il&hl=en&ll=41.618747,-88.199658&spn=0.012111,0.01929&sll=41.616902,-88.201536&sspn=0.006056,0.009645&hnear=Dupage+River+Trail,+Plainfield,+Will,+Illinois+60544&t=m&z=16

The walking/biking trail starts at Riverview Park, located on Naperville-Plainfield road just east of Route 59 and is behind Plainfield Lock Techs and the drive is just east of the tracks. It looks like you are going to an office building but the trail head is behind the building.

This trail follows the ComEd right-of-way to a turnaround loop at 143rd Street. It will, eventually, be part of the 29-mile DuPage River Trail starting in Naperville and ending in Channahon. It provides an access point which allows people to use the river for canoeing, kayaking and tubing, and the path and bridge provide greater access for fishing,

Hike @ Turtle Lake Access: Renwick Lakes off Lockport St-4 Miles

Needs a location

STARTING PROMPTLY AT 5:30!

1.25, 4 or 5.25 mile Hike! Let's meet at the Lockport Street Turtle Lake
Access. Please note that there are parts of this trail that tend to have standing water on the path in the early spring or after excessive rains. Consider waterproof footwear or a tolerance for getting your feet a little wet, on occasion.

PLEASE COMMENT AS TO WHAT PACE AND DISTANCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO AT, SO THAT LIKE MINDED INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN US.

Please bring:

Water and snacks
Decent walking/hiking shoes
Dress in layers and according to weather forecast
A good attitude

Past events (1,456)

Hike at Eaton Preserve

Needs a location

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