The southwest suburbs are full of wonderful forest preserves, parks and natural areas. I spend a lot of time walking/hiking in them, and I'm sure there are others of you who are retired, working part-time, between jobs or whatever who like to get some outdoor exercise during the week. Let's get together and do some walking!
We usually hike on Tuesday mornings for 1-2 hours, somewhere between 2 and 5 miles, at a moderate pace. Coffee or lunch afterwards is often an option. Occasional longer outings to places further away are a possibility, as are other days of the week. I don't want this to become a dog-walking club, so would prefer no dogs at least at this time.
Another of the Will County Woods Walks, with optional extras. The basic hike is 3 miles out-and-back on the I&M State Trail. Straight, flat, crushed stone, easy. Can go shorter or longer distance if you like. More info, map etc. at:
Then, for those who are interested we'll take a very short drive down Route 6 to the Rock Run Rookery Preserve. There, a 1/2 mile trail takes us between the two lakes and the Des Plaines River, where we'll look for migrating water birds. The white pelicans have landed in Illinois and been spotted downstream at Four Rivers, so we may get lucky and see some here too. Info on the Rookery at: https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/preserves/rock-run-rookery. But don't come to this location first by mistake!
Here's some info about the pelicans: https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/news-events/the-buzz/five-fascinating-facts-about-pelicans
And here's general info about the Will County Forest Preserve Woods Walks: https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/.