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.
Sorry to do this to everyone, but I'm changing the date of this outing. My daughter was at the Arboretum today and the daffodils are near peak along with the magnolias. This Thursday the weather is supposed to be beautiful; and I'd hate to wait too long and miss them. If this new date doesn't work for you please change your rsvp accordingly. I'll post another hike for next Tuesday, probably to somewhere where the bluebells should be blooming, so watch for that instead.
Spring is finally arriving in Chicagoland, and the beautiful glades of daffodils, wildflowers and flowering trees at the Arboretum should be in full bloom. We'll meet at the Thornhill Education Center (parking lot 21 on the west side map) and explore the less-travelled west side - including uncovering the hideout of those sneaky trolls! We'll walk approximately 4 miles on easy trails. I'll check the weekly "bloom report" and plan our route accordingly.
I'm setting the rsvp limit at 18 but no higher since even though the trails are easy our route may have several twists and turns. First come first served!
Optional lunch after in the Gingko Cafe.
For those who are not members and would like to enter the park with me or another member, or for members who are willing to give others a ride in, please meet at 9:45 at the Dunkin Donuts at the SW corner of Warrenville Road and Route 53. (4300 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, IL 60532). Cost is only $5 if you're in the car with a member (or the car directly behind the member's). Otherwise the entrance fee is $15 adults/$13 seniors. Please post a message in the comments here if you're planning to do this, to make sure we have enough member cars to accommodate. To those who regularly ride with me from my house, let me know if you'd like to do that.
I won't collect the regular $1 meet-up contribution since you're already paying to go in.
Info and maps of the Arboretum at: http://www.mortonarb.org/