The Joliet Iron and Steel Works has been on my list for a while. I’ve always heard that it’s an interesting site / hike with some “ruins” to explore. Conveniently it’s along the I+M Bike Path, so we could actually ride there from Lemont, depending on your cycling ability. For our visit we drove to the […]
Lyman Woods may not be a large preserve, but i think it makes up for it’s size with its interesting wetlands and a unique nature center. The Nature Center The building is a great STEAM topic in itself with it’s sod roof that helps to recycle rain water with multiple rain barrels. The “William F. Sherman, […]
I’ve been wanting to visit Midewin for wayyyyyy too long… If you haven’t heard of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, southwest of Joliet along Route 53. Coincidently you’ll be using the old Route 66 highway to visit the area. The first thing you’ll notice is there is a lot of ground to cover, 18,000 acres actually. That said, […]
Get out more in 2016, that’s our goal for the new year. Some say we get a lot, it’s not enough for me. 🙂 We’re starting off with just a simple, quick hikes. One of our favorite places right now is a little north of Lemont off of Lemont Road in Darien. The preserve is […]
Finally, more snow !! Even though it was just a few inches, it was more than enough for us to get out for a quick break. We parked at the top of Bluff Road and started wandering east. This time we found a ravine and started heading south through it. It turned out to be […]
Its time to get over stage fright. I think I was more nervous about speaking publicly than battling 4′ waves on Lake Michigan but just like surviving those waves, I survived my first public appearance. Actually, just like getting over those waves and looking forward to more — I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to […]
We weren’t sure what to do on the “last” weekend of summer, so we took out our map of Dupage County Forest Preserves and through a dart at the map. It landed on the Lyman Center. We arrived and the boys (and myself) were interested in learning more about the turf roof. The staff and […]
Hiking around the Quarries looking for hidden treasures ! Great fun !