Thursday, October 30, 2014

10-30-2014 Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve

Today's Walker's Club hike went to Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve.  This is located not far from Starved Rock State Park.  We met in the Lodge's Lobby and carpooled, as there  are not many parking spots.  Today we had 33 hikers. We hike in a Nature Preserve twice a year.  Once in the late fall and the other in the winter.  There are really no trails and there are many brushy areas that are very much like you would imagine a Nature Preserve would be.  (Not really hikeable in the summer time).

Map of Mitchell's Grove

Lots and lots of Oak trees on the path

Many bird houses on the lead in trail

Milk weed pod

What a great day for a hike!

Tomahawk Creek looking to the south

Yes! there was Sandstone

Tomahawk Creek

Today we had a couple from Korea with us.

Man made dam in the distance

Once we went down to the creek area, we had to hike out

I thought I would be able to identify this if I looked it up.  I think it is a Swamp White Oak but not really sure.
A few dried plants
More dried plants
We started our hike with the sun out and gradually the sun went behind the clouds.  It was a great day to go to the Nature Preserve.  I love seeing different parts of the area I live in.  It has been a few years since the club has gone to this particular Nature Preserve as there are many to choose from.  Great Day!  Great Hike!  

I will leave you with this: Wherever you may hike or walk, just put one foot in front of the other.  It's all about the experience not the destination.

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