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|
|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|
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.