So I used to drive past the Springbrook Prairie Preserve for many years. Over the years I would often see people running on trails which would snake along the side of the busy road for a little bit before vanishing out of view again. While driving, I would often wonder what was over there. Was it fun? Was it a cool place to explore?? Springbrook Prairie was another one of those places on my “Some Day” list. “Some day I’ll check it out” I told myself every time I drove by. But at least five years went by without me ever making time to visit the place, and once I moved away from that area, I forgot about it completely. Until, with the start of my Days of New experiment. Today was the day to make it happen.
I went early, as rain was forecasted to be rolling in within a couple hours. It was sunny when I left home, and within ten minutes on the road the clouds began to obscure the sky above me. I was excited to pull into this place. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot, and a lot of active people near the entrance trails. I assumed that this was a good sign that I would love this place. However, it was named prairie path for a reason, and that indeed was what it was. I walked along the paths for a while, as the temperature began to drop and the grey clouds began to blanket the sky.
There were a lot of people walking, running, and even biking here along these paths, so it must be a pretty popular place to exercise. I am glad I took the time to finally visit here, after all these years, but overall I decided this was not my favorite place. There were very few trees, it was just essentially a big open field. I explored it for an hour and a half, and that was more than long enough. The preserve is pretty huge, and I didn’t do it justice with the small part of it that I actually did explore. But I’m pretty sure the whole place is just more open flat land, and I was not interested in exploring more at this point. I made it back to my car, and the rain started as I was driving back home.