I was excited about this event also. The weekend seemed like a great opportunity to go check out a forest preserve in another town, one kinda far away that I normally wouldn’t check out. So I actually woke up early, and headed over there by 9AM. I was definitely excited, as today was the first beautiful day after a week of endless clouds and dreary rain.
I was frustrated at first. The path seemed to be just a long straight running trail with a thin line of trees to my left and huge power lines to my right. There were a lot of people running and biking on the trail, but I didn’t understand why people chose this trail over all the others out there. I could constantly hear the crackling electricity from the power lines above me, and that just filled me with nerves. I was getting annoyed that this place was even called a forest preserve, since it didn’t even seem to have more than a long line of thin trees. But I reminded myself that at least I was getting a wonderful start to a beautiful Sunday morning by going out and explore, instead of sitting at home on facebook.
Eventually though I was surprised to find a pretty trail that went north around some ponds and through some trees. And then on the way back I found an amazing trail that was straight through a beautiful forest. It made me realize that I had been a bit presumptuous to judge Timber Ridge Forest Preserve so harshly, I actually loved the second half of my journey. Plus I got some good exercise, great sunlight, and awesome pictures.