This is basically two preserves because they are split in half by an extremely large and busy street. I had explored the East side previously, and was a bit disappointed. This Monday evening though, I had an overwhelming need to be back outside amongst trees. It had been raining for several days, once again, so being outside had become mostly impossible lately. The chance to spend a Monday evening feeling calm after starting a new work week was something I couldn’t pass up.
I pulled in, parked, and walked around the area a bit looking for the start of the trails. The only trail that I found was one that led directly to a huge field and I am pretty sure was a horse race track or something similar. I knew there were supposed to be trails here, but I couldn’t find them. There was a cop car in the parking lot, and I was sure they were sitting in there watching me as I wandered back and forth suspiciously. Eventually I realized the car was empty and I was just being ridiculous.
I’m glad I didn’t give up. Eventually I realized the trails started behind the main building, and began a nice long journey into the trees. I even stopped at one point to play Geocache again, which gives a sense of Purpose to my forest preserve wanderings. There were a lot of smaller trails I wanted to
explore, but it had been raining so much that they were muddy and soaked, so I was forced to stay on the main trail. I wanted to continue for much longer, but the sun started to set and I knew I didn’t have much more time before dark. By the time I made it back to my car, I felt very calm and centered. And since there were a lot of paths I didn’t get to explore, I have plenty of reason to go back again!