Archive for February 2020

Cooper Hawk Family Grove -- Winter Trails; Bat Roost and Deer; Old Man and his beer; Ghost Bicycle; Lone Graves

Cooper Hawk Family Grove -- Winter Trails; Bat Roost and Deer; Old Man and his beer; Ghost Bicycle; Lone Graves
Yesterday was as good a day as any for taking a walk in the snow at Cooper Hawk Family Grove. It’s never very crowded there, even in nicer weather, perhaps because there are no porta-potties or grills or water pumps.  Yesterday was no exception, a Sunday afternoon in the middle of a Chicago-area winter. But... Read more »

Southern Forest Preserve Maple Lake -- Boats, Canoes, Fishing -- and it's haunted, don't you know.

Southern Forest Preserve Maple Lake -- Boats, Canoes, Fishing -- and it's haunted, don't you know.
Maple Lake in southern Cook County Forest Preserves has been a favorite recreation destination for Chicago area residents for decades. It has fancied itself up over the years by adding a nice new boathouse and concession stand and adding nicer boats and canoes.  I remember using the rowboats years ago and wondering how long the... Read more »