Hiking Sand Ridge State Forest

National Trails Day, a day to celebrate dirt (or in this case, sand) underfoot. I drove down to central Illinois for some hiking and camping at Sand Ridge State Forest on Saturday, interest piqued by the unusual things I’d heard about the area and the opportunity to do some backcountry camping (not easy to come … More Hiking Sand Ridge State Forest

Winter Camping: Starved Rock State Park

The polar vortices came, we hunkered down, but when they momentarily left, we took the opportunity a few weekends ago to head over to Starved Rock State Park to see some bald eagles and do some winter camping as a family. The weather turned out to be quite warm, enough to soften the snow and … More Winter Camping: Starved Rock State Park

Hiking the Effigy Tumuli Trail

This last weekend, I had the bright idea of heading down to Starved Rock State Park, camping the night and doing some canyon hiking. Unfortunately, many many other people had the same idea – their ENORMOUS parking lot was filled to capacity, with overflow lots parked up as well. Completely not what I had in … More Hiking the Effigy Tumuli Trail