Hiking Illinois: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

During last week’s #HikerChat, I was complaining (sort of) about the fact that my nearest National Forests are more than six hours away. The National Forests Foundation suggested I visit the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. I had thought about it before, when I was looking for dispersed camping opportunities near Chicago (there are none) and … More Hiking Illinois: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Hiking and Camping: Garden of the Gods

Pretty much from the time I moved to Chicago the first time, almost 30 years ago, I’ve had a visit to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness on my bucket list. Last weekend, for Thanksgiving, that dream became a reality. Millions of years ago, this area was covered by a giant inland sea, with sandstone … More Hiking and Camping: Garden of the Gods