I had the rare chance to get outside for a while during the day today and enjoy the ridiculously great weather we’ve been having here in Illinois. I’m booked all day every day teaching, both at my student teaching placement and with my 25 private bass students. Add in gigs on the weekends and on some weeknights and I’m booked from dawn to dusk 7 days a week. Not cool.
Needing to be up in Libertyville, IL for private teaching this afternoon, I decided to drive a couple of miles north and check out Independence Grove, a forest preserve and recreation area that I’d been meaning to check out for years.
While Illinois pales in comparison to New Mexico or South Dakota (my wife’s home state and my home state, respectively), this wonderful nature area captures the charms of the prairie and the waterway-rich landscape of Lake County and is a great place to relax.
When I was younger, I would try to get away from it all and go for a walk outside just about every day. My time for this is almost nil right now, so I try to seize any opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fall.
Independence Grove has a great trail system, a lake with a beach, and a lot of restored prairie. While it might not compare to hiking the Sandias in Albuquerque like I was doing two months ago, it is definitely a great place to take in the natural beauty of Illinois!