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    Hiking 10.07.2021

    Let's call today misadventure.

    Was up at 5 am, thought my allergy reactions had cleared, figured let's drive to the Leon Creek Greenway and see if I can find Devil's Den. But allergies not cleared, clumsy. With school started up early morning traffic is a pain, probably too 30 minutes to drive 15 miles to Ingram Park bus center and trailhead.

    So here I start just as it's getting light, the bridge across a tributary of Culebra Creek.



    And just the other side of the bridge, Deception Trail.



    Deception Trail is a round-about way to Devil's Den so I take it. It's a bike trail but not used much. It's a nice and easy hiking trail most of the way.



    It goes under the Ingram Road bridge over Culebra Creek and then circles back around and crosses the main greenway.



    And back under the Ingram Road bridge.



    And back at the bridge as expected.



    And that's where things turned south, so to speak. Snagged a finger on a thorny bush, enough to get blood on my paper map. But worse, the trail disappeared. I turned left under the bridge and found and followed a trail that went off West across Culebra Creek and up a hill. Definitely the wrong way. So I backtracked to where I'd turned right and found a trail sign to the left, naturally. Up close it was hard to tell where the trail was.



    This was looking back under the bridge to Culebra Creek where I'd wandered off track. But there wasn't much of a trail headed the other way I wanted to go so I decided to start there next time.

    Headed back up the greenway and the sun was just coming up as I approached the bridge over the tributary.



    Bambi almost let me touch him.



    Here's the map I used, marked where I walked. X is whereabout Devil's Den is.

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    My Wife wanted to go walking the trails last Sunday. So she took me to Swallow Cliff Trails in Palos Park Il.


    Then we got there and the torture was from the beginning.





    Yep Up all those stairs just to get to the trails. I told her next time I will bring a wheelchair and she can take her time getting me up there.
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    No pain no gain!
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    I spent the better part of last Thursday, 10/7, hiking the South Mountain battlefield. The Appalachian Trail runs right through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    My Wife wanted to go walking the trails last Sunday. So she took me to Swallow Cliff Trails in Palos Park Il.


    Then we got there and the torture was from the beginning.





    Yep Up all those stairs just to get to the trails. I told her next time I will bring a wheelchair and she can take her time getting me up there.
    That reminds me of the time years ago when my brother in law took us ( my sister, her friend and my wife and I ) x-country skiing to a "nice beginner trail". It was not as advertised and was intermediate at least. It started with a mile uphill. He and I went ahead at one point and circled back across the whole trail but no women? They had bailed finding a shortcut out and were pissed! My sister fell multiple times and they vowed to never ski with Paul again. Like a good brother in law I fueled the fire. LOL
    It remains a family joke to this day. But it was NOT considered funny by those women for some time.

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