Category Archives: Hikes and Likes

Current status of hiking trails and recommendations for your hiking enjoyment

Applause for the Shooting Stars of the Flower Show

And Now for the Star of the Wildflower Show –  Location: Lost Garden Parking Lot; The MacDonald Family Trail (Red) to the Sangamon River overlook The Spring wildflowers have been spectacular. And blooming since early March, too. This past weekend … Continue reading

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Long Walk Through the Park

Today was a long walk day. Twelve of the 22 kilometers passed through the Park. Three of these twelve kilometers traveled the red and blue trails accessed via the Lost Garden Trailhead and now the McDonald Family Trail. The plank … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignettes – A Birding Year at Allerton Park

We are now in the fourth month of A Birding Year at Allerton. Anyone can join at anytime by ‘buying’ a free ticket through Event Brite. Allerton paid events and entries are now done through this on line app. The … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignette – A Walk in the Park

The Park is awash in colors and textures. Wildflowers bloom abundantly throughout the Park. The wildflower season began early this year owing to the unseasonably warm temperatures in late February. On March 12th, Hepatica and Snow Trillium bloomed on the … Continue reading

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True or False Friend?

True Friends are like diamonds, Precious and Rare. False Friends are like autumn leaves, Found Everywhere…. Throughout the Park, Solomon’s Seal grows abundantly. True Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal look identical until it blooms and bears fruit. Once the … Continue reading

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Spring Wildflowers – ‘Open for Business’ – Hepatica and White Trillium

The wildflowers are officially ‘Open for Business’ on the Buck Schroth and Lost Garden trails. In the course of 24 hours, the Hepatica and White Trillium have pushed back the oak leaf mulch and bloom abundantly on the sheltered river … Continue reading

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“You have a lot of gall!”

On the tree identification hike, a discussion began about the meaning of this expression – ‘You/He/She has a lot of gall.’ On the hike, our leader had pointed out the abundant tree gall. Tree gall occurs as a sort of … Continue reading

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Ready….Set….. Bloom! – Spring Wildflowers – 2016

The wildflower season has officially begun. The Hepatica and white Snow Trillium burst through the oak leaf mulch on the sheltered slopes leading down to the river on the Lost Garden and Buck Schroth trails. Yesterday, March 8, 2016, small clumps … Continue reading

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Mrs. Smith’s Useless, Horrible, Wonderful Walk to The Park

AN ADULT TALE FROM THREE ACRE FARM –  Almost everyday Mrs. Smith takes an exercise walk. Usually Bob, the black farm dog, goes along with her. But this day, Mrs. Smith had a lot on her mind, so she walked … Continue reading

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Eagle Sighting – Can you find the eagle in this photo?

On Monday around Noon, this eagle was perched in the tree on 1400 North Rd at the drive entrance to an Allerton Farm. Always a red letter day when an eagle is sighted!!!

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