Category Archives: Hikes and Likes

Current status of hiking trails and recommendations for your hiking enjoyment

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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Water Reigns

Conversations about the weather focus on the abundance of rain instead of the usual July shortage. There is no drought in Central Illinois – not this year. Even the morning agriculture program now discounts the farmer’s adage “Rain makes grain.” … Continue reading

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So the saying goes, “Rain makes grain.”

In spite of the agriculture saying “Rain makes grain,” have we had enough – for now? Flood Advisories and warnings are posted for all parts of Illinois, including the Sangamon River in Piatt County. As the river winds through the … Continue reading

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Flowers Abound – More on the Way

Last week’s first wave of Hepatica blooms has faded to be replaced by its three lobed liver colored leaves. Dutchmen’s Britches and Bloodroot dominate the slopes and forest floor. By next week, today’s white blooms will give way to the … Continue reading

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A Spring Pilgrimage

Easter Sunday proved to be a glorious, sunny, dry day. The multiflora rose on the flood plain will soon  snarl the floor making any hiking a stickery trek. Unlike today’s soggy conditions, hiking conditions Sunday were ideal! A return visit … Continue reading

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Spring Has Sprung at the Park

The Buck Shroth trail presented good hiking conditions before Sunday’s rain. The Lost Garden trails had some sloppy spots and standing water in the low parts. Weather forecast shows the next few days to dry.   Spring flowers are poised … Continue reading

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February First – A Frosty Day

2015 2 1 Snowstorm Hike Yesterday’s predicted blizzard failed to develop – at least for Piatt County. About three inches of wet, slushy snow fell but by early afternoon the weather was calm. Today, Ground Hog’s Day, brings a clear … Continue reading

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The Trails are Alive with Beautiful Flowers

Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Green Trail offered ideal hiking conditions. Rain moved in on Sunday and persisted throughout Monday, April 14. Low temperatures into the 20’s are predicted for the next two nights. Hopefully not too many tender plants … Continue reading

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Is it Spring Yet??

Turning into The Park this morning a crowd of cars at the Centaur parking area gave surprise. The path from the lot to the Centaur path remained snow-covered but quickly gave way to spongy mud in the sun exposed clearing. … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Walk in The Park

Yesterday blustery winds began midafternoon. The fierce wind howled forcefully. Yesterday morning proved to be the best time to enjoy the fall day in The Park. The scaffolding erected around the west Charioteer gave the first surprise of the morning. … Continue reading

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