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Artwork courtesy of Susan Johnson
HomeHiking 2021-2022 Season

Downtown Chicago, 2021

Our annual downtown Christmas display hike was Monday, December 20.  It was a great day to be downtown - the weather cooperated.    This year the route was planned by John V. and Jim T.   It included some of our favorites that we've seen in other years and a few new stops. We started heading south on Michigan Ave. to the Blackstone and then headed to the Hilton, the Palmer House and Macy's.   From there we headed to the Chriskindlmarket, but it was very busy and we decided we did not want to mingle with the crowd.   Other highlights included the River Walk, a very pleasant walk along Michigan Ave north to the Drake before turning back to Millenium Park.  Lunch was at the Billy Goat Tavern -cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger....We met at 11:00 at the Cultural Center and finished our tour about 4:00.  Unsure how many steps we got in, but it was a lot of walking!   

We began this downtown Christmas walk a few years ago and it looks like the tradition will continue.  The decorations never disappoint and it is really a nice time.
2021 Christmas Downtown

Horsetail Lake/Swallow Cliff

On Dec. 17, Bernie, Scott, Karen, Andi, Jim T., Jeff, Alison and John V. hiked 5.5 miles in the Palos area.   This hike takes hikers to Swallow Cliff, the site of the long gone toboggon slide.  About 100 stairs are still there, however, and we stopped at the top for a look and a picture before continuing on.  Jim took the group on a little side spur which followed a cliff in the woods.   

John, Jeff, Scott, Bernie, Jim, Alison, Karen

The top of the stairs

Dennis, Frankie, Lois,Scott, Bernie

Photographer: John

Bailly Chellberg Farm - A Do Over

Dennis and Frankie, Lois, John, Scott and Bernie were able to hike on Dec. 12 at the Bailly Chellberg Farm in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  
This was rescheduled from Dec. 5 when the weather was rainy and dreary.  The boardwalk section at the farm has been completely redone to include railings . Very nice!  Unfortunately, they are not running the Christmas at the farm event this year.   

Afterward the group went to 18th Street Brewery in Miller for lunch.  The food was good and the group had the place to themselves.


The Homestead

December 5, 2021 BaillyChellberg Farm

You wouldn't know it from the picture, but this group of five daring hikers walked in drizzly, cool weather.  But with raincoats, umbrellas, good shoes and winter clothing we were warm and dry throughout.  The Bailly Chellberg Homestead is a beautiful area to hike in, with a lot of ravines, boardwalks, the river, forested areas and prairie.  In addition to all of the natural beauty, there are historical landmarks as well.   This is the site of the Maple Sugar Festival in early spring.  Perhaps we'll get together again at that time to enjoy this great area.

Karen, Alison, Jim

West Beach hike, Nov.21

Well, we were lucky again with some great fall weather.   The day started out a little drippy, but the skies soon cleared and we were able to hike in dry weather.  The leaves are off most of the trees but there were plenty on the ground.  Crunch, crunch, as we hiked along.  Bernie, Scott, Dennis, Andi, Lois, Ladd, Elaine, Jim T., Jeff and Allison were the 10 hikers that day.  Next scheduled hike is in two weeks.

Almost back to the beginning...

An Amazing View

Lois, Scott, Susan, Jim, Fern (Photographer: Bernie)

October 14, 2021
End of Season, rescheduled, hike
Plum Creek, Goodenow Grove

The traditional end of season hike was rescheduled due to very inclement weather weeks before.  It ended up nestled between the scheduled Indiana Dunes hike and West Beach.  But it all worked out as seven hikers came out in still somewhat questionable weather to get some exercise and enjoy lunch afterward.  FOS hikers are certainly a hardy bunch.  Not much stops a good hike in the woods!  

November 7, 2021 - Indiana Dunes, Trail 9 Hike

What a great day for FOS hikers.  After having to cancel our first/last hike of the season (the End of Season potluck washout) it was fun to be back to hiking again.  Trail 9 never disappoints.   After a steep walk up the dune to the ridge, the views of the lake were awesome.  Although autumn colors are somewhat disappointing this year, there were a few areas that offered stunning views.   After the hike, several enjoyed lunch in town.  The next hike will be at the rescheduled End of Season Potluck at Plum Creek.

Bernie, Scott, Andi, Jacob, Frankie, Dennis, Fern, Jim