Photographer Mike McDonald talks and writes about the 'Wilds of Chicago'. Walking into Willow West you get a feel for that. No marked trails, numerous high ridges and deep ravines, such a pretty place!
After a couple hitches with equipment, we got rolling, got a fire built, and started loading it. The FOTFP crew and Steve on chainsaws, Doug on brushcutter, the rest of us hauling and hacking, we worked along the bottom of a deep ravine.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday December 24
Snow began falling around 7 am and by 9:00 the ground had a light coating. A lovely setting for a pre-holiday workout.
It got better when we walked the short distance from parking lot to work site and were greeted by a hot fire, compliments of Srdjan. No cold-finger anxiety, just jump in and work. We pushed farther down the slope to the north, while Karen distributed seed throughout the work area.
Thanks to Jackie, Srdjan, Tom, Max, Karen, Mike, Joe, Tom, and Omar for spending part of their Christmas Eve in Palos!
Paddock Woods Wednesday December 27
I didn't work this one, came out late on a hike to see these five bad@$$es working near the Montessori school on 119th Street. Probably the coldest morning of the season to date and they weren't fazed by it. Great job Bob, Gerri, Diane, Greg, and Michelle.