Saturday's rain led to cancellation of our restoration day at Cap Sauers, so Sunday was our sole opportunity of the week. We had eight volunteers, including first-time Palos people Joe, Felix, and Margaret, as well as Debbie who doubled up at Kloempken Prairie in the morning and Partridge in the afternoon.
We each got a good upper-body workout as our targets, a thicket of honeysuckle, were quite robust. Most of the stems were beyond lopper size, with some too big to reasonably cut with bowsaws. For those we'll have to come back with a chainsaw or two.
Sunday, first day of spring, was picture-perfect, with blue skies, a light breeze, and shirt-sleeve temperatures.
Road Trip - Whistler Woods
As I mentioned above, we canceled our Saturday at Cap Sauers due to rain, so I trekked over to Whistler Woods in Riverdale. This place fascinates me; it's 137 acres of woodland and prairie tucked between the Little Calumet River and a steel company in a region - Calumet - with a long history of industry.
It's also the southern terminus of the Major Taylor Trail, named for an African-American cycling champion who competed from 1896-1910. One year he won 42 of the 57 races he entered in Europe. As an occasional cyclist, I was intrigued and am more impressed the more I learn.
Friends of the Chicago River has more information on Whistler Woods right here.