Another party at Willow West, with big fires to take the edge off the morning chill. It's remarkable how quickly you get warm once you start moving; it's only when you stop for a break, or on the slow walk out, away from the fires, that you are reminded of the cold.
We stayed mostly on high ground, above a couple crisscrossing ravines, in that netherland that feels like the middle of nowhere 'til you see a flash of reflected light from a car passing on the not-so-distant road. Beautiful place, fantastic people doing great things!
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday January 14
We removed honeysuckle and multiflora rose from the SW edge of the prairie. Forest Preserves of Cook County has installed a bench at this spot honoring the contributions of long-time Hidden Pond steward, and Palos regional steward, Roger Keller. Come spring we will partner with FPCC for a dedication of the bench.
Thanks to (almost) first-time volunteers Josh and Emma, to Jim from Thatcher Woods, to Jean and Mary, Kathy, Chris and Michelle for a good and enjoyable morning.