Our thanks to first-time volunteer Al and to Piotr and Rafal, brothers from Oak Lawn who join us periodically. We were along both sides of the connector trail that comes out of Forty Acres Woods, thinning trees and burning six brush piles.
The topography here is as spectacular as anywhere in Palos and stands in sharp contrast to most of Illinois. It's no wonder hikers and sightseers from all around the county come here to visit.
Saturday was the last day on the Friends of the Forest Preserves Palos crew for Greg Russ. Greg started volunteering with us last year and began work with the FOTFP crew last fall. He found a position in bird rehabilitation in northern Wisconsin. We wish him success and fulfillment in his new endeavor!
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday February 4
Light snow falling in the afternoon made Cap even prettier, and it surely didn't stop Patrick's bowsaw assault on honeysuckle. Up on the hillside, above the trail and wetland, we had a terrific view of the landscape in three directions (we're working on opening up the view in the fourth).
We were few in number, probably more due to weather and road conditions than to some football game rumored to occur later in the day. We still got a lot of brush cleared and had a good fire to take the edge off the chill.