I LOVE HIKING. The views! The nature! Its a great workout and amazing stress/anxiety reducer.
This all started when I was a kid and going for nature walks in the local forest preserve and up in the forest by my Grandma’s house in northern Michigan.
Every since then I have loved going out and being in the woods. Its pretty flat here in Northern Illinois, but we have a couple places that we can hike. Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are somewhat local and very beautiful and have plenty of areas to hike, climb and many stairs to trek to really get a sweat going. If I can’t get out there then I go to the local forest preserves with the Husband and/or Charlie for a nature walk. Here are some pics of our adventures through the US!
Matthiessen State Park in Utica, IL.
Really cool caves too!!
Close by, and more populated, is Starved Rock
Took Charlie there after he was born, he loved it!
When I go on vacation, my number one thing that goes on the roster is Hiking…followed shortly by all the awesome foodie places and breweries/wineries.
Oahu, Hawaii….oh man, I loved going there, can’t wait to go back someday! (and yes…these are pictures…of pictures…)
I cant get this one to flip for some reason DANG IT! But that’s a cliff jump into a lagoon! SO FUN!!!!!! (although I didn’t listen to my cousin and point my toes..kinda landed on my butt on the water and had a HUGE bruise, but so worth it!)
Colorado….The arena at Red Rocks…can imagine having this around to do stairs! IT WOULD BE AWESOME!
My absolute favorite to this day…is Glacier National Park in Montana
Highline Trail…This was about 11 miles long, total elevation gain of 1950 ft…
Ran into some goats!
And saw a bear cross the road….srsly…
The hike Iceberg lake..about 10 miles..1275 ft elevation gain with insane views
an amazing lake at the end….with icebergs….the water was um..chilly…(and deceiving! to get to that iceberg I had to wade in water that was above my waist!)
We also did the Avalanche Lake hike, this one was shorter at about 4.5 miles with a 730 elevation gain, but it was amazing. This was on the other side of the mountain pass and it was a totally different atmosphere. Very green. Lots of moss and huge trees. It was so pretty, and there we these birds that would whistle..and it srsly sounded like a coach whistle, so weird!
Although about 2 months later I got to post this pic! Almost named one of the twins Montana!