Welcome to the Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb, Illinois! Last weekend we arrived at our hotel mid-afternoon and wanted to take a nice walk after a long drive. The lady at the hotel suggested the Forest Preserve, so we decided to see what it was all about. As you can see, it is friendly, complete with a fun welcome sign at the entrance.
It is out in the midst of farmland. See the farm behind us on the left. The entire preserve is surrounded by farms and crops.
They didn’t have a good map of the place and being as Mom can almost get lost standing still, we decided to follow the path around the water. Unfortunately, it had a lot of offshoots and we did take some of those, but in the end, we found our car again without any trouble.
There were lots of these big, rectangular rocks at the picnic areas. Finally, we gave in and did a photo of us sitting on one of them. Note how beautiful the blue sky is! The weather was absolutely perfect, almost too warm, but we survived.
One of the paths we took went over what must be a flood area when they have lots of water. We will call it a boardwalk.
These pretty yellow flowers were all over in the prairie along the walking paths. They are in full bloom.
For those folks who are interested in more information on the Afton Forest Preserve, we stumbled across this informational sign. It seems like it is perhaps, Scandinavian???
They have a big observation deck overlooking the area where we were walking. The view was great with the clear sky and sunshine! The walking paths are a mix of grass, gravel, wood, and asphalt.
Mom had us climb up onto the platform as an exercise. The stair treads are open which frightens some dogs, but we did just fine and had no trouble hanging out up on top.
It was almost eighty degrees out, but we still obeyed the signs and stayed of the ice. Well, actually, we could not find any ice. We hoped to find some to cool us off, but no luck.
That is our hour long visit to the Afton Forest Preserve in a nutshell. We headed back to the hotel, and then off to bed because Olivia had to sniff at her trial on Sunday. If you are ever in DeKalb, it is a fun place for a walk.
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