Last Friday Mom took me and Olivia to Murphy Hanrehan Park Preserve to go walking. We hear a lot about this place, but had never been there. It is another one of the Three Rivers Park District places and it is not far from one of our favorites, Cleary Lake. They also have a nice looking dog park, but we are not big dog park fans, so we don’t go to dog parks much. Taking a nice hike is more fun.
Looking at the park online, it seems to have a lot of trails. One thing we know for sure is that our mom gets lost easily. Before heading out on a walk, we have to study the map and try to figure out where we need to go so we can eventually come back to the parking lot. The sign mentions hilly trails, and they are sure right about that. It was a bit like walking on a roller coaster track, but we all enjoyed the workout.
Mom says the map didn’t make much sense to her, but we headed out following signs for the Knob Trail. The name is easy to remember as we walk along. Sometimes she gets scared when there are a lot of trails and she isn’t sure which way to go because she thinks we will get lost. Since her heart attack she panics a little bit but we keep going so she can work through it. We are with her, so she isn’t alone and it always works out.
They are not kidding when it comes to hills. You can see one of the hills behind us in this shot. Going downhill was most fun but Mom says it is a bit scary because the leaves are slippery and we pull a lot.
Black Friday is a great day. With everyone out shopping and not walking, squirrels are out and about like crazy, making us go nuts! Who can focus on the camera if squirrels are racing about?
It can be irritating when we are focusing on squirrels and our mom is demanding that we look at the camera. Olivia and I took turns letting her know our feelings on the subject. Don’t worry, she doesn’t take it personally. Mom knows it is a losing battle if squirrels are running around.
There are picnic tables here and there along the trails. We decided to take a short break on top of one. The weather was cool, and the sun was behind the clouds, but all the hills with the ups and downs do tend to wear us all out and overheat us a little bit.
Olivia really gets worked up when squirrels tease her. She jumped up on the log and was totally focused, but there is no way to catch one if we are on leash.
Toward the end of our walk we found one of these shelters made from sticks. They are always fun to find and to sit inside of. We really like the Murphy Hanrehan Park Preserve. I’m sure we will be going back again one of these days. Mom did a good job and we didn’t even get lost! I guess we are lucky to have so many great places to get out and walk in nature around us here in the suburbs.
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