I guess the Lady I rescued and I have been absent a lot lately, but I’m happy to tell you that we’re still around and not planning any more time off. The Lady abandoned me for several days this month, first to visit family in Nebraska, and then to Florida with her Bayer influencer team. So, we completely missed Walk Your Dog Week, among many other activities. To make up for it the Lady took me, not Taffy, just me back to the North Branch Trail Southern Extension, in the Cook County Forest Preserves, to make up for our time apart. With the new southern extension, this trail is now the best forest preserve walk near Chicago!
We started way at the bottom of the picture, LaBagh Woods, where the new North Branch Trail extends from the Forest Glen Woods south. In our last trip to the North Branch Trail that’s where we walked to, which was the plan for this walk, to head north. But, since we parked in the middle, we headed south towards the Irene C. Hernandez picnic area, on an absolutely amazing Autumn day to enjoy a forest preserve walk near Chicago.
The Flooded North Branch of the Chicago River
We found lots of trails off the paved path, taking you down to the river, the North Branch of the Chicago River. Of course we had to explore so that we could see the effects of all the rain we had, about 7 inches in 24 hours. We found the river very high, almost all the way up the bank, covering the bottom of trees.
An Old Railroad Track and Bridge
We left the river and headed back to the paved trail, while stopping to check out a former railroad, and the bridge, we saw from the river.
We’re heading north now, we passed our car, in the direction of the sign promising a postcard ahead, the reason for our walk. Just around a bend we found the North Branch Trail Postcard, the Lady took lots of pictures to make sure we could enter to win Forest Preserve prizes!
We continued on the path as it curved with high walls on either side. The Lady thought it would be fun for me to walk along the wall and pose for pictures. Only the wall kept going up as high as her, so I didn’t find it all that fun. But she made sure I didn’t jump off and got me down safely.
So it’s not like we were planning on going much further any way. The river flooded out the path ahead and since the Lady could read, she headed us back to the car.
The North Branch Trail Postcard
That’s when she saw the other side of the postcard, the front side! So she took some more pictures and this is the one entered on Instagram. Unfortunately for us, October 15th was the last day to enter for forest preserve prizes.
We are so lucky to have trails and forest preserves to enjoy while living in a big city. As the southern extension continues it’s path to connect with the lakefront it’s definitely the best forest preserve walk near Chicago. It’s a shame to not take advantage of them, which is why we’re planning the next trip after the flooding subsides.