Jan. 20, 2019 “Great Blue Heron” 6 Hikers
The weather has been against us the last few days and if no one showed up today, the hike would be cancelled. Six of us showed up! Temperature was at 8 above, no wind, and sunny. Access road to lock 6 was drifted over and we opted a different area. Our group never hiked to lock 1 which we did today. There is no trail east from lock 2. It was slow going as we had to contend with fallen trees and deep snow. Two from our group ventured farther to the Illinois River. Of special interest, because of flooding in the Spring, the pilings were much higher at lock 1. A wall was built on the top of the lock on the south side. Yes, the lock is under water during high water and you know its there for those 2 features. We had no idea on our mileage today but it took us over 2 hours to complete.
Feb. 17, 2019 “Bald Eagle”
Local weather forecast for today “Don’t venture out on the highways, continued snowing for the day”. I took the advise but asked Rene or Wayne to take over if hikers showed up. Rene took over, but only 1 hiker braved the weather. Hike cancelled! This is the second time we had to cancel a hike here. An ice storm a few years ago make access impossible.