Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wild Explorers Club :: Richard Young Forest Preserve

It is not so much for its beauty that a forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Richard Young Forest Preserve is a hidden little gem.  You could drive right by the small, brown Forest Preserve sign in the blink of an eye.  

A good friend introduced me to this place back in the Spring when the foliage was still unfurling, and the trees were still in the process of filling the canopy.

With a little over a mile long hike, and fun little diversions like creek beds,  it is the perfect hike spot for a quick nature fix.

Our Wild Explorers Club met here last week for our hike.  A pretty intense thunderstorm the night before left the trail a little soggy and slippery, but it was still a great hike.

Personally, I love the smell of damp earth.  The forest was so green and lush.

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