Beach Life – Day 11

By far the most amazing sunset we’ve experienced since the start of our commitment to the beach. Checkout my photos below – I took them in order as the night went on and the changes are so drastic and so beautiful. Started off sunny and nice when we arrived. Clouds started coming in and before we knew it, it was raining. The rain cleared the beach quick and it seemed like it would downpour. It cleared quickly – picture Hawaii-esque rain. Somehow, the storm went around us, but we could watch it in the distance. So many rainbows, but I couldn’t capture them from my phone’s camera. The clouds were unbelievable – what a sight. The beauty of the night made me forget everything in the entire day.

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook, IL

We were out and about in the area and thought it would be good to go for a walk. My sister found Fullersburg Woods nearby on Google Maps, so we parked up and picked a random trail to follow.

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve was a really nice place to get a good walk. There was a lot to see and for a fidgety person like myself, it’s nice to have a lot to look at. There’s a 3.2 mile loop you can walk and come across different sights. We saw a lot of interesting birds and some deer while we were there. I got a good photo of an egret while we were there too.

My parents are nearby, so I would definitely go back. It’s a nice, short walk with a lot to see. It’s well maintained and was large enough to be distanced from others. Definitely bring bug spray. It was pretty buggy throughout.

Check out some of the photos I took during our walk in Fullersburg Woods.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Had some days off so we decided to swing by the Chicago Botanic Garden to get a good walk in.
The grounds are very well maintained and large enough to be able to get space, but small enough that you can get through everything in fairly quickly.
Some may think the admission is on the pricier side, but I’m sure a lot of goes towards maintaining the grounds, so I think it is going to a good place.
Everything wasn’t in full bloom yet while we were there, so I’m sure we will go back again soon.
Overall, I would say everything at the Botanic Garden is really pretty & put together.
Not your pure nature walk, but it’s close to the city and has easy trails to walk that are nicer than the city streets.

Parking is $8 per car and it’s easiest to just purchase online before arriving.
Admission pricing differs per day and event, but you can purchase that in advance as well.

Check out some of the photos I took during our walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL

Swung by the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL on our way home from Devil’s Head. We had wanted to check out this botanic garden for a long time, but nothing really brought us near Rockford for us to make the trip.

The gardens are beautiful and so well maintained. The admission for a Sunday was $11/person and we just paid in-person. I’m sure it will be more beautiful as it gets warmer and more of the trees and flowers bloom. Overall, it’s pretty small and you can check out the entire place in an hour or two. There is a restaurant that was super packed and looked to be cute, but we didn’t end up checking it out.

I’m not sure I would visit here again if I ended up in Rockford.
There are 2 other botanic gardens in Rockford I’ve not seen, so I would rather see those than Anderson Japanese Gardens again. If you happen to be in the area or passing through, I would recommend visiting here, but I don’t think it is worth the trip just for this.

Check out some of the photos we took during our visit at the Anderson Japanese Gardens below!

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Hiking at Devil’s Lake in Baraboo, WI

My sister and her husband ended up renting a house for a short getaway in Baraboo and invited us to come visit and stay with them for a night.

We took a small 3.5hr road trip with my other sister early Saturday morning and arrived in time to get in a good hike. It was a beautiful day for a hike, and such a great time since the trees hadn’t fully grown in yet, so a lot less bugs. The views over the water from the top of the cliffs are beautiful. There were also 5-6 hawks circling and at one point while climbing we were eye level with them, which was pretty cool.

My sister’s husband picked out the trails for us to hike and initially thought we were going to do 3.8 miles. Turned out to be over 10 miles – don’t ask!, which gave all of us a good workout.

The trails had pretty good incline and some parts were climbing on rocks. There weren’t any paved trails, so you will find a lot of rocks, sticks, roots, etc. to trip over. The leaves and rocks can get a little slippery, so you need to have shoes with good traction. There were a few different water fountain stations at various stops, so if you need a refill make sure you stop when you have the chance.

Check out some of the photos we took from our hike below!

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