Adventures in Birding: Prairie Chickens and Hawks in Southern Illinois…and a fw American White Pelicans

I signed up for an Illinois Audubon field trip to see Prairie Chickens at the Prairie Ridge Natural Area in Newton, Illinois. Every spring the males do a bit of a dance to attract the ladies. Normally they would have us all gather in a blind to get closer but due to Covid this wasn't … Continue reading Adventures in Birding: Prairie Chickens and Hawks in Southern Illinois…and a fw American White Pelicans

LEJOG Virtual Challenge, Mile 677: Just northeast of the Lake District

Spring is springing here in Chicago which has made it possible to commute more easily on my bike as well as take some longer walks, either while on my birding excursions or with Banita and Denali. Though the virtual trip doesn't have me going through the Lake District I thought I'd take you on a … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge, Mile 677: Just northeast of the Lake District

LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 565.6: Bradford/Leeds with a jaunt through the Peak District

This post is in memoriam of Banita's dear friend Steve Wright, who passed away this time last year. We were fortunate to be able to visit with him briefly in his home, near Leeds, in May 2019 during my 50th birthday trip. Upon his passing were were able to travel back to celebrate his life … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 565.6: Bradford/Leeds with a jaunt through the Peak District

LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 520.6: Sheffield and almost the halfway point

It's a big week in 'merica and stress levels are off the chart. Good time to visit my virtual trek. This mileage was completed via a couple five mile hikes in Upper Michigan and multiple, now short biking commutes to work. Been a busy couple months of fitting in a getaway, moving, and maintaining sanity … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 520.6: Sheffield and almost the halfway point