A Snow Covered Saturday…


L.L. Bean Kayak Display

We have managed to dig out from the first snow storm of the season. The area was blanketed with several inches of snow on Thursday and by today things were cleared and travel was hassle-free.

We visited the DuPage County F.P. offices to pick up volunteer forms to do Trail Patrol work.

Trail Patrol

Enjoy biking or walking through the forest preserves while providing a valuable service to visitors as a Trail Patrol volunteer. Trail Patrol volunteers can receive training on bicycle safety, and learn how to answer frequently asked questions about the Forest Preserve District. Pairs of volunteers traverse the most popular preserves in the county. In addition to answering questions, they distribute trail maps and communicate adverse trail conditions and emergencies to the District’s Office of Law Enforcement. Share your interest in forest preserve trails as a Trail Patrol volunteer.

Bike Patrol Unit

Age Requirement 18 years and up
Application Required Yes
Deadline March 1
Commitment One season (April – October) with a minimum of 8 hours per month

Bike patrol volunteers augment current efforts by providing additional eyes and ears for the District’s Office of Law Enforcement. They notify Law Enforcement of unsafe conditions and activities and provide assistance and information to trail users.

Basic Responsibilities*

  • Patrol assigned trails while riding a bicycle and report suspicious or unusual situations to Law Enforcement.
  • Provide non-enforcement and non-confrontational services to the public.
  • Notify Law Enforcement of trail hazards.

For More Information

*For a complete Volunteer Position Description or to answer additional questions call Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681, or e-mail volunteer@dupageforest.com.

Then it was off to pick up some breakfast bagels, coffee and oatmeal before beginning the drive up to Cabelas to pick an online order of winter clothing. Afterwards we visited the local L.L. Bean store in the neighboring Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center. It seems to be a thriving concern. Just wish I had been in on the “ground floor” when they were looking for investors.

We drove homeward with a brief stop at the Naf Naf Grill in Naperville for a very late luncheon before heading out for coffee. (Note: this chain of middle eastern restaurants is certainly one to consider when you are thinking about investing.)

While we drank our coffee and ate the baklava we had purchased I scouted out subjects to photograph in Naperville. Then it was off for home in earnest to spend some time with the cats.