So...what exactly are people doing in the forest preserves all the time?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:30:42 PM
In my area (suburban Chicago -Cook County) we are surrounded by forest preserves with parking lots and trails. I ride these trails in the summer.

I pass by several of these lots to and from work daily and see cars pull in all the time. I am curious why they go in there. It's cold here now and icy. I guess some could be walking/running the trails...

The majority of the people I see turn in the lots are males 35-55 yo.

Anyone familiar with this and what goes on? I am just curious and wonder about it every time I see someone turn in.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:37:58 PM
Well, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter campfires, drinking, escaping their SO's, having huge snowball fights...making snow forts, walking the dog?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:32:00 PM
A lot of people that are in their cars all day for work will pull in and eat their lunch too. My dh used to do that a lot. Or take calls, check emails etc. he didnt want to buy lunch every day and it was a free place to go to eat and catch up.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:34:58 PM
Could be a pick up place like I assume you are thinking. It could also be place popular for parking while you go with friends in another car.
Cross country skiing? Could be anything but it is more fun to think it is a hook up spot sometimes!

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Posted: 2/9/2013 2:02:49 AM
The flat areas are marshy and nature preserves, so you have to stay on the trails. Which they don't shovel in the winter.

There is one park up in McHenry out past Crystal Lake that is a notorious "pick up" spot. It's so bad, people don't park up there for lunch or to walk dogs because nobody wants to be seen there. Again, you're not supposed to go into the woods and off the trails.

Where I lived in Schaumburg, there was a small preserve beside my townhouse. There were big signs telling people not to go in there, but you could see kids walking in there all the time. I figured they were just going back there to hang out or smoke pot.

I wouldn't go in there to check it out because I've seen and heard the wolves that live in there at night. They're surrounded by developments, so I didn't want to tempt them with a good meal.

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