|Our March activity was a campout at Gebhard Woods State Park, followed by a 6.7 mile hike along the Illinois Michigan Canal from Gebhard Woods east to Aux Sable Aqueduct. I had jury duty this week so I was unable to attend the campout, but drove to Morris early Saturday morning for the hike.|
|Carlos rolling up his sleeping bag.|
|Scoutmaster Dale Blotter surveys his domain.|
|Carlos and Zack have a unique style of folding a tent.|
|John Barney, Chris Reynolds, and Cheyne Heaton.|
|Zach Tritsch and Carlos Osareo.|
|Troop 5 at Nettle Creek Aqueduct. (An aqueduct is when the canal crosses over a creek.)|
|Along the trail.|
|We had lunch at this primitive trailside campsite located about 200 yards east of mile post 56, about half-way between Gebhard Woods and Aux Sable Aqueduct.|
|Dale Blotter and son Robbie have lunch.|
|Zach rests before lunch.|
|John Barney on the trail.|
|Zack plays Game Boy while hiking...|
|...as do Carlos and Robbie.|
|Troop leaders wait for the boys to catch up...here comes one now!|
|More Game Boy?|
|I thought this weathered root was interesting.|
|One of the old locks on the canal at Aux Sable Aqueduct.|
|Aux Sable Aqueduct. A small parking lot is located here providing access to the trail.|
|Direction to Aux Sable Aqueduct: Take Hwy 47 south to Morris. Immediately after crossing over I-80, turn right (east) on Hwy 6. Continue east on Hwy 6, past the entrance to Wal-Mart, about 6 miles to Tabler Road (which is actually east of North Tabler Road!), then right (south) and continue about a mile to the canal. Go over the canal, and turn right. The parking lot is about a quarter mile down the road on the right hand side.|
Copyright © 2003 by Bill Qualls (Assistant Scoutmaster).
Last updated March 15, 2003.
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