The kids and I road tripped to Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. I made reservations months prior to our trip; I had no idea the weather would be so hot. I was concerned about the kids in the heat but truth be told they handled it better than me.
My brother and I loaded up the truck and took a short trip to Ferne Clyffe. While we were there I did some hiking on Happy Hollow trail. I also did some fancy cooking. The primitive sites were empty, probably because it was a weekday. The sites were perfect for the big tent set up. There was plenty of wood to be found about, but I did get poison ivy while gathering it up. I wish we had more time to explore; we will definitely be returning next year.