For over ten years now, I have been conducting New Year’s Day walks, wherever I am during that day. The last two years, I was in California, so did the walk in San Francisco in 2017 and 2018. This year, I am back in Chicago and as usual, I did the walk along the lakefront, starting from the Polar Bear Plunge at North Avenue at noon ending up in Navy Pier. It wasn’t that epic as compared to some years, but, I logged in over 10 miles of walking and photographing, really good for my joints.
Did about a 5-mile walk from Lincoln Park’s North Pond, through to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Nature Boardwalk, then crossed over Lake Shore Drive to the beaches – Fullerton Beach and North Ave. Beach, then along the breakwater to the Near Northside at Chestnut. Lots of birds about including several green herons in the North Pond as well as in the Nature Boardwalk.
The skyline was not visible though because of the fog … which made photography of people on the breakwater very interesting.
I have this group, which we now call “The Early Risers” because we tend to start our walks as early as possible, even before sunrise, if need be. I started it with Mark Marshall a few weeks ago and for this walk on April 8, Tim K. and Michelle D. have joined us. Who knows who will join us next.
For this epic walk, a day-long walk, we met at North Ave. Beach for sunrise, then drove to the Loop for a train tracks shoot, then the Chicago Riverwalk, after which we drove to the Garfield Conservatory, then back to downtown in River North and ended up in the River Walk again.
I left the house at 5:21 AM and arrived back at the house at 5:21 PM.
Exhausting but exhilarating at the same time.
This is part I of the walk (North Ave. Beach).