Different Trails (North VII)

My fourth stop on the excursion north was not planned, I just happened to pass by Cicott Park, named in honor of the owner of a trading post at this place, and decided to have a look.

DSC 5611

According to the small brochure, the area has never been plowed, and is therefore relatively intact. The two trails lead through a lush forest and give access to the Wabash.

DSC 5619

It was here that I met the first other hiker that day, a local. Despite there being absolutely nobody around, he was wearing a mask, and excused himself right away: He was recovering from chemotherapy and needed to protect his immune system. 

DSC 5613

He also said he was essentially the only person using these trails, and that the town was considering to abandon the place.

DSC 5620

For him, walking here almost daily had acquired a special meaning.

DSC 5604

The park also has a Potawatomi Trail of Death historical marker, in memory of the forced removal of over 800 members of the Potawatomi Nation.

Some trails you can only walk once.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s