Geneva Troop 5

Illinois and Michigan Canal
Gebhard Woods, March 14-15, 2003


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.
Steve Homer.
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.
Lock #8
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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