As we made the 25 minute drive from Champaign to the far side of Monticello, the fates smiled on my decision not to cancel. The further west we traveled, the brighter the overcast became. We were even treated to a few stray beams of sunlight through slight breaks in the clouds. Upon our arrival at the Allerton visitor center parking lot, I was confident we'd have a pleasant morning for a hike.
|(courtesy of Allerton Park and Retreat Center)|
As we returned to the parking lot by way of the formal gardens at Allerton, many of the scouts exclaimed how much they enjoyed the hike. For a group of boys who we often find hard to pull away from Star Wars, Mario and Legos, I'd say that's a rousing endorsement for the wonder that is Allerton Park.