Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A virtual escape

For years I have written in and read other journal entries at http://www.trailjournals.com/ . It is one of my all-time favorite sites.

I recently had fantasy escape meet reality as a hiker posted an entry where he walked the Fox River Trail by my house.

Here is the guestbook entry I left at Slow Walker's page:

"I am an avid trailjournals reader and former thru-hiker (AT 00)(PCT 04) who lives in Elgin. The Fox River Trail goes through my yard. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to chance across your entry. It's a weird mixing of worlds because I religiously check out trailjournals to escape the so-called real world. When I read your Dec. 9 entry the real world and trail worlds collided. Anyhoo... stay warm and happy hiking! "

His profile picture kind of looks like Ernest Hemingway. Fitting, because he lives in Oak Park, IL.
Here is a picture he took of the "castle," literally a stone's throw from my front door!

Here is a link to his journal entry from the day he hiked by my place:

This hiker's experience reinvigorates me and reminds me that beauty and discovery are right outside my door.


filosofo said...

So what is the story behind the "castle"?

Greg Locascio said...

Check out this link for more about Pratt's Castle.