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Many animals seen such as ducks, geese, herons, a muskrat, deer including several big bucks, one 8 point buck about ten feet away laying on the bank! He stayed there as I paddled back upstream 30 feet to take a closeup photo. A few miles down and seen 2 bucks crossing the creek, the second had a huge rack, at least 10 point. Also passed a dead buck laying on the bank, suspect it must have been hit by a car within a few days, near Mannheim Rd. and Cermack in Westchester.
Trip was about 6-7 miles and had to portage once about 100 feet to avoid log jams. Temp. was low 40's with light drizzle. 1st kayak trip in Illinois for me, butt got wet so next time will use dry pants. Also highly recommend Sealskins waterproof socks which kept my feet nice and dry and I will soon buy the gloves they also make.
I took out at 26th Street Woods parking area in LaGrange Park. Definitely will do again for the fun... be careful of the several small dams and do not paddle after flooding. Really impressed how scenic and pretty it all was.
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