When out on assignment in the Forest Preserve, I seem to take photos of every trail sign I come across. However, after I download them, they disappear into my archives and are never seen again.
This image isn’t necessarily one of my favorite trail sign shots, but the photo assignment when I took the image was interesting.
That day, in late June, I was tasked with meeting writer Betsy Kepes at 10:30 a.m. at the Cold River near Shattuck Clearing. Kepes was writing a story about backpacking through lowlands in the western High Peak Wilderness.
So that day I got up early, paddled roughly 8 miles to the lean-to at the north end of Long Lake, where I could connect with the Northville-Placid Trail. From there, I hiked in the rain for another 5 miles to meet Betsy and her two friends at a bridge over the Cold River.
I was a few minutes late, but we met up, and I hiked with her for about an hour or so to get photos. After getting what I needed, I turned around and hiked back to the lake in the pouring rain. Completely soaked, I dried out in the boat and caught a tailwind that took me down the lake at a breakneck pace. It was a long but fun day.