Sledders take advantage of fresh snow in Glenview, Northbrook
A fresh blanket of new-fallen snow covered Glenview and Northbrook Saturday, and relatively mild temperatures gave people a chance to enjoy the outdoors on the second day of the new year.
Eric and Lori Edwards of Glenview brought their children, Zoey, 8, and Noah, 4, to the sled hill at Johns Park in Glenview, where around two dozen people gathered to take advantage fresh snow while maintaining a degree of social distancing. By midmorning, the hill featured firmly-packed snow, and sledders were able to gather a bit of speed on the way down.
During most of their runs, Noah took the front position on their two-person, plastic sled, and Zoey held onto him from the rear. On at least two occasions, Zoey raised her fist as if she and her brother were celebrating victory at the zenith of their runs.
"There's nothing like saying 'lets go out for a sled,' and have it being five minutes from your house," said Eric, who grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago.
Looking toward the top of the hill, where families were waiting to take turns for, trips down the hill, Edwards marveled the opportunities for recreation in Glenview, and at the sense of community, even during a pandemic.
"There's so much more to do, especially during this time," Edwards said.
Snow highlighted the trees and pathways at Somme Woods in Northbrook, creating a scene that one might find illustrated on a holiday card.
Among those enjoying the snowfall were Heather Ross, her husband, Jake Boritt, and their dog, Keeney. Now living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Heather grew up in Northbrook, and her parents still reside in the village.
Having just completed a walk along a pathway through the trees, the couple, who took photos on a cellphone, described the scene as "beautiful," while Keeney, wrapped in a red and black flannel dog coat and full of energy, played in the snow.