Creeks, hikes, and cookin

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Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Wed 04, 2020 3:41 pm

Been doing some hiking with Zenfish lately on the weekends. We typically like to camp but lately it's been hard to put together a weekend so we have been spending a day in the woods searching for fishing spots and a secluded spot to make some lunch. This past Saturday we did an 8 miles hike on the Poplar Creek which took the better part of the day. Fished along the way with no success but we saw some fish! Bait, carp, and what appeared to be the biggest rock bass I have seen! Lots of white tails on this hike, some birds and lots of fresh air. The snow and ground was still frozen enough to make for a clean escape at the end. I have some videos to put together at some point if I get around to it but video editing is like pulling teeth for me haha

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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Wed 04, 2020 3:43 pm

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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Wed 04, 2020 3:49 pm

Week before that we explored an abandoned forest preserve near my house. Watched some wildlife do it's thing including a coyote in the distance feeding in something in the snow. 7 miles in about 5 hours with a hot lunch! Creek was tiny and ponds were frozen so no chance at a bite that day but good stuff none the less!

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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby joetrain » Mar Wed 04, 2020 3:53 pm

Nice hike. Good to see Zen getting out of the house.
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby Aux Pleins » Mar Wed 04, 2020 4:31 pm

2 questions:

What is that thing in the first photo?

And did all y'all have Italian beef in the woods or is that a stew of some sort?
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby philkol123 » Mar Wed 04, 2020 4:43 pm

Kielbasa time in the woods I see.
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby badger75 » Mar Wed 04, 2020 4:52 pm

That big steel beast with the cast iron doors looks like some kind of heating unit.

Took the words I could read (Joseph Goder Rator) and did a Google search. Came up with this:

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1013022/

Joseph Goder Incinerators
1655 Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago 47, IL

Newer address:
4722 W Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago 40, IL

No date. There is a date on the last page but I can only read 19xx

Its an incinerator
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby Rambler » Mar Wed 04, 2020 6:34 pm

Great post!
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Wed 04, 2020 8:05 pm

The metal box is a garbage incinerator from pre-EPA era. Mike cooked the steak in the field and we cooked up the ramen to cut the steak into, damn delicious!
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby Aux Pleins » Mar Thu 05, 2020 6:23 am

polishfly wrote:Mike cooked the steak in the field and we cooked up the ramen to cut the steak into, damn delicious!


Yummy. I know skifish1 usually goes to the forest preserves for a different type of a hot beef injection.
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Thu 05, 2020 8:09 am

Aux Pleins wrote:
polishfly wrote:Mike cooked the steak in the field and we cooked up the ramen to cut the steak into, damn delicious!


Yummy. I know skifish1 usually goes to the forest preserves for a different type of a hot beef injection.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
We parked without backing into the spot so no one got any ideas!
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby Rambler » Mar Thu 05, 2020 9:07 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Yummy. I know skifish1 usually goes to the forest preserves for a different type of a hot beef injection.

Great post - and then it's gone. :lol:
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Thu 05, 2020 10:08 am

Rambler wrote:
Aux Pleins wrote:Yummy. I know skifish1 usually goes to the forest preserves for a different type of a hot beef injection.

Great post - and then it's gone. :lol:


boys will be boys! Cabin fever is high in this forum with this lack luster ice season!
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby RonG » Mar Thu 05, 2020 2:29 pm

Great post. I like stuff like this. My stomping grounds, as you know.

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Is this the one near the mouth? The arch looks different in my mind. And the water cleaned out of all the log jams. Years ago I'd launch in Popular Creek and go out into the river.

And that floating dock is at the mouth? There's nowhere for it to have come from except above downtown Elgin, meaning it must have survived a trip over the Kimball St. dam. :shock:
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby Skifish1 » Mar Thu 05, 2020 2:30 pm

Very cool. Right up my ying yang maybe I will run into you guys sometime if something more fishy. Need some advice on hike and fish options let me know although winter is over so bushwhack hiking to end.
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Thu 05, 2020 4:47 pm

This is actually east of Elgin in the cook county forest preserve area, this arch is similar to the one you are speaking of Ron but it is a few bridges east of there. A skifish sighting would make for an epic day anywhere!
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Thu 05, 2020 8:11 pm

Cool as hell outing and gorgeous photos!
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Re: Creeks, hikes, and cookin

Postby polishfly » Mar Sun 08, 2020 9:15 pm

In search of a lake to launch nearby I found some queries up north in Crystal Lake that I want to check out. The main lake was frozen but a shore accessible lake looked really fishy! Found a few old cars in the woods, the fan pulley still spun on both, one freely and smoothly I wish I could open up one of these ancient engines. So cool.

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