holy stairs batman! pia and i went for our hike today (our adventurous friend ashley joined us as well) and stumbled upon an absolute gem of a spot – a forest preserve in palos park, il with a set of stairs that ran us into the ground. we trekked up and down these stairs in intervals of three and then went and hiked the trails for a little bit and came back to the stairs. we did this for 2.5 hours with 20 lbs in our packs. it was really, really tough (especially since i ran a 5k earlier that morning, probably not the brightest idea).

the stairs from the top (forgot my camera so i had to use my camera phone)

view from the bottom

this was taken earlier in our hiking escapade. by the time we were done, my shirt was a few shades darker!

one of the trails and some horseback riders – who knew this place was only 40 minutes from the city!