Lake Katherine Nature Center was a big draw for our youngsters.

My youngsters and I were going to see my mom, who lived in Chicago! I hadn’t seen her in over a year, and my youngsters were happy to see their Grandmother, the first thing they wanted to do when we arrived was go to Orland Park and visit Lake Catherine Nature Center and Botanical Garden! Last summer time we had been here, but it was too cool and rainy to have a fantastic time… My youngsters wanted to try it again.

We drove to Orland Park, IL, and found our way to Lake Catherine.

I remembered mom bringing myself and others here while in the summer. I was such a unbelievable place with so many things to do. Mom and I were cheerful to walk around the botanical garden, but the youngsters wanted to go canoeing. They were now youngsters and as long as they were allowed to go alone; I was okay with it. They had been kayaking and canoeing since they were little tots. Their dad was an avid water lover, and he instilled that love in them. They were pleased to spend the morning walking and chatting with their Grandmother, and enjoying the botanical garden and experiencing nature. My oldest child asked why it was so cool? Where we lived, it was much warmer, and we were already using the air conditioning, even though it was early June… Grandmother invited them to stay for the summer, and they begged. They wanted to experience a summer time separate from air conditioning. I only wished I could have stayed, too. I missed mom and I miss the weather in Orland Park. IL.

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