Yesterday my wife dropped me off in the forest preserve at Lawrence Av and the Des Planes River. We had earlier dropped my car off at Ogden and the Des Planes River. It was 10:06 when I got on the water. Where I put in the banks were mud and I got some in the canoe. I was paddling a Rob Roy and the only gear I had was a back pack with dry cloths and lunch in it. For the entire trip I could hear city noises but there were many forest preserves giving a natural view on one side or the other of the river. I scraped bottom as I went under several of the bridges. I thought I could eat lunch and let the current take me down stream but the wind out of the south pushed me up stream. I ate lunch just south of the Eisenhower Expressway. I saw more joggers than any other living thing. There were many water fowl and 2 beavers and one coyote. I was off the water and had the canoe loaded by 2:00. It was 12.5 miles with only one place I had to get out to get around a log jam.