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Fall in Love with Nature in Alton, Illinois - My Little Life's Journeys
Sometimes you find something in this world that is just so beautiful, it feels almost magical, and you just want to lose yourself in the moment. That’s the way I felt on my recent getaway to Illinois. Mother Nature has a majestic way of showing off her brilliance, especially during the fall season. Breathing in the crisp air as I hiked through the woodlands of The Nature Institute made me feel alive. The colors popped more and more with each step deeper into the 450-acre preserve, and the only sounds were those of the fallen leaves beneath our feet. The Nature Institute is privately owned, but open to the public. The mission of The Nature Institute is to preserve the natural integrity of the river bend and provide the general public a glimpse of the area’s untouched beauty. For me, it was a beautiful escape. I also learned a lot about the area and the efforts to maintain the land. Shortly into our hike, we came across a monument signifying the entry point to the Underground Railroad. It was during the hike that I learned of the role Alton, Illinois played in the Underground Railroad. Bluff caves and woodlands provided …