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By Willard Price

Hal and Roger Hunt are at the path of a vicious man-eating leopard. but also they are being hunted themselves, by means of a cruel band of killers referred to as the Leopard Society. Can they belief their very own tracker, Joro, regardless of figuring out that he has pledged to guide them to their deaths?

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On the other side of the tree line is Wisconsin! The trail will soon go through the woods and curve left, somewhat following the creek on the right. 4 mi. [8]; go left. Glance through the trees for a view of a dolomite prairie. ; go right [9] through an oak-pine woods that eventually becomes a pine plantation. The trail comes to a crossroad at 3 mi. [10]; go right. Look for large oaks along this segment. You will soon come out into a restoration area. 5 mi. you have completed the loop and are back at [2].

Trail Directions: Park at the Great River Road sign and begin hiking at the High Point Trail board, climbing on a one-lane gravel road [1]. You will soon go through a gate; the trail on the left leads to Rocky Point, but continue on the original path. Note the white birch and wolf tree (a large oak with outspread branches) on the left. 2 mi. [2]. Look for loess (windblown silt) and notice its uniform texture and how it is free from rocks. If you touch it, you will find that although it holds together, it is crumbly—good for digging and nest building.

Lowden’s effort was one of the first large-scale reforestations of the state. In 1992 and ’93 Lowden’s grandsons sold most of the forest land to the State of Illinois to create the 2,200-acre Lowden-Miller State Forest, named after their parents and grandparents. The forest is a mosaic of even-aged stands of trees and provides a unique habitat for birds. During 1995, the Illinois Natural History Survey conducted a breeding-bird census of the area. Scientists found 100 bird species either breeding or defending territories.

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