from the Forest Preserves of Cook County website...
SWALLOW CLIFF TOBOGGAN. Constructed in 1930 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, 125 limestone stairs lead to the top of a former toboggan run at Swallow Cliff North. Although the runs were closed in 2004, the stairs remain a popular exercise destination for fitness buffs and casual walkers. (Some stair climbers build pebble piles at the top of the stairs to keep track of their trips up and down.)
|My pile of pebbles, which I used to keep track of trips up and down the steps had some personality|
breakfast oatmeal w/raisins, two poached eggs, two slices bacon 505 calories
lunch spinach salad, corn on the cob, cucumbers salad, salmon 385 calories
dinner spinach salad, turkey burger, corn on the cob, potato pancake 484 calories
SNACK TWO APPLES, QUAKER POPPED RICE CAKE MINIS 596 calories total calories 1970 calories
STAIR CLIMBING (ground floor to 25th floor) 65 calories (3 min, 58 sec)
7AM ELLIPTICAL 25 MINUTES ONLY (level 16, manual setting) 627 calories
STAIR DESCENDING (25th floor to ground floor) 15 calories (2 min, 8 sec)
SWALLOW CLIFFS STEP CLIMBING (TWELVE TRIPS) 255 CALORIES
TOTAL CALORIES BURNED 962 CALORIES
THURSDAY NET CALORIES 1008 CALORIES
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A SMALL GALLERY OF SOME HISTORICAL PHOTOS OF THE OLD TOBOGGAN RUN (in the good old days)
|Swallow Cliffs Toboggan Run back in its heyday....|
|Swallow Cliffs as it appears today - stripped of the Toboggan Run|
more from the Forest Preserves Cook County website....
NATURE at SWALLOW CLIFF Swallow Cliff is a 100-foot-high bluff formed 12,000 years ago when glacial meltwater carved out the Sag Valley, leaving behind steep walls and a varied landscape of morainal hills and pothole lakes. As it did across the region, fire shaped the natural communities here. More frequent fires in some areas maintained prairie openings, while woodlands developed in more protected areas. Wet marshes and sedge meadows are scattered throughout the landscape.