Russell Woods

Francie Barnes and friend

On our inaugural Under Rocks podcast: We celebrate the weirdness of winter in northern Illinois. Dan Libman and Susan Stephens hit the slopes (the sled slopes), pedal icy backroads, traipse through freshly-fallen snow with a trail groomer, and find out just what that brand new mountain in the middle of a DeKalb park is made of.

Grab your mittens and hop on!

Highlights of this episode: It's a wintry mix!

Your favorite local sledding spots.

We visit two of your favorite sled hills in DeKalb County: Russell Woods and Hopkins Park.

Susan Stephens

Maple sugaring season may stir up romantic images of snowy New England woods: buckets dangle from the trees and folks gather around huge steaming kettles, slowly cooking tree sap down into sweet syrup. But did you know you can make your own maple syrup right here in Illinois? In your own yard?