We went back to my friend’s apartment after the refreshing nature experience, and I got to enjoy the comfortable warmth in the house
Prairies were things I had only seen in movies and could not imagine having a lifetime experience. Little did I know that I would be before a natural grassland in Orland Park. I was a foreigner in the land after coming from a different country to visit a long-time friend. She had moved here as part of her academic pursuit. She invited me a few years back, but life engagements could not let me come. I remember that when I visited, it was around the end of Fall and she was determined to have me see a lot of places before everywhere was covered in snow. One of the places that impressed me most was the Orland Grassland. I had never seen something so magnificent, even back home. I learned that this had been part of farmland that was allowed to grow into a prairie. I must confess that conservation efforts to restore the natural status of things worked perfectly. It was interesting to hear that more than 100 bird species had found their way back to this place. There was a lot of native grass, and butterflies had even come back to the area. This was an incredible natural phenomenon that was worth writing home about. We went back to my friend’s apartment after the refreshing nature experience, and I got to enjoy the comfortable warmth in the house. She had a modern furnace that made everything cozy. This was a perfect way to be introduced to the new area, and I couldn’t wait to explore more since I was staying a few months.