No doubt that the Grant Park day was the least vertical of the season but it was a very nice one. It was just a few days after the big Chicago blizzard and the snow was deep light powder. I was on Rossi EVO scaled skis with NNN/BC bindings. It was light and easy kick & glide. The park is big, 1/2 mile or so on a side, and square. I did ~ 3 laps around the perimeter plus exploring within. It is across the St. from my son's residence. There is a man made sledding hill that was crowded with kids and parents. It had gotten roughed up quite a bit by the kids making jumps, digging holes, etc. so I did just one run there.
The Humboldt Forest day was the XC highlight of the year. A beautiful high semi desert plateau at ~ 9000 ft. near Ely,
NV. A few hrs. of unplanned XC wherever you find it is a great way to break up a long day of driving the lonely roads of the west. I recommend it.