As of lately, I have been frequenting my favorite spot now for a few weekends in a row. I seem drawn here possibly because of the past finds in this location and what I do know of it geologically. This area was an ancient rainforest at one time believe it or not. Of course this would have been around 300 million years ago.
While scouting about innocently, I was approached by a lady wearing a very general looking uniform and she clearly was wearing some type of ear piece communication device. She asked me what I was doing in the area and I told her. I saw nothing too unusual about this as at first thought believed she was part of the IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources). She began to further question me in an odd way, inquiring about my tools and what I had found. Noting her insignia on her uniform I realized she was with some other type of agency or group, of which I was not familiar. Most importantly was the up till now concealed from my eyes a MACHINE GUN slung on a shoulder type holster! I knew this woman meant business. She stated she realized this was public land but due to (garbled speech?) she asked me to clear out. Seeing no other realistic option, that is what I did. She walked me all the way to the car, and I left. WHAT IS GOING ON?
I called the IDNR a few times and tried to find out, but only got either a recorded voicemail or kept getting transferred. I will visit the site again soon and see what happens.