Friday, December 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
The Storrs Lake Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IAT) runs 1.9 well-blazed miles (3 km) through the Storrs Lake Wilderness Area with designated parking areas at both ends. Starting from the IAT parking area on N Bowers Lake Road, this short segment briefly follows and then crosses N Bowers Lake Road. The trail meanders through a hilly wooded area for a short time, then follows Bowers Lake until heading through the trees to the parking area on E Storrs Lake Road.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Milton Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IAT) runs 4.4 well-blazed miles (7.1 km) between the Janesville to Milton Segment to the Storrs Lake Segment of the IAT. The trail runs directly past the Milton Family restaurant and other amenities through Milton. With short stretches in one direction or the other and plenty of variety, this Segment doesn't feel like the 4.4 miles that it is.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Polishing off the new road walk between the Albany and Arbor Ridge Segments of the Ice
Age Trail (IAT) feels great. After much road walking, I feel unexpectedly giddy at the thought of getting back to a bit of trail walking. I parked my car at the Sugar River Trail parking
area at 701 4th Street in Albany, Wisconsin. I followed the IAT along the
Sugar River Trail about a quarter of a mile. From here, the road walk began.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Connecting Route Between Albany and Janesville Part 2: Gibbs Lake County Park to Leonard Leota Park in Evansville
Monday, October 31, 2016
High Cliff State Park is a popular spot for a picnic, hike, or jog near the Fox Cities. With beautiful limestone cliffs alongside Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park features about 16 miles (25.7 km) trails including an 8.5 mile (13.7 km) horse and bicycle trail. It also features a marina, beach, lookout tower with a 30 mile (48.3 km) view, great views of the lake from the cliff top, Indian burial mounds, a statue of Chief Red Bird, and a general store museum.
Update: Added link to video
We arrived after dark, set up camp, and my brother and his son showed up to start an awesome campfire. What a beautiful cold, crisp night to be alive. The next morning I hiked around the park and the haunted campground trying to warm up. Back at camp, I decorated our site before my family woke. When they crawled out of their warm sleeping bag cocoons, I cooked a feast of bagels, oatmeal, bacon, and eggs. The nice thing about car camping is the ability to eat like royalty - as compared to wilderness trips.
Video of award winning giant pumpkin and long gourds.
My daughter, now awake, fed, and warmed up, took me for a walk around the campground to admire the decor. After we got an eyeful, we hopped into the car to visit a nearby relative and admire his award winning pumpkins and long gourds. Some mighty impressive gardening goes on in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Video of spooky, fun High Cliff Halloween Walk through the
After a late lunch of dehydrated spaghetti, we hung out around camp waiting for our relatives to show up. Squeals of delight filled our ears when my brother showed up with his 2004 pound pumpkin carved into a jack-o-lantern. The kids couldn't get enough! As the day grew late, extended family arrived and the kids headed out trick-or-treating.
We had a fantastic time trick-or-treating around the well-decorated campground, and a nice time roasting hotdogs around the fire when the kids returned. Very nice to see family and watch the the kids enjoy a fun, frightful, family outing.
Sunday morning came all too soon. I enjoyed another nice hike around the park watching squirrels, turkeys, and migrating geese. I returned to find my family already awake. After whipping up another bacon and egg breakfast, time to bring another camping weekend to a close arrived. Our daughter played atop the great pumpkin until go-time arrived.
Inviting loved ones to come by and join us for the Halloween Walk and to share good times around the campfire made camping super fun. The addition of a 2004 pound pumpkin from our favorite award winning pumpkin grower decorated our campsite in fine style.
|A morning walk around the campground and trails.|
That's all for now. Get outdoors, and keep our wild places wild!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Connecting Route Between Albany and Janesville Part 1: Gibbs Lake County Park to Arbor Ridge Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Monday, September 5, 2016
Boundary Waters 2016 - Little Indian Sioux EP#14 to Campsites on Shell, Hustler, Gebeonequet, Little Beartrack, and Loon Lakes.
The BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) is the kind of magical place that casts a spell over visitors, drawing them back. Our family first visited the BWCA three years ago. We now return each year for our fix of loons, lakes, and love of the wilderness. Each year we add a day or two, and leave feeling that we could have used a bit more time.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
The John Muir Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a short, easy loop trail around Ennis Lake in Marquette County, Wisconsin. If you hike with small children, this 1.7 mile (2.7 km) loop is perfect. This segment is located in the John Muir Memorial County Park near the boyhood home of John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
To hike the Monticello Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, I parked at the Old Train Depot on Pratt Road in Monticello, WI. The parking lot is large with restrooms and refurbished buildings, all currently closed for the season. The Ice Age Trail (IAT) is not yellow-blazed on this segment, but the multi-use trails it follows are easy to find and follow. Heading north, I crossed County Highway C, and transitioned from the Sugar River Trail to the Badger State Trail. Not switching to the Badger State trail would have resulted in a walk to New Glarus rather than a walk through the Stewart Tunnel.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Section hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IAT) is my winter treat. At the pace I'm going, looks like I'll enjoy this treat for many winters to come. After parking on Frenchtown Road at the tee made with Pillar Road in Belleville, I began to hike the 2.5 mile (4 km) portion of the Montrose Segment leftover from my last IAT hike before heading into the 3.5 mile (5.6 km) Brooklyn Wildlife Area. As I stepped from the car I enjoyed watching the fat, red moon from the night before setting and heard an owl call.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Snow flurries greeted me as I began to walk the connecting route between the Verona and Montrose Segments of the Ice Age Trail. Although the traffic roars on County Road Pb, the remainder of the walk proved pleasant with little traffic. After parking at the Prairie Moraine County Park on Wesner Lane just off County Road Pb, I walked south on County Road Pb, east on Sunset Drive, south on Borchert Road, and east on Purcell Road to the Badger State Trail. This road walk ranks an easy 2.9 miles (4.7 km), 5.8 miles (9.3 km) considering of the walk back to the car.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
The Verona Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IAT) provides a 6.4 mile (10.3 km) stroll through county parks and suburbia, with convenient places to hop off-trail for a bite to eat. The trail meets up with various other biking and hiking trails along the way, crosses several roads, and follows along County Highway M for a time.