Arriving on a Saturday afternoon, we set up camp and headed down to Allen Lake to take our daughter fishing. For the first time ever there were no fish around. She quickly became disappointed and tried a new spot. There, she caught her line in the tree and cracked her fiberglass fishing rod when she gave it a good tug. With a shorter fishing pole in tow, we headed back to camp to build a fire and roast some hotdogs and marshmallows. Dad decided to put up his hammock, so she of course took it over as her school reading spot until sundown. We enjoyed the fire and a great night of sleep in the fresh spring air.
In the early morning, I walked from the campground to the Ice Age Trail and headed south to hike part of the Hartman Creek Segment. Not much for new miles to record, mostly
When I returned to camp, I cooked a nice Mother's Day breakfast of eggs, onion bagels, and bacon. Our daughter ate oatmeal. What a nice surprise, my family had a nice gift waiting for me - a camp stove to replace my 20+ year old stove with the gas nozzle plugged with corrosion and a microwave dish zapping bacon in place of frying it. After a nice walk to look at the water and swing on the swings, we packed up camp and headed down the highway for a Mother's Day visit with Grandma.
ICE AGE TRAIL DETAILS:
Trail Conditions - Partly sunny, 41°F (5°C) but warmed later in the morning.
Difficulty - Moderate rolling hills.
Location - Campground at the Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca, Wisconsin south of State Highway 54 and north of State Highway 22.
Highlights - Saw several deer on the Ice Age Trail, a number of blue jays, and many wood violets.
Total Official Ice Age Trail Miles Completed to Date - Total official Ice Age Trail distance completed 156 miles (250 km).
Dinner: Carrots, grapes, fire roasted baked potatoes and hotdogs
Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, bagels, oatmeal, clementines
Snacks: Cashews, beef jerky, marshmallows, fruit