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Rainy weather didn't stop these hikers

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Russ Helwig
April 18, 2013

With the Ice Age Trail Alliance conference which I plan to leave for early Thursday morning, I will keep the report for this week brief.

Heavy rains and thunder almost prevented us from walking on Tuesday, but the precipitation slacked off to light sprinkles by the time we met for our walk.

Four of us hiked around Lake LaGrange. We were happy to find that the ground was completely thawed and solid for our hike. The lake level had risen several inches coming within a foot of the top of the west end of Kangaroo Walk. Large potholes on the return route on horse trails were full of water. A few geese were seen on the water and a lone sandhill crane flew close overhead.

The next day the rain ended before we met. There was still some threat of rain but the radar looked like it would be after 1 p.m. before it would start. After carpooling to the Nordic ski trails we decided to hike the green loop and add on the second and third blue side loop for a five-mile hike.

The rain held off so we did not even get sprinkled on. Except for a couple spots where there were some small areas of ice on the trail the ground was thawed and great for hiking. Part way through the hike we stopped at the bench overlooking a small lake for trail snacks and a drink of water.

After soup and sandwiches at the LaGrange Country Store it started to rain as we climbed into our cars.

Happy trekking,

Russ

Events:

Sat., April 20, Trail Work: Meet at the U.S. Highway 12 kiosk five miles east of Whitewater to start getting our trail in A+ shape for the Kettle Moraine 50 mile run. Contact: Jerome Converse, 262-473-7304.

Sun., April 21, Trail Work: Meet at the U.S. Highway 12 kiosk 5 miles east of Whitewater to get our trail in A+ shape for the Kettle Moraine 50 mile run. Contact: Andy Whitney, 262-949-0286.

Wed.-Sun., April 24-28, IAT-U session 1: The future of the Ice Age Trail is our hands, and it takes many hands (and many motivated leaders) to build, maintain, and steward a thousand-mile-long national scenic trail. Based at Camp Nawakwa in Chippewa County, this session of IAT-U offers hands-on trainings in Crew Leadership Skills, Chainsaw Safety, Camp Chef, and First Aid & CPR. Contact IATA staff or go online for an application and more information. See www.iceagetrail.org or call (800) 227-0046

Weekly Walks: We meet each Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Highway 12 Ice Age National Scenic Trail crossing located about four miles east of Whitewater, about a quarter mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 with Sweno Rd.

The parking lot is at the west end of Sherwood Forest Road, which is a short road that intersects U.S. Highway 12 at each end. We include two or more walks of different distances on Wednesdays and also do this on Tuesdays when desired. All ages are welcome. Note that a current state park pass is required to park a car at the U.S. Highway 12 meeting place. A daily or yearly pass may be purchased at the meeting place provided correct change is available.

You may also purchase passes at the forest headquarters between Palmyra and Eagle on Wisconsin Highway 59. A park pass is not required to park at the forest headquarters.



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