Backpacking Recon

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In case you don’t know, weather in Wisconsin is nuts. Two weeks ago, temps hit 90 degrees. Then Monday morning, we woke up to snow covering the ground. I’m just hoping things balance out soon – I want winter to go away.

After a rainy Friday, Jason and I headed out for a cloudy hike this afternoon. Surprisingly, the trail wasn’t too muddy. We headed to a random portion of the Ice Age Trail. Not only were we looking to hike, we decided to do some backpacking recon…just in case July’s experience spurs us to do moreΒ  πŸ™‚ .

This portion of the trail was a nice mix of open prairies and wooded forest.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

Along the Ice Age Trail in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, there are three shelters available for through-hikers. If we find we enjoy our easy backpacking experience this July, one of these shelters would be good for a first “real” adventure. About 3/4ths of a mile into our hike, we reached our destination.

Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

It was a steep climb up to the shelter.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

As the shelter came into view, I was shocked! It was not what I expected.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

I took this shot from the tent pad. Off to the side of the picnic table is a fire pit.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

Each shelter area has a pit toilet.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

The clouds finally broke as we headed back to the car.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

The Oleson Cabin off in the distance.
Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

Ice Age Trail - April 23, 2011

 

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5 thoughts on “Backpacking Recon

  1. CASJ

    Loved the photos – I spent early 1960s in Wisconsin, near Bark River. We spent our first winter in a summer cabin on Okauchee Lake. Your photos just took me back – those were happy years. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ellen

    I went hiking today too! I chose to go out to Scuppernong. It was pleasant after all the bum weather we’ve been having. Scuppernong wasn’t muddy at all either. Nice pictures!

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  3. -maria-

    Hi Laura! I guess this is my first comment on your blog. I sympathize with you – I also want the winter to go away! Luckily it seem that the spring has won over here in Finland. And it seems that is the case there in Wisconsin, too! πŸ™‚ Happy hikings to you! πŸ™‚

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