Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tyke Hike #55 - Lapham Peak Service Hike

On a balmy evening in July, thirty hikers set out to do some service and hike the Ice Age Trail,

The group worked together to add gravel to the end of a puncheon being created by a group of volunteers known as the Monday Mudders. Led by volunteer extraordinaire, Pat Witkowski, this group works throughout the year to improve the trails for hikers of all ages and abilities. It was our pleasure to help them out in any way they can.

After adding gravel, we carried boards down to the other end of the puncheon to add to the wonderful progress. Then, we headed out for some hiking.

We trekked in the heated and buggy air, stopping to bop the blazes and check our prairie flowers.

Of course, we also found a place to explore off trail and play. We even found some friends along the way,

It was a fantastic night of service and discovery on the trail.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saunters 2018

Fifty incoming first and second graders had the opportunity to spend a week out on the Ice Age Trail as part of their Saunters course. This is a picture tor of their treks. Enjoy!

After Day One being a day of learning about the trail and practicing hiking and exploration skills on Woodside Elementary's Timberwolf Trail, Day 2 took us to Lapham Peak. Though the tower was closed and it was a bit muddy, we still had plenty of fun.

Day 3 was at Pike Lake. Not wanting to miss a tower two days in a row, we headed there first before enjoying lots of natural play at some of the forest's most amazing trees.

Our urban hike was Day 4 in Hartland. After touring the educational displays and reading a picture book at the library, we took the paved paths through this Ice Age Community and took breaks at the parks and the Bark River.

We wrapped up the week with our Family Hike at the Loew Lake Segment. The canopy cooled us slightly from the sweltering heat and we enjoyed a great afternoon on the trail.