Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fun with First Timers

My family loves a good hike. We are self-proclaimed "nature nerds" and often time get caught up on our trail excursions trying to identify bird class, getting excited about seeing fungi,  marveling at all the mammals we can see and observe, and of course, singing silly "nature" songs we spontaneously create. I can talk about those on a future post.

However, one of the best things about going out on the trails is sharing that experience with others, especially those not as familiar with hiking, specifically trekking the Ice Age Trail. Over the past few months, as the Saunters program I am heading up in the summer of 2015 has been approved and as I've jumped right in to coordinate an exciting new Tyke Hikes program, I have had the joy of being able to share my excitement and love of the trail with others. Today was no exception.

We took out a very enthusiastic couple (and their 4-legged friend) we've been friends with for a while.  We enjoyed the Monches segment with all sorts of critters.  Birds, toads, monarchs, and of course a million (literally ) mosquitoes. Though the pace was quickened as the bugs became less and less tolerable, we still had a blast on the trail and are especially excited for our future adventures in fall. . . .with many more beautiful colors and many less vile skeeters.

If you read this post, I encourage and challenge you do take someone new out on the trail.  better yet, meet me at one of our future Tyke Hikes and let's all work together to share this wonderful Ice Age Trail with someone new!

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