Saturday, June 10, 2017
Tyke Hike # 39 - Lapham Peak
On this beautiful summer-like day, nearly forty hikers came to Lapham Peak to check out the Ice Age Trail and the Tyke Hike program. With the temperatures a bit sticky and the general population very young, I expected a very slow pace.
Of course, I failed to anticipate the speed and endurance of the Tyke Hike returners. Though over 30 of the hikers were first timers, there were a few returners (including Embry) who took the lead and set a faster pace. Luckily for all of us, our super sweeper, Kevin, was there to guide the younger groups while I wrangled up the outdoor enthusiasts up front.
Despite there being occasional gaps, we were able to come together to do some discovering, focusing on some of the bugs that use the wildflowers and native plants for food and habitats. We found galls, spittle bugs, and various wildflowers, including phlox, spiderwort, and coneflowers.
Of course, we had to have some natural play time as well. Nothing beats stump jumping, log leaping, and rock climbing in a beautiful forest.