Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Ice Age Trail Completion Celebration

My Ice Age Trail Quest is ending. Well, maybe not because the Ice Age Trail will always be there for me to hike. I have completed the 1100 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. That calls for a Celebration. Join me for a hike and lunch on Sunday, January 4 at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The festivities will begin at 11 am with the hike. We will be meeting at the Tower Parking Lot

What will you need? 
You will need a State Park Pass for 2015. It’s a new year so you might as well get one to enjoy for the whole year. You will also need to wear appropriate clothing for hiking in the winter. We are expecting the Ice Age Trail to be icy for the hike, so wear good boots that have traction. You may also want to bring tractions aid such as a Yak Trak, Du North, Kattula or Ice Trekkers. If you have snowshoes bring them just in case. If it snows the day or two before the event we may need people with snowshoes to lead the way and pack down the trail for the people who don’t have snowshoes.

Other details 
If the weather is too bad the event will be canceled. Check on Tman’s Ice Age Trail Website ( for information on whether it’s canceled. Also, please let me know that you are planning to attend this event, so I knows how many people to plan for. My email address is The lunch will be at a nearby restaurant.

So how does it feel to have completed the whole trail? Well, it hasn’t really hit me yet.

Now I’m just going to post a bunch of photos of my Ice Age Trail experiences.
Here they are in no particular order

At the Portage/Marathon County Line
Grandfather Falls
At the Aldo Leopold Shack with Nimblewill Nomad

At the Lincoln Taylor County Line with Jared
Brooklyn Wildlife Area
Gilbralter Rock

First Hike with Jared, Green County

The Bevent Road Rock, Marathon County

Hiking by the Bogus Swamp in Langlade County

In Brill, Wicsonsin, near Rice Lake

Pulpwood stacker in Cornell with Jeff and Jared

Bohn Lake near Hancock with Bernard and Gail

Will and Jared

V is for Valders

In the Harrison Hills with Will, Gloria, Tess and Jared

Old bridge converted into a hiking bridge, in Manitowoc

Kewaunee Custard, you gotta stop there

Hiking in Marquette County with Dan, Gail, Elizabeth and Bernard

hiking in Hartland with Kevin

Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest with Will and Bernard

Jared hiking along Grandfathers Dam

Mission Lake County Park in Marathon County

Lower Cato Falls in Manitowoc County

Indian Lake County Park in Dane County with Bernard

Straight Lake State Park With Kassie and Sean

Backpacking in the Chequamegon National Forest with Mike, Mike, Mike, Jon and Ingar

Rusk County Roadwalk with Jared

Cornell Pulpwood Stacker with Will and Jared

Stone Elephant in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest with Jared

Point Beach State Forest
With the Eagle Sculpture near Two Rivers
With the Sunbathing Alligator on Table Bluff
At the Ice Age Trail Headquarters in Cross Plains
At the Eastern Terminus in Potowatomi State Park
Sturgeon Bay
In Kewaunee with Holly
At the Hatley Librairy with Andrea
At the Game Lake Boardwalk with Tess, Gloria, Elizabeth, Will and Jared
At the Hillbilly Hilton in Langlade County with Elizabeth, Gloria, Will and Jared
On the Merrimac Ferry

Valders, Wisconsin with Will

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