Some brave heat, mosquitoes for mid-summer hike

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Russ Helwig | August 7, 2013

This past week, the walks were led by Marv Herman. He submitted the following report:

On Tuesday, a total of two stalwart hikers (myself and Ed Rynko) met at the U.S. Highway 12 trailhead as temperatures shot through the 90-degree mark.

We decided that a walk around beautiful Lake LaGrange would be most suitable on this scorching hot day. The trail was well maintained and the sumac was heavy with fruit. We both had head nets with us but the mosquitoes kept their distance and the nets remained stowed. The cornstalks are tall in the field near the trail map display but no ears were visible. The insects intensified a bit due to standing water on the horse trail portion of the hike. We finished in an hour. As we left the parking lot, the temperature gauge on my car read 100 degrees in the sun.

On Wednesday, 13 hikers met at the U.S. 12 kiosk for hiking on another broiling hot day. The five short-distance hikers were led by Jake Gerlach over the red trail at Nordic Ski Hills. The balance of the group crossed the road to hike toward Esterly Road on the Ice Age Trail. Mosquitoes were an annoyance but tolerable.

At Esterly Road, we spoke to a Department of Natural Resources ranger who was examining the new gravel surface installed on the recently created parking lot. He said that there would be no charge or sticker required to park there unless a drop box was installed. Because of the remoteness of the location, he felt that this was unlikely.

Five hikers (myself included) decided to return to the U.S. 12 kiosk via the Ice Age Trail, hiking a total of four miles. The remaining three hikers carried on to County Highway P before returning on the Ice Age Trail, a total of slightly more than five miles. 

One of those hikers, Lynn Larson, met us at the LaGrange General Store for lunch and conversation, as did our leader, Russ, and his wife, Karen.

 Happy trekking, Russ


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