Early fall beauty fills hike
None of us walked the green loop of the Nordic Trails in the opposite direction that skiers would be traveling when trails are groomed. This is a three and three quarter mile trail and one the most scenic, at least in my opinion, of the Nordic Trails. Afterwards four continued hiking the shorter Red Trail to add a couple more miles.
Entertaining relatives took precedence over hiking this day for me, but the hike went on with Norwin Watson and Ellen Davis leading the long and short hikes.
Ellen reported that the short distance hikers carpooled to the Ice Age Trail off Hwy 59 to hike in and out on the trail in the Scuppernong Prairie. Two turned back at Hwy N, four at the one and a half mile point, and the rest at Wilton Road for a four mile hike.
They saw “lots of New England Asters, nice rose hips, and two tired bottle gentians. Chester” (a canine companion) “spent time in the stream, and Don Brockman ate at least two questionable-looking apples.”
In the meantime Norwin reported that seventeen adventuresome long distance hikers carpooled to the Emma Carlin trailhead parking lot to hike to the forest headquarters on the Ice Age Trail. Then they took the Stoney Ridge nature trail to their way to Hwy S on the Ice Age Trail. They hiked a short distance along S to the horse trail and took that and a combination of other trails to Stute Springs on their way back to Carlin.
Prior to the walk Bonnie Nommensen and Rich Schmechel hiked around Lake LaGrange.
Afterwards they ate outside in the beautiful sunny weather at the LaGrange General Store. Norwin said that a few of them, including him, enjoyed a great Italian sandwich.