Pasque flowers budding along the trail

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Russ Helwig | April 23, 2014

Other than being unseasonably cold it was a great evening for our walk last Tuesday, April 15.  As we often do we chose to walk around Lake LaGrange via Ice Age Trail and horse trails. We never tire of this walk as it has a great variety of scenery and wildlife.

As we were climbing the hill north of the kiosk we met Ellen Davis and Lynn Larson. They had been checking for wildflowers and reported that a few pasque flower buds were appearing, but no blooms yet. We verified this as we continued on our walk.

A bright sun and golden prairie grasses enhanced the scenery.
Marvin Herman writes:

After gathering at the chilly Hwy 12 meeting place last Wednesday, 12 long hikers decided to warm up by hiking the largely wooded trail from Oleson Cabin back to the U.S. Highway 12 kiosk. We carpooled to the cabin and, in rising temperatures, hiked a total of 5.4 miles. Some of the hikers were able to remove a log that was blocking a part of the trail. Also, near the end of the hike, some of the hikers walked out over Lake LaGrange to assess the condition of the Kangaroo Bridge. Unfortunately the middle of the bridge was submerged.
Even closer to the end of the hike, some people went down the hill to see the pasque flowers in bloom and found several golf balls, of good quality I am told. The group then reassembled at the LaGrange General Store for refreshment and conversation.
Fifteen of us and a small canine companion hiked the three and two tenths mile white blazed Nordic trail for the short walk last Wednesday. It was windy but most of the hike was in dense woods so that it did not affect us much.  Lower forty degree temperatures kept us cool as we enjoyed the walk.

We saw no wildlife probably because of the stiff south wind. The grass was greening up but no signs of wildflowers were seen.

Pleasant conversation dominated this walk which was on wide trails so that we could walk two, three, or four abreast. The conversations continued at the LaGrange General Store during and after lunch before we departed.

Happy Trekking,


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