This past week we hiked the Chippewa Moraine segment of the Ice Age Trail north of Bloomer. Unfortunately we discovered another gift from our right wing republican governor. The interpretative center is now closed on Mondays. We usually stop and chat with the staff for a while before our hike but it was not to be on this day.
There was not a lot to see yet. It was still mostly brown. We did discover that the Round lobed Hepatica are now blooming at various places along the trail.
I took a few shots of fall leaves that were sitting at the bottom of several vernal ponds.
For the most part it was a beautiful day for a hike. We did notice a storm off to the north and found out later that it had rained most of the day north of where we were hiking.
More photographs from the Ice Age Trail can be found on my website.
On a recent trip to the Ice Age Trail we found the Round-lobed Hepatica in full bloom.
It’s been a long winter and folks are starting the think (wishing for) spring. This Round Lobed Hepatica was featured on the US Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers website. It will also be featured in an upcoming issue of the Wildflower Association of Michigan Newsletter.
It’s been cold around here. On Tuesday it was -15 degrees but today it was a relatively balmy 10 ten degrees. Earlier in the week my wife and I were trying to decide which day to take off and go for a hike. Since the warmest day of the week was going to be Wednesday we decided to try and fit in a hike.
Most of the hiking areas around home are ski trails in the winter and are closed to hiking so we decided to drive up the Chippewa Moraine Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Its located just north of Bloomer, Wisconsin. It had snowed a little overnight and the roads were a little slick on the drive up.
As we drove up to the visitors center we noticed quite a few cars in the parking lot. This was a little surprising since it was so cold out. Along the road a bunch of kids were playing in the snow. When we went into the visitors center it was packed with kids all working of a project to see who could find the most things listed on a list they had been given. We talked to the ranger a bit and he said that students usually come if the temperatures are above zero. We are a hardy bunch in Wisconsin.
It was supposed to be cloudy in the morning but when we reached the visitors center it was a beautiful crisp sunny day. There was not a lot of snow on the trails and we figured they might be icy so we both wore ice grippers on our feet. Turns out that the week before all of the trails were glare ice but a light snow and some thawing provided good traction. However, if you are considering hiking in this area ice grippers are a good investment.
It was supposed to be sunny in the afternoon but by the time we were half way around the 4.5 mile loop it had clouded up and started to snow. The wind picked up making the wind-chill around -2 degrees. Nevertheless it was a great day to be out hiking and getting some exercise.