Nothing is Far

I’ve been driving past Bong Recreation Area for years. I’ve been missing a great gem. We had a fantastic time on hike 22.img_8952

Graham, Warren and I were joined by my mom and sisters: Aidan, Kate, and Dawn. We walked 1.7 miles. It was a bit misty and threatening to rain. Luckily, the rain held off and was refreshing instead of drenching. img_8953


Bong Recreation Area had some nice views of the prairie as well as a little lake. It looks like it would be a great winter trail as well. They had a set up for a sled run that looked wicked.img_8954

One of the best thins about this hike was my new shoes! I ordered Salomon trail runners as my hiking shoe of choice (on sale!) They work perfectly.

Total Mileage: 44.1 miles

Nothing is far that once was near.
Nothing is hid that once was clear.
Nothing was God that is not here.

Here is the bird, the tree, the stone.
Here in the sun I sit alone
Between the known and the unknown. -Robert Francis

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Hike 21: SSDD

img_8939 img_8941 img_8942There isn’t a lot to say about this hike. It’s one of our favorite spots and we come here so much. I feel almost silly including it. But for this week it was our mile. It is special to see how diverse the wildlife is, and how much it changes from hike to hike.

Total Mileage: 42.4

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September 30 Hike it Baby Challenge

We’ve been participating in a Hike it Baby Challenge. The goal is to hike 30 miles in 30 days or spend 30 minutes outside for 3 days a week. We haven’t been hitting our mileage goals (not even close) but we have been getting so much outdoor time. I’ve been playing catch up for posting my hikes. img_0443

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There and Then

While not part of the 52 hike challenge (we only walked a half mile) we did have a great time kicking off the Hike30 Hike it Baby Challenge. We headed to Schlitz Audobon Nature Center. It was a gloriously, perfectly, marvelous day.

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“Friends in a field, their shadows running long into the untilled ground, and I’m busy trying to catch up, calling for them to hold on a moment” -Michael Brennan

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Nothing gold can stay

As part of the previously mentioned camping trip, I hiked the Skyline Loop at Peninsula State Park. After the previous week’s humidity is was wonderful to be in 70-degree temps with practically no humidity. IMG_8637

It was a great hike with my mom, sisters, and Warren. He slept through all but the last 20 minutes. IMG_8619

It was really the perfect day for a hike. Warm in the sun, cool in the shade, a hint of breeze, a beautiful lake overlook, and no bugs.IMG_8624

I needed that hike. It was a great time to just be a sister and a daughter. Even though I was also a mother- with a sleeping baby- I could just let that slide and let Warren sleep. It was really rejuvenating.IMG_8620

Becuase I can’t get enough of that light!

Total Mileage: 41.4

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
-Robert Frost

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It’s Hot!

What a day! Humidity is killer right now. Secretly, I think we are all waiting for fall and nicer weather. We walked at the Wehr Nature Center today. We were supposed to be doing the 2 mile loop.  1 mile humid and grossIMG_8609

We ended up at 1 mile humid and gross. The kids had a great time. They were walking slow enough that I almost didn’t get sweaty. HA! Yeah Right.IMG_8610

Even the lake was a bit gross today. We just weren’t really feeling the desire to move at any reasonable pace.IMG_8613


I swear you can see the humidity in this photo. Hike 19. Done.

Total Mileage: 38.4

It’s hot!
I can’t get cool.
I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade
I think I’ll take my shoes off
And sit around in the shade. -Shel Silverstein

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Camping Revisited

IMG_8557Ah! That cute little booty! We decided to continue cloth diapering on our camping trips. This is mainly because I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered to purchase disposables. I figure the amount of washing ends up being the same either way. IMG_8556

Our second camping trip was much more successful than our first. It may have been that Dada was along. It may have been that they were just more used to camping. It may have been all those other kiddos to play with. It definitely helped that it rained. White noise for the win! We borrowed a tent, to see how large of a tent we’d need. 4 person tent was big enough, but the amount of ventilation on this particular tent was not good enough. IMG_8566

I’m glad that camping is something we are making happen for our family. I’d like to try backpacking with our family too. I’m not sure if that will happen this season, but it’s a nice goal to have.

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Oh wind, rend open the heat

IMG_8562Hike 18 was on July 23. It was beyond gross. We headed back to the Zilmer Trail to celebrate Hike it Baby’s 3rd birthday with Hike On. We had intended to do the 3 mile loop at an adult pace. The above picture shows that clearly not working out. We ended up doing 2 miles. Kids were up, Kids were down, Kids were TANDEM! It was a free for all. Note to self: don’t tandem in that much heat. I almost passed out.

Total Mileage: 37.4

O wind, rend open the heat,
cut apart the heat,
rend it to tatters.

Fruit cannot drop
through this thick air--
fruit cannot fall into heat
that presses up and blunts
the points of pears
and rounds the grapes.

Cut the heat--
plough through it,
turning it on either side
of your path. -Hilda Doolittle
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I looked upon slumbering Nature

Hike 17: Whitewater, WI a segment of the Ice Age Trail. We hiked from the Whitewater Lake Campground to the intersection of Highway 12. IMG_8472 IMG_8473



We had a full crew: Elliot, Graham, Warren and I. We were joined by two of Elliot’s sisters and their families (Emily, Adam, Russell & Simon and Dawn & Alex). IMG_8480


It was hot, humid, buggy and an absolutely great time. IMG_8477


I can’t wait to do the next segment after this. I’m smitten with the Ice Age Trail. I hope they had as good of a time as I did.

Total Miles: 35.4

“I looked upon slumbering Nature, and with deep reflection discovered the reality of a vast and infinite thing — something no power could demand, influence acquire, nor riches purchase.” -Kahlil Gilbran

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The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive

I’ve already written about the camping trip we took to Potawatomi State Park. It appears that I’m finally catching up with myself. I wanted to make the hike a separate entry. The Eastern Terminus of the Ice Age Trail was hike 16.IMG_8451



We hiked 4 miles. This hike had a lot of up and down and the first part was right next to a somewhat steep drop-off. I tandem carried the boys for as long as I could and as long as Graham would let me. Warren slept for a bit, which was a small miracle; he doesn’t usually care to sleep while being carried. IMG_8457



We only climbed up the first part of the observation tower. Graham wasn’t feeling well and that expressed itself in a determination to stay as close to the ground as possible. Normally, he isn’t afraid of heights.

I’d recommend this stretch of trail. It’s a bit challenging footing early on in the hike, and there is a significant portion of the trail in the park which is pretty nice. It isn’t always toddler friendly, but the kiddos loved the parts they could tackle. The part by the lake is quite pretty. The marker at the end is kind of odd, since it doesn’t look like much and we ended walking around it a couple of times before realizing what it was.

Total Miles: 31.5

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are” -John Burroughs

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