Friday, February 27, 2015

02-26-2015 Matthiessen Park

Today's Walker's club hike went to Matthiessen Park near the fort area. We went down the major stairway and down into the upper falls area.  Once we arrived at the Lake shelter falls area we walked around the lake and back to the fort.  It snowed the night before about 4-5 inches. There were 19 hikers. 
This is my handy artwork on a bench at Matthiessen State Park
They were just starting to plow the parking lot so we parked on the edge.
I broke the bad new to the group.... NO SWIMMING today!
The replica fort
We were the first one on the stairs and trails today.
Going down into the upper dells area
Cool little ice fall to start us out
The concrete stepping stones are hidden today.






Giant's Bathtub


Lake Falls




We got back to the Falls, but we had to watch our step, there were still holes in the ice.





Don was contemplating how far out to go / Really, if he cut across the lake, how much of the trail will he miss?
The old boat house
Boat house and the Lake falls bridge from the other side of the Lake
About 1/2 way around the lake there are some old vehicles.  How did they get here?  And why are they here?







I thought it seemed like more than 1 mile.
I talked Jan into joining me in making snow angels.  For all the fun we had making the angels, Jan said we added a few years to our lives.   Check out the video below
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These are our angels


a meandering stream, that was easy to cross when it was partial frozen, Spring and Summer it will be a different story.
We were following horseback and cross county ski trails.
Bridge over Lake falls
There is a short walkway trail almost under the bridge.
This couple joined us today for the hike. They are honeymooners from Urbana.
Time to go back to work.  It was a great hike.  A little harder than I thought it was going to be with all the snow.  This week it wasn't the ice and lack of traction that slowed us down, it was the amount of snow and being the first ones on it.  It was like walking on a beach in the sand (without the warm temperature).

 I will leave you with this: Wherever you may hike or walk, just put one foot in front of the other.  It's all about the experience not the destination.


3 comments:

  1. Do you use ski poles or just hiking poles to walk in that ice/snow?

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  2. Ski poles or hiking sticks are fine, but the best helpers are Yak-trax or Katoohlas. They are extra traction for your boots. I wouldn't hike without them this time of year. The ice on the stairways are thick, making the steps sometimes nonexistent.

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  3. Cool pictures of Pontiac Canyon. I have never been to this canyon. How do you get to it? There are no signs that direct you to it that I noticed. We were down at the park from Madison, WI for the fifth time 4 weeks ago to see the icefalls. Have been there all four seasons and really enjoy it. Thanks.

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