Saturday, November 15, 2014
Cold and brisk for Saturdays day hike with Dale and Sybille. The three of us started out from the hunters parking lot at Buzz Besadny State Fish and Wildlife Area where we did a short bushwhack over to the Anapee trail which we followed to the end of the Kewaunee River segment of the Ice Age Trail.
From here we started the days roadwalk connector hike. The temperature was in the low 20's and pleasant as long as we weren't walking into the wind. As we crossed the bridge over Scarboro Creek you could see ice sculptures starting to form on the banks.
The trail skirts the Buzz Wildlife area on a zigzag of roads but someday they hope to move the trail into the wildlife area. Still for a road walk there is an interesting mix of farm fields, rolling hills, old barns, horses and cows and even some old apple trees. Dale braved the late frost tasting a couple of the apples but from his expression I suspect they were well past edible and partly frozen.
The last part of our hike follows parts of the Stangelville Wine/Cheese/Meat Trail that includes the Parallel 44 winery. We also passed the Reinke Mill still standing from the 1800's and a Rogation Shrine before finishing up at Sheila's II bar where the locals welcomed us with a few beers!
Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday I did a quick solo there-and-back hike of the Ice Age Trail Kewaunee River Segment from Route C to Casco Junction which is on the Ahnapee Trail. A nice section that passes through the Buzz Besadny State Fish and Wildlife Area. You could hear the sounds of pheasant hunters in the distance.