October 2006 Trail News

184 Hikers March in Parade of Colors

A record-shattering 184 hikers enjoyed mild, sunny weather among colorful leaves to discover or re-discover the Ice Age Trail on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who helped out, either at the event or in some way ahead of time. A few new hikers signed up for the Trailbuilding project next weekend, and many learned about the trail, our activities, and the visitor center for the first time.

special thanks to the musicians, “The Three Amigos and One Desperado”, who performed spectacularly, entertaining us with a bright mix from many different genres.

Trailbuilding Along the Chippewa

It is a busy time, but if you’ve got a half day or day to spare this Thursday-Sunday, consider helping out at the trailbuilding project at Cornell. We can still use help in the kitchen the whole time, and with greeting and registering workers on Saturday and Sunday. Of course, the purpose is to build new trail, but also to teach our members how to work with the tools of the trade and fashion the walking surface. Those are skills we all need to have or brush up on if we are to keep our current trail in tip-top shape, not to mention moving ahead with new trail.

If you think you can come, please register. That tells us to plan both for your presence and for your lunch or other meals. You can open up the form (it is a Word document), fill it in on the computer, save it, and email it back as an attachment. I’ve attached the form to this message. Please do it right away, as final food preparations must be made right away.

Pet Trek

Our third annual trek on the trail with our pets will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 AM to Noon at the Visitor Center. It was a big success last year, and you are invited to come for a “doggone good time”. If you just want to witness the mayhem and help out, contact JoAnn Parks.

New Kids Shirts on Sale

Check out the new colorful kids t-shirts now on sale at the Chippewa Moraine Visitors Center. One design features an original drawing of a mammoth by area artist Al Servoss, and includes glow-in-the-dark lettering that just drips of icicles. The other design (two color choices) features a updated look at our very old friend, the hiking mammoth.

See you on the trail