I’ve had great luck with local hikes recently. This month began well with a walk Tuesday morning through the University of Wisconsin Arboretum with a group of Eagle’s middle school classmates and their teacher. The classmates met us at the Arboretum building. For privacy reasons I won’t feature the students. I’ll focus on the landscape instead.
We enjoyed the crisp weather 45F (7C). Strolling through the Arboretum, we saw lilac bushes in rebloom, pines, and even cork trees. A flock of turkeys wandered through the grass casually, unconcerned about the 17 humans nearby.
The autumn leaves were in fine form. We read about the effigy mounds and saw them in the woods the other side of the Arboretum road.
In a funny twist of fate, on this trip we returned to Big Spring, which Eagle and I had visited with friends last week! Link to the previous photos here.
After we saw Big Spring, the group went down a boardwalk where we saw a second spring. At a pause on a dock-like walkway, we looked up and saw redtail hawks circling. It was a magical moment.
We walked another two miles to Vilas Beach on Lake Wingra, where we ate lunch. The water was crystal clear at this time of year.
After lunch, we headed toward Edgewood College. Near the edge of the lake on college property, there are docks that jut in and make hikers feel they are part of the scenery. After adventures with cattail fluff snow, and horizontal trees to climb, we arrived at school around 1:15 pm.
The day ended as it began, with a flock of turkeys. When a school staff member dropped the teacher and me at the “Arb” to pick up our cars, a flock of turkeys was waiting. It felt like a friendly delegation. All in all, I calculate that our group hiked 5 miles (8K) that beautiful day. The students looked to enjoy themselves and we adults did too; an autumn day to remember.
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