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Aug 04 2016
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Parnell Tower to Crooked Lake, WI 
Parnell Tower to Crooked Lake, WI
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2016
kingsnake
Hiking10.15 Miles 815 AEG
Hiking10.15 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   2.96 mph
815 ft AEG
 
1st trip
In my continuing quest to do at least one hike — a real hike, as opposed to the city walks I did the last two days in Plymouth — every place I visit, I did another two segments of the Ice Age Trail. While the Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail, unlike the Appalachian Trail, it has many paved segments: For instance, around the west side of Road America, between Glenbeulah and Elkhart Lake. In all, 530 of 1,200 miles are paved. While I accept that city walking naturally involves pavement, when I am hiking I prefer to avoid it. Otherwise, what is the point?

Last year I hiked south from Glenbeulah to the Greenbush Campground, and from there to the Parnell Tower. This year, I continued south from Parnell Tower to Butler Lake, then to Crooked Lake.

The open areas along the Ice Age Trail are a welcome relief as, despite a re-application of Off!, I was getting eaten alive. The buzzing was so bad around the back of my head, I tried several times to video them. But I was not flexible enough, as I am not a Chinese gymnast. By the end of the hike, I had several dozen bites across my shoulders. Thankfully no chiggers, though, the bites of which are still itching three weeks after my hike on Oklahoma’s Bison Trail, where I picked them up. That despite the trail frequently becoming indistinct with overgrowth, weeds & grasses, in the open areas.

I hear guns all the time in Arizona, but the shooting near Kellings Lakes really got my attention. And it seemed like it was towards the trail, not over the lake. I was concerned enough that I yelled to let them know I was there. Conveniently, south of that point, there is a small rise between the lake and the trail, so I had some cover. Thankfully, there was no more shooting.

My patient wife was waiting for me at Crooked Lake. Without her, I would not be able to do shuttle hikes. (Where'd the flower smiley go?)

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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Queen Anne's Lace
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Wildflowers Observation Light
More fungi than flowers. The fungi were spectacular.
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average hiking speed 2.96 mph

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