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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - A Long Trail

A Long Trail

While in Wisconsin on our way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we made a side trip to visit Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail

Wisconsin has created a National Scenic Trail that is currently 1,100 miles long that runs the route of the last glaciation.  We were close enough to visit the trail at the Kettle Moraine State Forest so we took a tour of that part of the Ice Age Trail.

Along the way we took a few pictures.  The forest is really beautiful.  We could see how the glaciers carved the hills.  We saw plenty of kettles (shallow bodies of water formed by retreating glaciers), moraines and kames (hill-like structures that were created by glacial debris).

We stopped at the Ice Age Visitor Center where we watched a video about the Ice Age and saw a lot of displays about how the landscape and animal life has changed over the years. 

We then went on a short hike along the trail.  It was really beautiful to see.

And here's something we had never seen before, but we saw plenty of on the rest of our trip!  Kettle Moraine State Forest has plenty of snowmobiling trails.

From the Book:
#33 - A Long Trail
You may never choose to hike all the way from Canada to Mexico, but isn't it great to know that you could if you wanted to?  The "long trails", as they're called, take you through some of the world's most amazing places:  along the tops of mountain ranges, into wild forests, past crater lakes.  You could hike a whole trail.  But, of course, you'd have to take a year or so off from school (this is sounding better and better, isn't it?).  Start with a day hike or an overnighter.  Out on the trail, you'll hear something you don't hear much (quiet), encounter animal tracks, walk for miles without seeing anyone, and if you sleep over, see more stars than you ever imagined.

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