Had a beautiful walk on the Ice Age Trail near Medford, WI.
Where is Medford? Well, it's about an hour west of Merril, WI.
Where is Merril? Well, that's about a half hour north of Wausau.
So basically, we were hiking in the wilderness in the western/central part of the state. Fairly close to the middle stretch between your middle and ring finger if you're using the common way of showing people where you are in Wisconsin.
We stared hiking at the Mondeaux Dam recreation area, which I would love to visit again sometime. They had a beautiful little restaurant with good food, a nice beach, and a very pretty campground.... and a very nice restaurateur who'd saved a couple of my buddies tails in January by giving them a ride back to their car... which is why we started our hike there.
Immediately upon leaving the beach, we wandered up a set of stairs which was on top of an esker which is a mound of debris left behind by an under-glacier river.
We walked along this esker, overlooking the Mondeaux flowage for about 2 miles. It was stunningly beautiful and well kept trail.
After the first couple miles, the trail turned to the west and dropped down off the esker. Meandering through old growth forest which seemed to change from old aspen, to young pine.
All in all, it was a relatively short hike, but I got to stretch my legs, be outside and have a wonderful few hours wandering the woods.
Kid A is an avid hiker, backpacker and outdoors enthusiast located in Milwaukee