Adventure in Mammoths’ Trails
I’m a big fan of outdoor events and activities. I love nature and being surrounded by the beautiful and amazing scenic features that Mother Nature has given freely for mankind to enjoy. I guess that is why many people, the stressed, the depressed and those who feel exhausted because of their daily chores turn to Mother Nature for a source relieve and rejuvenation.
The truth is that nature is there for us during all these hard times. Nevertheless, there are those, the likes of my kind who usually seek to have fun as well as share the happy moment with family and friends in the outdoors because of the numerous activities and the immense potential that nature has for anyone who is daring enough to adventure.
America is Beautiful, so is Recreation
To say America is beautiful would be an understatement. This is one country which is endowed with a lot of potential for all outdoor activities that man could ever think of. Therefore as my former classmates and I set to visit the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin, I knew that there was much that expected us; I knew that what was ahead of the 17 of us was nothing short of beauty as we marked an anniversary since graduation. And the best way to mark the anniversary was to hike for a fortnight in on this glacier trail where mammoths, cave lions and other extinct animals roamed thousands of years ago.
Set to enjoy the splendid landscapes that are rich of ridges, river valleys, lakes and more beautiful scenes, we began our 10 days of backpacking, camping and hiking at the eastern corridor in Potawatomi State park in Sturgeon Bay, Door County.
We commenced our first day’s hike on a segment of the trail which exits at Shoreline Road and we proceeded to visit the local town of Sturgeon Bay. We wanted to get acquitted with the community therein and possibly make friends and eventually find a guide. Yeah, I admit that’s how cheap we were but our efforts that day never went, futile. By the end of the day as we camped at the town enjoying our drinks, we were able to make friend with a local resident at the area who was more than ready to guide us through the adventure for a small fee.
A Walk through Time
Therefore the next day and those that followed were filled with fun as we went hiking the trail and sight-seeing. The best way to get our moods on was snowshoeing. Our guide, Bryan was our lead as we spent the next day snowmobiling from Potawatomi through the parks. It was all marvelous and thrilling for all of us. Those like Mike and Gareth who were timid when it comes to snow were left to busy themselves in hiking and taking photos of the whole activity.
But we wanted the trip to be fun for all of us so by late afternoon, we left the snowshoeing trail and went for the Tower Trail which led us to the highest observation tower in the park from where we enjoyed more of the sceneries as we took pics and joked all around. Being at the top of the tower was our wildest dream since the previous day as it offered us an opportunity to view most of the trail from a spectacular point. It also gave us the morale to yearn for more during our hiking in the trail.
Therefore the following we all got up early set to complete intense hiking by parks and forest. That day was warm and it would be a shame for us not to take a hike. Hiking we did and each of us loved every bit of it as we went through trail to trail for the next days.
We would momentarily stop for a drink or to take a rest during the day; sometimes to take photos of the wonderful sceneries of the glacier trail. In the evening we would find a nice place to camp as we shared stories of the day and the experiences that we had been through that day.
Hiking Heightened Our Togetherness and Team Spirit
As each of the days went by, the hiking and trekking long distances was getting us weary, but we were determined to make it Polk County if were able. Okay, we didn’t make it there because weariness got the better of us. All in all, the all hiking and camping experience, we learnt a lot.
Surviving there wasn’t that easy but it matured our friendship and made us realize how much we needed each other to be able to survive. We also made friends along the way as assisted other tourists that we met and needed some guidance or assistance. Most importantly, we realized the power of team spirit and peaceful coexistence amongst ourselves, especially after a fight5 which broke between three of my friends on the fourth night. In brief, I must admit that it was an adventure to remember.