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Monday, October 13, 2014

devils lake

It has been a long time since I went on anything that could be considered an actual hike.  I forget how much I enjoy it - being in nature, getting exercise, having a chance to get away from regular city life.  This weekend, Paul and I went to Devil's Lake in Baraboo, Wisconsin with some friends. The trees were at their color peak, and the weather was absolutely perfect for hiking four miles around Devil's Lake.

We started off by hiking about a half mile up a winding path of large rocks - a path that's been in place since the 1930s.  It was more strenuous than I had expected, but the view at the top was totally worth the sweat I built up on the way up. 

The view from the top!  The rope/strings are from groups of climbers that were taking advantage of a large flat cliff face.  Some other folks took advantage of the great photo opportunity and posed on the edge of the bluff.  I stayed a very safe distance from the edge. 

This was as close as I got to the edge.  Even this had my palms sweating!!

A few dare devils at the top of Devil's Doorway.  Don't worry, no one from our group was foolish enough to climb up there. 

I am really excited to report that a portion of the Ice Age trail winds around Devil's Lake, so I officially crossed another goal off my 30 before 30 list!

The views were so beautiful.  I felt recharged just seeing so much color and so much natural beauty. 

The path gradually wound back down to water level, and my handy walking stick helped me make it all the way down without slipping once.  That's pretty good for this accident prone girl. 

I can't wait to go back again!  Next time I might combine another favorite love of mine with the hike -- a delicious picnic.  Mmmm....

What have you been finding joy in this autumn?

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