I went to visit my grandfather today. That is Grandfather Falls on the Wisconsin River. This is a fascinating and beautiful segment of the Ice Age Scenic Trail located north of Merrill, WI just off of State Highway 107. The dense hardwood forest that surrounds this section of the Wisconsin River makes for a gorgeous hike in the fall.
Gone is is the excitement of carnivals and the bustle of animals in people in the fairgrounds. The cold silence remains. The time is there to focus on the towering majesty of these living remnants of Wisconsin’s past in the “pinery”.
These are the giants that once dominated our forests with their towering beauty. These giants are decorated for the season with fluffy white snow. They are the silent watchtowers guarding Wausau’s western entrance. They continue to shelter birds and other wildlife. Nature decorates these trees for Christmas in her own way.