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.
I was originally going to hike the newest segment of the Ice Age Trail near Aniawa on the day that I took this. I realized that a Dodge Avenger wasn’t an SUV and I could not push a button and have it instantly turn into a Caliber or much less a Durango. I could not make it into the snow-bound lots of the Plover River State Fishery. So I made my way west on Sportsman Drive to find a more civilized place to park after having a friendly guy with a pick-up pull me out and nearly getting stuck again while trying to park on the road.
While driving westward on Sportsman, I was surprised at this cut-through. I was still in the hummocky land of the Ice Age Trail full of kettles and moraines. Yes, this is the terminal moraine that covers much of northern and eastern Wisconsin and even as far south as Baraboo where the hills meet the coulee region of Wisconsin’s southwest.
The crispness of the air in Winter makes for great outdoor photography anywhere in Wisconsin. Cobalt blue skies combined with evergreens and the whiteness of snow add to the color that makes winter what it is up here. It is fresh and pure.
Yes, some people complain about it and long for the warmer seasons to come, but I am not one of those. If anything I complain about all the seasons being too short. That is just because I want to enjoy all of them. I tell people that, if winter gets them down, then the right thing to to is just get out and enjoy it.
Even in winter there is warmth. When the sun shines on snow, it reflects back upward. I feel the warmth on my face. I feel it on my back through my winter jackets and all my layers. Its there. Oh what a wonderful feeling!