Brewed Journey Camp
|Justin watching Callie retrieve the Frisbee|
I felt like a new man after a good night's rest in the Scamp, which is parked on top of my hill. Sunny skies with highs in the upper 60's and lows in the lower 40's are probably my favorite type of weather.
I knew that I wanted to hike somewhere different today, but I decided to stay close to home. The nearest Ice Age Trail segment to my house is less than a mile away. Recently, I've avoided that trail because it is heavily used during the pandemic. Historically, there have been other reasons to avoid the trail at certain times of the year.
This is a public hunting property. The bullet holes all over the sign (which is in a public parking lot right next to the public road) tell you that not all of the hunters use good judgement. Part of the sign, obscured by a bullet hole, says that dogs can be off-leash for most of the year on this property.
Nevertheless, I decided to take my chances this morning at about 8 a.m. It's about a five mile in/out hike from the Lodi Cannery to the Twin Pines parking lot on Riddle Road. Callie reports that we didn't see any unleashed dogs on the entire hike. The scenery was beautiful.
During the first part of the hike, I approached three young adults on a narrow part of the trail without any room to pass. Nobody was wearing a mask. I moved off the trail into the brush about five yards to let them pass. Just as they passed, we were all startled by a loud "Boom." Someone from a concealed spot nearby in the woods took a shot at something.
The rest of the hike was uneventful. I stayed more than a few minutes letting the view below soak in.
|Upper Prairie overlooking the Lodi Marsh|