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Had to make a quick stop at the Bearskin trail in Minocqua.  We have set 6 geocaches along the trail and one of them had gone missing.  So I chose this cold foggy morning to stop to replace it and shoot some fun pics of a different lake for a change for the blog.  The tressel bridge is always fun to take pictures of and the fog added to it.  Very Halloween feeling.  The trail lady was not there to take money it was eerily quiet


Frost on the bridge from the fog rolling across it



Just passed the bridge I found a spot to leave the cache.  If you are in the area and want to find this one and the other 6 between Minocqua and Hazelhurst along the trail go to and look for Going on a Bear Hunt 1 – 6 they all give clues to the final cache at the Bear’s Pot of Gold.  Enter Minocqua’s zipcode 54548 we have 20 caches hidden through out the Minocqua and Hazelhurst Area


View down the trail in the fog and late fall leaves.  I know most folks love to walk or bike the trail in the summer, but to me this is the best time to be on the trail, quiet and great views


On the way back I shot this pic of The Thirsty Whale in the mist.  Looking off the otherside of the bridge the fog was too thick for a good pic.


It was a beautiful fall day.   The Packers were playing Detroit and the first half was enough of a game to see, so off down the road we went on the hunt of a geo cache.  We headed to the notorious Camp 9 road that connects to an even more infamous Manhardt Road.


No power lines, no houses, dirt road and lots of nothing.  Manhardt is a scary road to be on in the winter.  If you miss the 90 degree turn that Camp 9 does on the way to Winter Park to ski, you end up on Manhardt where there are no plowed turn arounds for 10 miles.  Only lots of snow, snowmobiles and large animals, not a place to be during a snow storm.  Today it was much safer to wander down.  Firelanes had trucks parked in them from folks bow hunting.  Some of the land is private and others is paper company land, all of it is deserted and only really used for hunting and hiding dead bodies from the days of the Chicago Mafia


After much driving we were out in the north and western end of the Willow Flowage, by Willow Lake which flows into the Willow through a river.  The drive out was beautiful.  This picnic area is about a 25 minute drive from the resort


Really neat area.  We walked across the rocks and through rocks in the pool.  This area will be neat to return to in the spring for fish spawning like we do at Cedar Falls


There is a picnic area and benches to sit at to watch the river go by


Geo Cache spotted and signed.  This is the reason we go caching in the Minocqua area as it brings us to some amazing new spots we never knew about will led you on your own adventure in your hometown enter your zip code and see what pops up


My favorite sign of the day.  Not sure where the barrel was

After being stuck in the house for a rainy Saturday it was time to head out on a Geo Cache

We headed out to a part of the Bearskin Trail I had never been on. We caught the trail down by Pinewood Golf Course South of Hazelhurst about 5 miles. 2 moms, 5 kids and 2 dogs following a GPS .91 miles to the cache.

One maple tree in particular was in full color. Others were just starting to turn

It has not frozen yet so the ferns are still alive and make a big contrast with the bright red leaves

Sign talking about the Bearskin Creek that runs along the trail. That is what makes this end of the trail so pretty. Both sides have water flowing past and the trees are thick almost coming over the trail

Our favorite part was the observation deck that looks out at the Bearskin Creek watershed

Riley finding his own trail. He was in doggie heaven. Poe found something that smelled ungodly to roll in but I did not discover it til 9pm when he laid next to the couch and the odor wafed to my nose. With rain coming down he and I were out in the yard with the garden hose and my coconut butter shampoo. His nose was out of joint still this morning over the unexpected bath but our noses were all much happier.

Cache found and we headed home

If you have only taken the trail from Hazelhurst to Minocqua you really need to try the southern end of the trail it is I think much prettier.