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Winter Park is adding a new longer snow shoe trail this year and they put the word out they needed some help blazing the trail and since it was a by week for the Green Bay Packers we headed out to give them a hand.   Lots and lots of trimming

While we were out there, Channel 12 was doing a story on the new snowshoe trail and we had them interview the 2, 17 year olds who had to serve some community service time for their AP Goverment Class.  They were reluctant at first but then realized what better evidence that they did their volunteer hours than being on the news

Trimming high and low.  It should be an awesome trail in a few more weeks.  Can’t wait!!

On the way out we spotted a porcupine in a tree.  I did not have my zoom Cannon and had to make do with my Iphone camera.  You can sort of see it in this pic

Mack was with us and I was just happy he had not tangled with this porkie as we had been in this area for over 2 hours


Beautiful fall Sunday afternoon and a Packer’s Bi week.  Time to head out of the house to the road less traveled.  This road is Camp 9 at the end of Lower Kaubashine.  It leds out to our destination Squirrel Hill (aka Winter Park x-country ski area)  The road goes from paved to gravel to dirt.  No houses just lots of trees and spotty cell phone reception.  We headed out to see the fall colors off of Squirrel Hill the center of what is now known as Winter Park


Fire Tower that sits atop Squirrel Hill


The name has changed to Winter Park but at least the road still has the old name.  Squirrel Hill used to be a small local down hill ski area combined with x country skiing.  It had 2 tow ropes.  During the early 80’s insurance rates and vandelism forced its closure.  It reopened as a strictly x country park owned by the town of Mincoqua, and is now one of the best x country spots in Wisconsin.  On New Years Eve each year, they open up the front slope for sledding and it is fun to take a trip down the big hill again


Gate across the road forces you to enjoy a quiet and colorful walk up the hill



Many a teenager has taken a dare and climbed the steps to the top.  I am not sure if the top of the tower is still open and was not going to test the stairway.  With age comes wisdom


view off the hill with the color.  I believe the lake in the background is Squirrel Lake


Leaving Winter Park drivers in the winter have a choice, the safe and longer way out to Hwy 70, or brave the unplowed Camp 9 and Scotchman Lake roads better known as glorified snowmobile trails.  Many white knuckled drives have been done back to the resort.  Linda and John will also tell you a wild tale of picking up a hitchhiker on camp 9 with a chain saw and gun along the side of the road


On the way back to the resort we made a pit stop for a Geo Cache at Mercer Springs.  Living here my entire life it still amazes me the small out of the way places Geo Caching will led you that I never knew about.  Mercer Springs I assume somehow connects to Mercer Lake


Geo Cache spotted and logged.  Not a hard one


Bringing along a kayak and a fishing pole would have been a good idea.  Neat out of the way place.  Topped the afternoon with a caramel apple at Mincoqua Fudge