Deer hunting is allowed in the state park, but not on Thanksgiving week. Just to be safe Mommy had me wear a red bandana (she realized she had brought all our blaze orange equipment up to Wisconsin when we stopped our Thanksgiving hikes). Mommy wore a red hat, red scarf and red gloves, although she said that, what with her pushing a red stroller if anyone shot us because we weren't wearing red or orange they would have to be aiming for us.
Mommy had planned to hike one way which would have been a 6 mile hike, but when we got out of the car I decided I wanted to hike my favorite trail because I had a whole lot of pee mail to catch up on. Mommy tried hard to get me to go towards the other trail, but I refused, so we did my trail.
There was snow on the trail, but not enough to impede the stroller. Everywhere there was snow there were these strange markings. Mommy figures it had to be something pulled by or under a truck, but can't figure out what it could be.
Mommy has always liked this spot. No matter the season, she always wants to stop and take a picture of it. We must have 30 different versions of this picture.
Normally, this is a small lake or large pond. Today it was dry and full of red vegetation. We don't know what that was about. Did it dry up on its own, or did the DNR drain it?
Mommy was shocked to see a house at the 1.5 mile point. There didn't used to be a house there. You could also see a small barn a garage and another large building that may have been another house or may have been some kind of large outbuilding. The house is on state park land, so the only thing Mommy and I can figure is that maybe a ranger lives there full time now. We can't imagine that some developer had the guts to put up a house on public land, but around here anything can happen.
Around this point Mommy asked me if I wanted to ride in my stroller. I told her I did not. We kept hiking and around the 2.5 mile point we stopped and ate our turkey sandwich. Mommy asked me if I wanted to ride, but I said no. When we got to Lake Defiance we went down the boardwalk (Mommy and her boardwalks) and at the loop back I wanted to go back to the trail and back to the car, but Mommy said no, we were going to do the whole boardwalk because she wanted to see her favorite part of the lake.
Here it is. All frozen and no ducks or fish to be found
After the lake we got to the ranger station and the temperature suddenly dropped about 5 degrees. Mommy suggested that since my trail and her trail meet up at the ranger station we should walk down part of her trail, but I refused to walk it with her. I also refused to get in the stroller. Mommy said I was lucky the temperatures had dropped or she would have argued longer. Instead she agreed to head back to the car. I was very tired and fell asleep almost immediately upon getting in.
You can see I'm about to nod off.
Mommy and I drove to Mommy's friend's Thanksgiving and I was sound asleep when we arrived so Mommy left me in the car. She ate some food and pie and talked to some folks for about an hour and I slept the whole time. I woke up when she got back in the car and started it up. So I got no pie, but I did get two milkbones when I got home.
Total miles hiked by me 3.6!!!! Total miles riding in stroller: 0!!!! Mommy says she is predicting total days spent sleeping after this: 3.