|This hike is part of the River to River Trail starting in Alto Pass, IL ending at Inspiration Pointe.|
|I did some spinning by the campfire using my takhli spindle. I am wearing a great pair of Oboz that kept my feet comfortable through the entire 22 miles! You can find links to other items I mention in the video on my YouTube page in the description. Take time to enjoy the things you love. You deserve it!|
One of my other passions is hiking. My love of the outdoors began when I was a kid walking with my dad. We had a cabin in Northern Michigan, and we spent all of our weekends and the whole summer there. The winter was magical as we tobogganed at night in the moonlight. I went ice-fishing with my dad, and I will never forget the sound of the groaning ice underneath our feet. I never felt worried or anxious when I was outside, and I remember being able to let my body and mind relax and just be consumed by the beauty of everything around me. I looked closely at every detail of my environment and could find beauty in the smallest detail. I encourage you to get outside, even on a cold day, and take a walk. You don't have to go fast. I actually suggest you go slow and really look at what you are passing. You will be glad you did!
I hiked four miles the first day. It was only three miles to the first campsite. However, I got lost once so it took me four (LOL). I met a rat snake lying across my path the first day. I greeted him with a friendly hello and gave him a wide birth to go on his way. I set up camp and went to the stream to collect water. The campsites were excellent, they had fire rings and picnic tables. The fire rings were deep which help reduce the blowing away of embers from the fire. The outhouse was pleasant as far as outhouses go. I met two young men who joined me by the fire I had going. We talked well into the night. They offered me a drink which I might have taken them up on during non-covid times. I bid the boys goodnight and retired to my tent.
During the early morning hours, I enjoyed my time alone with my luxury item a tahkli spindle. ( photo below) Once the sun rose and I finished my breakfast and tending to hygiene I packed my day pack with food and water. I hiked to the next campsite which was about five miles further. That is where I enjoyed my lunch. I then finished the trail to the entrance and then and on to my campsite giving me a total of 13 miles hiked on the second day. The landscape was lovely and peaceful. There was a lot of up and down which I enjoyed. I passed a few runners and some hikers. I don't think this would be a good trail for bikes as the up and downs are very steep. I learned an important lesson that day, bring more food for thirteen miles! I only fell once, it was on a steep downhill. I fell backward and rode the leaves to the bottom. No harm was done to anything but my pride. I was starving by the time I returned to my tent. There was a new couple setting up when I returned, but I had to go straight to my tent to make dinner before I could make polite conversation, LOL. After dinner, I said an early good night to my neighbors went to my tent where I slept a glorious 11 hours. After having a leisurely breakfast I broke camp and started back to my car. It was another nice day. It started to drizzle just as my car came into sight. Again I was so pleased I decided to come a day early. I highly recommend this trail! I plan on coming back in the spring. I'll be sure to show you the difference.