It's hot everywhere, and Wisconsin is no exception, but here's what happens when you add humidity:
(This is at 7am.)
I know, right?
Thankfully, when I took Kendall and her friends camping, the humidity and heat had lessened,
and I got to enjoy a beautiful, solitary hike at Peninsula State Park, on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula.
The hike is called Eagle Trail.
To me, Nature shares so many metaphors for life.
Take this tall pine (or cedar, maybe?), for example; it has very little to hang onto
but it is still tall and beautiful, hanging on for dear life.
There was also this high-rise apartment building,
in which I'm sure there there are plenty of interesting tenants.
The sheer cliffs on Eagle Trail are fascinating.
"400 million years old," (??) they are made from limestone.
Dark and scary in spots, they made me curious,
but I was hiking alone--I didn't want to get lost in some cave and disappear!
Fortunately, there were plenty of other hikers about,
and a nice young woman took this shot for me.
If you take this hike, be prepared to be tempted to look up while you walk.
Don't--It's dangerous. Stop, and take it all in slowly.
It's beautiful, and the hike is only a two-mile loop, so you'll have plenty of time.
(Two hours is nothing compared to 400 million years, you know.)
The enormity of the cliffs will make you feel small.
I was tempted to start climbing (you know me!) but of course thought better of it.
Still, I was so curious about what might be up inside that cave.
On a paper I read, this hike was described as "Difficult," but it didn't say why.
The reason is not that it has huge gains in elevation or anything
(though my heart did get thumping an the ascent in the last few minutes),
but because the terrain is rough;
it wouldn't be a bad idea to wear hiking boots if you're worried about turning an ankle.
And I suggest you leave Grandma and Grandpa back at the car,
unless they are sure-footed; there are lots of rocks and twisted roots like this....
Just as in life there are many obstacles that present themselves plainly,
but it doesn't mean you don't have to be careful
or wear real shoes.
(Flip-flops are not recommended for this hike.)
I highly recommend the Eagle Trail hike at Peninsula State Park.
I also highly recommend you visit Unknown Mami
to see plenty of other sites from around the globe.