Hiking1:16:24  5.58 km (13:42 / km) +11m13:33 / km shoes: Rubber Boots
Onion to Sioux River
9:07 AM; Washburn, WI
4.9 °C; Snow
What a difference from yesterday. In 12 hours we went from a balmy evening to a cold, windy snowy morning. Whitecaps on the lake, breakers on shore. The NE wind was relentless, chilling my hands in spite of gloves. I saw what I thought to be a small fishing boat near the mouth of the Sioux from 1-2 km away and thought those guys are nuts. When I came closer, I realized it had been the roots of a good sized tree sticking out of the water.
Kayak: Lake59:18  3.14 km (18:53 / km) ahr:97 max:120 shoes: Hobie Island Adventure Tandem
Bayview Beach Pedal Kayak
8:03 AM; Washburn, WI
14.2 °C; Clear
Another salvage, spotted a nice 8' 4x8 yesterday. Took dogs along on the trip, they loved it, especially the gees and ducks. Very well behaved.
Hiking3:12:21 13.55 km (14:12 / km) +337m12:38 / km ahr:105 max:157 shoes: Asolo FSN 95
Onion River to Mt. Ashwabay
10:55 AM; Washburn, WI
25.8 °C; Clear
Needed some exercise and a walk with Lynn. So Roux and I did a fast hike along the power line to the top of Mt. Ashwabay and then met up with Lynn and Mellie in the parking lot, then hiked with her to Nourse Sugarbush. Very nice. The weather was almost hot, we certainly got a dose of vitamin D and a good workout. Did the ceremonial first dip in the lake upon returning to wash off sweat and grime. At 4 C, it wasn't a very long dip but it was refreshing.
Hiking3:31:27 15.02 km (14:05 / km) +236m13:03 / km ahr:107 max:159 shoes: Asolo FSN 95
Onion to Little Sioux River
6:01 AM; Washburn, WI
6.1 °C; Clear
Our daily adventure, after a couple of days without any walks, due to weather and travel. Decided to make my way cross country from Onion to Sioux River valley. A worthwhile endeavor. The Little Sioux did turn out to not be crossable so we followed it for a while, then turning north to rejoin Kjarvick/Smith Fire Lane. A gorgeous morning, with frost on the grass and ice on the puddles. The whoop-whoop-whoop of male grouse courtship was an almost constant background music. We only saw a single one, though. The dogs were a little perturbed about the baying of some hounds; even I wasn't entirely sure whether those were really dogs and not coyotes or even wolves. Along the beach, almost home, we saw several turkey vultures who were scavenging for dead fish that were swept in by the easterly winds.
Kayak: Lake40:30 1.95 km (20:46 / km) shoes: Hobie Island Adventure Tandem
Onion River to Bayview Park
2:21 PM; Washburn, WI
21.3 °C; Clear
First act of beach piracy, rescuing a heavy duty dock float. Nice to be on the water and thankful that I have one craft that I can power with my feet. Worked up quite a sweat.