|Ices, snow, caves and people|
I had been to dog sled races many years ago when we had them here in Park Falls. It is an interesting thing to witness, those dogs are amazing. Many people think of sled dogs as big puffy Huskies or what have you, but in reality they are smaller and lighter and more "mutt" looking. Of course not all of them are, and I do NOT mean to insult anyone or their dogs, but they do not look like stereotypical sled dogs of the cartoons or legend or what you might imagine they look like.
|In the chute ready to go|
|Same boy ready to go!|
|Before the dogs are harnessed|
|Waiting their turn to go|
The Ice Caves are part of the Apostle Islands National Park system and they are along the shore of Lake Superior on the northern most edge of Wisconsin. During the summer some hearty souls will sea kayak through those caves, but of course winter time, is a different thing. The ice is not always of proper conditions to have thousands of people walking over to the cave area, in fact the last time was in 2009 that the caves were available. It is something that is hard to describe, as the vastness of the lake and the height of the cliffs and even the ice formations are quite awe inspiring. Worth the trip if you are up for a walk! Be aware that you may end up parking up to 2 miles away from the entrance to the park, and then there is a mile hike to the caves..... and it is VERY easy to wander on and on and on and on. From what I estimate, we walked a total of almost 8 miles. The caves may be open up to another 3 or 4 weeks, of course always depending on ice conditions- which can change quickly I hear.
|This is near the beginning of the cave area- lots of people walking around|
|Some of the amazing ice formations|
|An island way in the distance- I don't remember what one it is|
|Decorations of ice|
|Adam and Laurie trying for a great shot!|
|This reminds of the Boundary Waters landscape|
|Crawled into a low cave|
|Amazing the different sorts of ice, colors, formations|
|The people at the base of the rocks are a great scale comparison|
|The amazing changing weather|
HEY, did I mention that we ate breakfast at Coco's North?? Holy smokes was that good- I had stuffed French Toast, which was so yummy it should be illegal almost. It was a good grainy bread - 2 pieces- egg coated and had some cream cheese filling in between the pieces and a side of rosemary roasted potatoes. Had to be one of the most delicious breakfasts I have ever had. And of course they SERVE the best coffee ever- North Winds Coffee Roasters Coffee from Bayfield. YUM
Anyway, it was such a fabulous day, we were outside all day long once we got to the dog sled races. Just a 10 min drive to the parking road (Lol) of the caves and we were on our feet until 3:30 or 4. Oh it was glorious to warm up and sit down.
Makes you remember what a good thing it is to find joy in whatever you do- and however winter is treating you. Until next time, be a joy giver everyone! Winter can't last forever!! Lola says so!