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Took a walk today

    • Every year my wife and I take a fall weekend trip up to the area around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It usually involves some walks (not so much hikes). This year we walked up to the overlook on Whaleback (a local nature conservancy property). From a few hundred feet up you look down into the lake and across the passage to N and S Manitou Islands. Then we walked to some beaches near point Oneida. It was pretty crowded as you can see due to the spectacular weather.

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    • Did some interesting walking/hiking this weekend.

      I spent a couple of hours and maybe 4 miles walking around the Epic Systems campus in Verona, WI. I didn't take pics because I had no idea and left the cellphone in the car. To put it simply, it is the largest, weirdest, craziest, most expensive piece of ego stroking I've ever seen. Judy Faulkner has so much money, she can't spend it all in what's left of her life. So, she indulges herself. Completely. And, it is quite simply DisneyWorld of corporate HQ's. And, I'm not kidding. While I was there not one, but two, Semi-Trucks were devoted to pumping out the underground.....food grease storage tanks that are fed from pipes throughout the crazy ass campus from it's dining areas, including a gigantic dining hall that is...the train station from Harry Potter. To scale. The HQ is the size of a Big Ten university campus. There is almost as much space underground as above ground. The buildings are the most bizarre part. Many of them are...wait for it...plucked straight from Harry Potter books. Then there is the Alice in Wonderland section. Not kidding.

      atlasobscura.com/places/epiccampus

      Yesterday I did some excellent real hiking at Devils Lake SP, WI. Great red/purple and grey quartzite formations in the Baraboo Range, some of the oldest exposed rock in all of US at 1.6 billions years old. Great scrambling and climbing. Picturesque lake. A portion of the Ice Age Trail runs through here. About 6 miles of hiking/scrambling in great weather with great friends made for a great day! Really spectacular scenery and hiking here.

      iceagetrail.org/wp-content/upl…-Sample-Baraboo-Hills.pdf


      :D :D
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      ScareBear wrote:

      Did some interesting walking/hiking this weekend.

      I spent a couple of hours and maybe 4 miles walking around the Epic Systems campus in Verona, WI. I didn't take pics because I had no idea and left the cellphone in the car. To put it simply, it is the largest, weirdest, craziest, most expensive piece of ego stroking I've ever seen. Judy Faulkner has so much money, she can't spend it all in what's left of her life. So, she indulges herself. Completely. And, it is quite simply DisneyWorld of corporate HQ's. And, I'm not kidding. While I was there not one, but two, Semi-Trucks were devoted to pumping out the underground.....food grease storage tanks that are fed from pipes throughout the crazy ass campus from it's dining areas, including a gigantic dining hall that is...the train station from Harry Potter. To scale. The HQ is the size of a Big Ten university campus. There is almost as much space underground as above ground. The buildings are the most bizarre part. Many of them are...wait for it...plucked straight from Harry Potter books. Then there is the Alice in Wonderland section. Not kidding.

      atlasobscura.com/places/epiccampus

      Yesterday I did some excellent real hiking at Devils Lake SP, WI. Great red/purple and grey quartzite formations in the Baraboo Range, some of the oldest exposed rock in all of US at 1.6 billions years old. Great scrambling and climbing. Picturesque lake. A portion of the Ice Age Trail runs through here. About 6 miles of hiking/scrambling in great weather with great friends made for a great day! Really spectacular scenery and hiking here.

      iceagetrail.org/wp-content/upl…-Sample-Baraboo-Hills.pdf


      :D :D
      Thanks for reporting on your walk in Verona. My daughter was a Harry Potter fanatic growing up so I will have to take her there. I'm also interested in seeing it and comparing to the Big Ten university campuses that I've been to. Somehow, I have a hard time believing there is as much property as Michigan State has.
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      TrafficJam wrote:

      Took a walk near Albuquerque, knew I shoulda made a left turn.

      Started off in a desert environment at 6400 ft, climbed through three temperate zones, and ended up at 9400 ft. 3000 ft gain over 4.7 mi. From the beginning, I was short of breath and dizzy, then got nauseous. Because I only had a slight headache, figured the symptoms were from the extra glass of wine the night before, or maybe food poisoning. I didn't realize nausea was a symptom of altitude sickness. Felt better after turning around and heading down. After the hike, my arms hurt from shoulders to elbows but have no idea why. This morning they are fine.

      I loved seeing the cacti, sage, and mesquite at the lower elevation and the beautiful aspen and pine trees higher up. Beautiful environment.
      when I fly into Johnson Bell, Missoula Mt. from Long Island sound, I land at 3200 feet. Everything from there is up. I am whoosy, stuffed up and sinuses are draining bad...... on the third day I can breath, it is heaven.
      Cheesecake> Ramen :thumbsup:
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      Coach

      72 hours is the normal time to overcome altitude sickness. When I guided, our summer camp was about 7,800' and one of the lakes we fished was around 10,000'.


      We did this lake on the third day of the week to give the clients time to adjust a little to the altitude. Fortunately most of the clients came into town the a day or two before we left for camp so they had already "started adjusting" to the altitude.
      The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
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      Trillium wrote:

      ScareBear wrote:

      Did some interesting walking/hiking this weekend.

      I spent a couple of hours and maybe 4 miles walking around the Epic Systems campus in Verona, WI. I didn't take pics because I had no idea and left the cellphone in the car. To put it simply, it is the largest, weirdest, craziest, most expensive piece of ego stroking I've ever seen. Judy Faulkner has so much money, she can't spend it all in what's left of her life. So, she indulges herself. Completely. And, it is quite simply DisneyWorld of corporate HQ's. And, I'm not kidding. While I was there not one, but two, Semi-Trucks were devoted to pumping out the underground.....food grease storage tanks that are fed from pipes throughout the crazy ass campus from it's dining areas, including a gigantic dining hall that is...the train station from Harry Potter. To scale. The HQ is the size of a Big Ten university campus. There is almost as much space underground as above ground. The buildings are the most bizarre part. Many of them are...wait for it...plucked straight from Harry Potter books. Then there is the Alice in Wonderland section. Not kidding.

      atlasobscura.com/places/epiccampus

      Yesterday I did some excellent real hiking at Devils Lake SP, WI. Great red/purple and grey quartzite formations in the Baraboo Range, some of the oldest exposed rock in all of US at 1.6 billions years old. Great scrambling and climbing. Picturesque lake. A portion of the Ice Age Trail runs through here. About 6 miles of hiking/scrambling in great weather with great friends made for a great day! Really spectacular scenery and hiking here.

      iceagetrail.org/wp-content/upl…-Sample-Baraboo-Hills.pdf


      :D :D
      Thanks for reporting on your walk in Verona. My daughter was a Harry Potter fanatic growing up so I will have to take her there. I'm also interested in seeing it and comparing to the Big Ten university campuses that I've been to. Somehow, I have a hard time believing there is as much property as Michigan State has.
      When you take away the residence halls and dorms, and consider the vastness of the underground square footage, it has to be close in size, as far as interior square footage is concerned. Also, you have to remember that Judy Faulker is a bit..odd....instead of an 11,000 seat arena sitting above ground, her's sits FIVE STORIES BELOW GROUND. That's right. FIVE STORIES BELOW GROUND. You have no idea you are walking on top of it. Almost 98 percent of the parking is hidden underground. There is an extensive underground tunnel network that links all buildings. All utilities are underground, including waste removal, water treatment, waste water treatment, recycling, heating, power and cooling. And supplies via deliveries are made underground. Above ground is Disney World. Seriously. You can't appreciate it's vastness until you realize all you are seeing is what Judy wants you to see...her own weird Nirvana. 10,000 people spend 8 hours a day there...it is freaking huge. I heard she designed the size of the Epic logo on top of the main building to be read from outer space...their address is Milky Way Drive...that should give you an idea of her mind...
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      I finally took a walk today for the first time in what feels like forever. It almost never works out that my husband and I both have a weekend free at the same time and that the weather is pleasant to boot. Aside from the fact that I've had some kind of upper respiratory crap going on for the last week and I probably coughed enough to scare off any wildlife within earshot, it was a great day.

      We hit up a few local trails. One was a super short, approximately 1.25 mile end to end with key hole loops at either end, paved, nature trail with informational signs. The other was a trailhead that splits off in to a few different ones that start out through a high meadow and then either descend to follow a creek, go up a hillside to an overlook or climb to a couple of different 6,000-7,000 foot peaks. Since it was later in the day and the sun was right in our faces the whole time, we just walked until we got tired of squinting and then turned around. You can't tell from the pictures but yesterday everything was covered in snow. Any time we got in the treeline, there were still pockets of snow and some really thick mud. I don't think I would have made it the extra 1,600ish feet to the peaks anyway since I sound like I'm breathing through one lung. :)

      All in all, it was a nice couple of hours in the sunshine and fresh air with my husband.


      “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T. S. Eliot
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      LIhikers wrote:

      Ewok, those are some great photos, you've got a good eye for picture taking.
      Do you use a camera or are they just from a phone?
      Hope you feel better soon.
      Thank you! I have a Nikon D3100 camera. I have no idea what I'm doing with it half the time but sometimes I get really lucky and the picture just kind of takes itself.
      “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T. S. Eliot