Moraine Hills State Park

The same weekend that Lizzie and I visited Volo Bog State Natural Area, we also visited Moraine Hills State Park. It is characterized by a 48-acre lake and hills that were created by receding glaciers 15,500 years ago.

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We hiked the 3.7 mile Lake Defiance Trail. Half the lake is surrounded by trees. It was so windy that day that at one point our hike turned more into a sprint because the trees were freaking us out with their swaying and cracking. You know that saying you don’t have to run faster than the [insert wild animal here], you just have to run faster than the slowest person? Yeah…I’m the slowest person.

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The other half of the trail crosses a bog next to the lake via a boardwalk. This part of the trail was so beautiful that we didn’t even mind getting pelted with 1/4 inch hail. There are benches on the board walk that would’ve made for great places to rest and eat a snack, if we hadn’t started shivering the second we stopped moving (this was pre-merino wool base layers).

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We also hiked about  a mile of the Leatherleaf Bog Trail before it started lightning in the not so far off distance making us run for the truck. I would like to go back and hike the rest of the trail some day and it’d be great if mother nature could hold off on raining, hailing, snowing, 20+ mile/hour wind, or 20 degrees.

 

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