h...coffee. I started my day with large quad latte from the Coffee/Cookie shop down the street. It was delicious - sweet without adding sweetener. Thus prepared, we set out for Peninsula State Park. We paid our $10 out-of-state vehicle fee (!!!) and parked at Eagle Tower. We climbed the tower and were rewarded with a spectacular view of Green Bay and Horseshoe Island (left). Later, we agreed it was a good choice to climb the tower first...after a couple hours of hiking, the climb up is much less attractive!
From the tower, we hiked the Sentinel Trail loop...the scent of the pines reminded me of the northern forests in Central New Hampshire. Saw some funky fungus (right), as well as aspen, birch, and Scotch pine groves. The trail crosses snowmobile and "winter use" trails which made me long for snowshoe season. Our hike took us to open meadows that looked like wild Christmas tree farms--groups of young evergreens
surrounded by wildflowers. As the loop circled back to cross the Eagle Trail, we ran into something out of a sausage-and-hot-sauce-pizza induced dream: a Catholic Youth Organization group was hiking the oncoming Eagle Trail, clearing a large, fallen tree one-by-one and singing the limbo song. For a