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Hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Glacial Features and a Cold Cache Experience

Program Number: 21530RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History; Science & Nature; Walking/Hiking
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

More than 12,000 years ago, the region surrounding the Great Lakes was encased by the Wisconsin glaciation — a sheet of ice thousands of feet thick. Today, a 1,000-mile long “Ice Age Trail” follows the paths once created by this massive glacier as it receded. With a noted geologist and author, gain new insights into Wisconsin’s geologic past as you enjoy five days of hiking along various segments of the Ice Age Trail in the northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. As you explore one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the country, discover world-class landforms from the last glaciation, including moraines, drumlins, moulin kames, kettles, eskers and glacial lake beds.




Highlights

• Utilize GPS technology to discover glacial land formations left from the last ice age during cold caching experiences.
• Spot migratory birds and enjoy brilliant fall foliage as you hike along the trails.
• Savor an afternoon field trip to a local, family-owned cheese cellar and enjoy a taste of Wisconsin’s cheese-making traditions.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 3-7 miles per day.



Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.




Accommodations
Beautifully restored resort with lake views and indoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Dolly McNulty

Dolly McNulty grew up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and moved away shortly after graduating from high school. Now retired, she returned to the Two Rivers region seven years ago and volunteers as the ColdCache coordinator — a program that she developed — for the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA). The ColdCache program promotes the search for geologic treasures along the IATA, and brings more visitors to the trail, promotes public awareness and appreciation for Wisconsin’s glacial landscape. Dolly has volunteered with the IATA for more than 20 years, and served on its board of directors for six years. She has more than 25 years of human resources experience, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
 
David Mickelson

Dr. Dave Mickelson joined the Geoscience Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971 after completing his dissertation on Alaska’s Burroughs Glacier at Ohio State University. During his 34 years at Madison, Dave directed 19 Ph.D. and 68 M.S. degrees in geology, water resource management, and geological engineering. Dave became an Emeritus Professor at the end of the 2004-05 academic year, although he is continuing his research as a Senior Scientist. He is co-author of the book "Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail."
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Victorian Village Resort
  Elkhart Lake, WI 5 nights
 Victorian Village Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Victorian Village Resort, a beautifully restored vintage resort in Elkhart Lake, WI, has the feel of a gracious informal country estate. At this relaxing hamlet kissing the sandy shores of the refreshingly clear Elkhart Lake, you can walk downtown to ice cream shops, art galleries, eclectic stores, foodie-worthy dining, lively taverns and a world class spa. Set in the Kettle Moraine Forest with hiking, biking and cross country ski trails, this resort has welcomed guests for over a century and is still a premiere destination for those who desire natural beauty and the pleasant ambiance of a little lakeside village that promises it's guests a whole lot of fun!
  Contact info: 276 Victorian Village Rd
P O Box 337
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 USA
phone: 877-860-9988
web: www.victorianvillageresort.com
  Room amenities: Guests staying at the Victorian Inn will enjoy in their guest rooms a mini fridge and coffee maker along with a private balcony.
  Facility amenities: An indoor pool is conveniently attached with the Victorian Inn accommodations.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call resort directly for rates Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call resort directly for rates Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at resort from 3:00 pm. You will be staying at Victorian Village Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes after breakfast. You will be staying at Victorian Village Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free surface parking at resort.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Elkhart Lake, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Elkhart Lake
  Nearest highway: Hwy 67
  Nearest airport:  Milwaukee's Gen. Mitchell Int'l Airport (MKE)
  From End of Program
  Location: Elkhart Lake, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Milwaukee, WI

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GoRiteway
phone: 800-236-5452
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. $70.00 per person one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

53 miles

   

Make reservations by phone or online at: goriteway.com

 
Driving Directions
  Chicago to Elkhart Lake Take I-94 N to I-43 N through Milwaukee, then follow Milwaukee directions.
  Madison to Elkhart Lake Take Hwy 151 N to Hey 41 to Fond du Lac to Hwy 23 E (to Plymouth) to Hwy 67 to Elkhart Lake. Then follow in town directions in Milwaukee directions.
  Milwaukee to Elkhart Lake Take I-43 N to Hwy 57 N (to Plymouth) to Hwy 23 W to Hwy 67 N to Elkhart Lake. At stop sign go left (west) to Rhine St to Lake St, turn left (south) to lake, the resort is on your right. Follow lobby signs, drive down just a bit, check in Lobby is a house with a porch on your right. If you are using GPS type in "279 S Lake St" because Victorian Village Dr is a private road and won't show up in GPS.
Equipment Requirements: Broken in hiking boots, hat, sunscreen
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / The Cold Cache Program
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 Afternoon: WELCOME TO ELKHART LAKE! Plan to arrive in the afternoon. Resort check-in available from 3:00 pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation and to confirm the time and place of the session. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk. ORIENTATION. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Our leader instructor, Dr. Dave Mickelson, will provide an OVERVIEW OF WISCONSIN’S GLACIAL FEATURES. Please be aware that program activities ad scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
 Evening: Gather in our meeting space for a session on THE COLD CACHE PROGRAM - HOW DOES IT WORK? ColdCaching is an exciting new way to explore and learn about the many fascinating natural features along the thousand-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Experience the thrill of a treasure hunt, learn important navigational skills and develop an appreciation for Wisconsin's fascinating Ice Age history.
   
Accommodations: Victorian Village Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Parnell and Butler Lake Segments / Ethnic Settlements
(Monday, October 6)

Note: Hiking total: 4.6 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 4. Itinerary: from resort, travel 13 miles to Highway 67 trailhead, then hike 2.5 miles to Parnell Fire Tower. Bus pick-up at Parnell Tower then travel 9 miles to the Ice Age Visitor Center for lunch. Board bus and travel 3 miles to Highway F trailhead. Hike 2.1 miles to Butler Lake. Bus pick-up at Highway V, then travel 3 miles to Garriety Hill gravel pit. Return to bus and travel 20 miles back to resort.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the resort. Each morning you'll enjoy assorted cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast, bagels, hard boiled eggs, orange juice, milk, and coffee.
 Morning: Board bus at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. The Ice Age Trail (IAT) is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. Our first hike is along the PARNELL SEGMENT to the Parnell Observation Tower to view the landscape. Travel through moulin kames, kettles, and hummocky topography.
 Lunch: Bag lunch at the Ice Age Interpretive Center.
 Afternoon: Board bus and travel to the BUTLER LAKE SEGMENT. Butler Lake is spring fed and sits in a large kettle mostly bounded by peat bog. The IAT follows the crest of the Parnell Esker along the lake. Dundee Mountain is a large Moulin kame about a mile west of the trail.
 Dinner: Dinner in the resort restaurant.
 Evening: Gather in our meeting room for a session with a guest speaker on ETHNIC SETTLEMENTS IN EASTERN WISCONSIN. Learn more about the many immigrant groups that came to Wisconsin including Irish, German, Italian, Swiss and Belgian.
   
Accommodations: Victorian Village Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Two Creeks Buried Forest, Point Beach, and Greenbush Segments
(Tuesday, October 7)

Note: Hiking total: 3.4 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 4. Itinerary: from resort, travel 52 miles to buried forest, then hike 0.2 miles. Return to bus and travel 10 miles to Point Beach State Forest for lunch followed by a 2 mile hike. Return to bus and travel 59 miles to Glenbeulah, hike 1.2 miles to Highway S. Bus pick-up, then travel 9 miles back to resort.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the resort.
 Morning: Board bus at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. When the glacier readvanced into Wisconsin about 14,000 years ago, the climate had warmed and a spruce forest grew. Rising lake levels and the glacier itself killed the forest which is now preserved at TWO CREEKS BURIED FOREST UNIT of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. This is among the most famous and studied geological sites in the Great Lakes area. Wood from this site was the first geologic sample dated with the radiocarbon method. The Two Creeks deposit is almost unique in the central United States, preserving a record of vegetation from a time right at the end of the last glaciation.
 Lunch: Bag lunch at Point Beach State Forest.
 Afternoon: Hike the POINT BEACH SEGMENT. See ancient beach ridges and swales, sand dunes and the modern beach. Discuss beach processes and the formation and geologic history of the Great Lakes. Board bus and travel to GREENBUSH SEGMENT. The trail traverses high-relief hummocky topography through mixed hardwood forests of maple, basswood, oak, and pine. Look for pileated woodpeckers and wild turkey.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
 Evening: FREE TIME. Take some time to relax and reflect. Explore the amenities of the resort or take a walk into town.
   
Accommodations: Victorian Village Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Milwaukee River Segment and Spruce Lake Bog / Niagara Escarpment
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: Hiking total: 5.0 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 2. Itinerary: from resort, travel 30 miles to trailhead, then hike 4.7 miles. Bus pick-up at Highway H, then travel 8 miles to Mauthe Lake for lunch. Board bus and travel 6 miles to the Ice Age Trail Visitor Center. Return to bus and travel 3 miles to bog with a short 0.3 mile hike. Bus pick-up at Spruce Lake Bog, then travel 20 miles back to resort.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the resort.
 Morning: Board bus at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. The Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest (KMSF) highlights the formation of glacial features such as kettles, kames and eskers. It is this area that inspired Ray Zillmer to conceive of the Ice Age Trail. During the mid-1950s, he pursued government officials at all levels to recognize, preserve and establish a 1,000-mile national park that told the story of the Ice Age. Hike along the MILWAUKEE RIVER SEGMENT through forest and meadows with hummocky moraine, large moulin kames, and kettles easily viewable from the trail.
 Lunch: Bag lunch at Mauthe Lake
 Afternoon: Presentations at Ice Age Visitor Center by staff from the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and the National Park Service (NPS). Building an off-road trail across Wisconsin—land access challenges. On the ground trail building experiences. The Saunters Program (school outreach). Board bus and travel to SPRUCE LAKE BOG. Take a short hike along a boardwalk to experience a quaking Sphagnum bog in a kettle.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
 Evening: Gather in our meeting room for a session with a guest speaker on THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT IN WISCONSIN.
   
Accommodations: Victorian Village Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Horicon Marsh Unit / Campbellsport Drumlins / Kewaskum Segment / Farewell Dinner
(Thursday, October 9)

Note: Hiking total: 5.5 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 3. Itinerary: from resort, travel 39 miles to Oakfield Ledge, then hike 1.0 mile loop trail. Bus pick-up, then travel 18 miles to Horicon Marsh. Hike 2.3 miles. Return to bus and travel 13 miles to cheese factory. Return to bus and travel 27 miles to Kewaskum. Hike 2.2 miles. Bus pick-up at Ridge Road, then travel 40 miles back to resort.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Bus leaves at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. Great views of the Niagara Escarpment on the 1 mile loop hike at OAKFIELD LEDGE STATE NATURAL AREA. Then hike at the former glacial lake, now HORICON MARSH UNIT of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve where we will see many migratory birds. Return to bus and travel to the nearby town of Theresa and WIDMER’S CHEESE factory and tasting of brick cheese curds.
 Lunch: Bag lunch at Horicon Marsh.
 Afternoon: Board bus and travel through the very high drumlins in CAMPBELLSPORT DRUMLIN UNIT of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Then travel to the KEWASKUM SEGMENT for a 2.2 miles hike and experience the very large and impressive moulin kames.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the resort.
 Evening: Gather in our meeting room for a FAREWELL PROGRAM with our instructors to share your stories and photos along with Cold Cache awards.
   
Accommodations: Victorian Village Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes / Departure
(Friday, October 10)

Note: Check-out by 11:00 am.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the resort. This concludes our program. Thank you for joining us for this ROAD SCHOLAR program in Elkhart Lake. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail


Author: David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr. and Susan L. Simpson


Description: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail meanders across the state of Wisconsin through scenic glacial terrain dotted with lakes, steep hills, and long, narrow ridges. David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr., and Susan L. Simpson bring this landscape to life and help readers understand what Ice Age Wisconsin was like. An overview of Wisconsin’s geology and key geological concepts helps readers understand geological processes, materials, and landforms. The authors detail geological features along each segment of the Ice Age Trail and at each of the nine National Ice Age Scientific Reserve sites. Readers can experience the Ice Age Trail through more than one hundred full-color photographs, scores of beautiful maps, and helpful diagrams. Science briefs explain glacial features such as eskers, drumlins, and moraines. Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail also includes detailed trail descriptions that are cross referenced with the science briefs to make it easy to find the geological terms used in the trail descriptions. Whatever your level of experience with hiking or knowledge of glaciers, this book will provide lively, informative, and revealing descriptions for a new understanding of the shape of the land beneath our feet.



Ice Age Trail Companion Guide


Author: Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation


Description: More than 12,000 years ago the last colossal glacier retreated from Wisconsin, leaving behind landforms that represent some of the world's finest examples of how continental glaciation sculpts a landscape. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail highlights these remarkable landforms and the state's abundant scenic beauty. Written for day-, section- and thru-hikers, the Ice Age Trail Companion Guide includes a complete description of the entire thousand-mile Ice Age Trail, including driving directions to all Trail access points, dining, lodging and shopping information for nearby towns. New guide coming out April 2014.



Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail


Author: Eric Sherman, Andrew Hanson III, Bart Smith and David Obey


Description: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath—entirely within the state of Wisconsin—that courses like a river through a varied landscape. Walk the Ice Age Trail to witness hundreds of crystal lakes, thriving prairies and farmlands, towering white pines and diverse wetlands, ancient Native American effigy mounds, remnant oak savannas, charming villages and cities, and many of the world’s finest examples of the effects of continental glaciation. More than twelve thousand years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice, as much as two miles deep, sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty. Geologic features along the trail include kames, kettles, drumlins, ice-walled-lake plains, eskers, tunnel channels, basalt bluffs, dells, and rock-strewn terminal moraines. Here too, is the ancient landscape of the Driftless Area, notably devoid of glacial evidence. Photographer Bart Smith hiked the Ice Age Trail in four seasons, capturing stunning images for this book. Adding depth to his images are essays by notable and knowledgeable writers, telling us more about the natural history of this remarkable landscape and their personal engagement with it. Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail contains essays by: Mike Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service and biologist, UW–Stevens Point; Robert Freckmann, botanist, UW–Stevens Point; Paul G. Hayes, retired journalist for Milwaukee Journal; Randy Hoffman, conservation biologist; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Ellen Kort, former poet laureate of Wisconsin; David Mickelson, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, UW–Madison; and Sarah Mittlefehldt, environmental historian, UW–Madison.





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