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You have wandered mindfully? onto the site we are using to track our various Brianna & Marty adventures. Brianna and I finished our 1,200(ish) mile hike of the Ice Age Trail (IAT) in Wisconsin.  Catch up on our adventure in the daily blog below.  Now that we’re off the trail, each hike reads as a story and will flow from oldest to newest.
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IAT TRAVEL DAY 1

Let the adventure begin. Unfortunately, the tales of me going on Survivor have been greatly exaggerated. I did an in-person audition to go on the show, they just never called me. The whole audition experience left me feeling like I’d never have a real shot at going onto Survivor, I’m just not that interesting of a person. All the other people auditioning had
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IAT TRAVEL DAY 2

Late night 4th of July fireworks made sleep difficult for all of us, some more so than others. Rumblings from a pop-up thunderstorm woke us all up around 0530, but it only brought a light drizzle along with it, more bark than bite. On the road by 0730, this time I was driving while Rick caught up on some sleep. Rick and I
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Day 1 – IAT Mile 0 to 8.9

Rain that was supposed to come early this morning didn’t arrive until much later.  Athena sleeps in her bed between Brianna & I in the tent and has been sleeping well when fireworks or are loud noises aren’t booming around.  Unfortunately for me, Athena’s internal clock has not adjusted to central time zone just yet, she woke me up with face kisses at 0500 and
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Day 2 – IAT Mile 8.9 to 24

Hiking with a family support team changes the game.  Brianna and I only have to carry as much weight as we want, Penny cooks breakfast and dinner, the day ends with a car ride back to base camp where our tent is setup and the beer is still cold.  What’s happening right now is more like glamping than it is camping.  Luckily our goal is about
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Day 3 – IAT Mile 24 to 36.6

Curt officially broke the curse!  After today, he has successfully hiked three straight days with us on a long trail.  Well done, Curt! Day 3 of IAT had a pretty good mix of landscapes for the viewing and terrain for the hiking.  We started our day finishing the last four miles of flatland that is the Gandy Dancer.  Curt, Brianna & I hit the trail while Shauna
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Day 4 – IAT Mile 36.6 to 49.0

“Shauna, stop!” I yelled. “Shauna!” Brianna echoed. We hadn’t been hiking more than 5 minutes after finishing lunch before the meadows we had been walking through tunneled into a dark forest.  Shauna lead the way, Brianna took the middle while I trailed the pack.  As the only one of the three with their head up, it was my responsibility to notify the group that a
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Day 6 – IAT Mile 67.4 to 86.6

Timberland Hills & Grassy Lake segments of the IAT are not my favorites.  Timberland Hills is a cross country skiing course the IAT also makes use of.  The track is wide with long grass that never dries out, has steep hills that are look pretty fun as a skier, not so much as a hiker.  Grassy lake is pretty similar, instead of ski tracks, we were
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Day 7 – IAT Mile 86.6 to 108.7

Ladies and gentlemen, friends.  Someone must be held accountable for incorrect waypoints on the Apple Maps application.  When we arrived at the Dairy Queen address on Main St in Haugen, WI, it was a residential home.  Undeterred and hungry for what we had been craving all day, we knocked on the door and asked that the home owner give us ice cream in exchange for American
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Day 8 – IAT Mile 108.7 to 128.6

Hiking sometimes feels like an endless game of ‘would you rather’. Would you rather walk on hard pavement or on a slightly less hard gravel but slanted side road? Would you rather walk with your face free and fight off flies and mosquitoes or put a bug net on and be hot? The correct answer is, Jack Nicholson 1974. Today was hot.  The high
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