Hello! My birthday is in March and these past two years I have had some of the best birthdays ever! This year was a lot of traveling. My birthday weekend I went to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin with my sister and spent the day hiking. Of course I had to take a doll with me, and since my sister was dog sitting Nicki decided to go and meet him.
Kip was super excited to see Nicki. It took a long time and multiple takes to get this shot.
Sunday after church we drove to Devil’s Lake. We parked and discussed which trail we wanted to take first and looked around for signs of a trail head. There were none that we could see. We walked around trying to figure it out on the map when a guy in a truck pulled up and said, “You two look like you might be lost, do you need any help?”
We told him what we wanted and he gave us great directions and even lent us his microspikes!
I would not have been able to survive if I didn’t have these! There was snow and ice on many of the rocks and I have pretty poor balance. I pretty much never slipped once on these. I highly recommend them and hope to get some for myself.
As soon as we set foot on the trail we started hiking up, up, up. The rock formations seemed to spring up out of the snow and tower over us.
There were many fun crevices to climb up in.
Even Nicki jumped out of the backpack and climbed on the rocks
The higher we got, the more breathtaking the views.
My sister, Hillary said, “I want to go across the lake and climb on those rocks!” We didn’t do that as there was no way to get down from where we were, but we did see people on the lake fishing.
Nicki got tired very quickly and asked to get stuffed back in the backpack (the wimp!).
Nicki climbed up to her little shelter and we did too….our own human sized one….called Devil’s Doorway:
Hillary was very brave and decided to wiggle through a little crevice in the wall….
To get up in the doorway for a photo.
Everything was great until she decided to get down. It was a very scary jump to the next rock. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it if I were her. She sat down but was too scared to slide or jump down. Three other people came along and tried to help her. A guy asked her to jump into his arms but she was too scared. Finally we all formed a barrier around a round rock and she jumped by herself. It was a good thing we surrounded her like that because her jump did carry a lot of momentum and if a girl hadn’t caught her, she would’ve fallen off a different rock and then off the cliff!
Nicki and me! yay! heehee!
The more we walked, the higher we went, climbing up stone stairs.
We felt sometimes like we were walking through a canyon.
We came to a junction in the trail. We followed the arrows of the trail we thought we wanted to go on. It was a real marked trail, but it was ALL ROCK:
We were climbing up and down and around for hours on this. We kept thinking the rocks would end and we’d circle back to where we had started but that never happened. We finally decided to confirm with some rock climbers as to which trail we were on. It turned out we were on a Rock Climbing trail that wasn’t even listed on the map even though it was well marked! We decided to turn around and go back the way we came.
After getting lost at least one more time, we finally got to the end of the trail.
Nicki was so happy!!!
We were all so exhausted and the next day I was so sore I could barely lift my arms up! But it was well worth it! I hope to go back and try some more trails!
Stay tuned for more travel adventures coming up soon!