Note: change to Saturday morning. The weekend is supposed to be gorgeous, so let's get some real exercise with a morning hike at Prairie Moraine Park. Unlike some of the flat trails we have used lately, this park is part of the Ica Age State Trail, and is full of hills and valleys. There are several different paths you can take through the park, but the main loop is over 2 miles in length with some breath taking (literally) short climbs. Most of the paths are covered with wood chips, although with the rain expected earlier in the week, there may be a few spots that have residual muddy areas. With any luck the apple orchard will be in bloom by Sunday.
Yes, this is the big County Dog Park on Highway PB in Verona, and you can bring your four legged friends along. Be aware though that it's easy to lose your dog here, as there are so many different trails they can take, so if they aren't well behaved, you might want to leave them on leash or leave them home. This Meetup is primarily intended as a hike, not just a dog-park Meetup.
Prairie Moraine Park is located on County Highway PB, south of County Road M. From Madison, take Hwy. 18/151 (Verona Road) south, past McKee Road. Exit the freeway at the second Verona exit, for Hwy. PB, and turn left at the light. There will be another traffic light where County Hwy. M crosses PB. Go south toward Paoli, the park will be on your left about 3/4 mile south of County Road M at Wesner Road. You will also see Resurrection Church on the left on Wesner Road right by the park. Please make every effort to be on time, as it's difficult to be waiting for people and it could be hard to find us once we pick a trail. If you are running late or have trouble finding the park, contact me at[masked]-3716.
We will spend about an hour on our hike. For those interested, we can head over to the Pancake Cafe for breakfast after our hike. Pancake Cafe is located on Nesbitt Road, about 1/2 mile south of County Hwy. PD (McKee Road), in Fitchburg. See their location and menu at their web site: http://www.pancakecafe.com
If you want to just join us for breakfast, plan to Meet at the Pancake Cafe around 10:30.