We kicked off the 61st walk, our last of 2017, in Cable, WI. Despite the crisp fall weather on Tuesday, we started with a pontoon boat ride on Lake Namakagon. Our boat captain, Henry Rieckhoff, gave us a smooth and picturesque ride to Garmisch, USA for dinner. We enjoyed Brandy Old Fashions and a wonderful German dinner with the Wisconsin Tourism Council. I had time to talk with eight wonderful women who have been meeting once a year since college. Cable was their destination this year!
The next morning, we met at North Country Trail. Our host, James Bolen, from the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, informed us that this part of the trail is maintained by a small group of dedicated volunteers and runs through the Cable area on its way from the Atlantic Ocean to North Dakota. Fun Fact: it is the longest contiguous trail in the nation, 4,600 miles! During our walk, Emily Stone, Naturalist with Cable Natural History Museum, pointed out the mint leaves, yellow birch trees, and maidenhair ferns. My favorite part of this walk was the Juniper Rock Overlook, which boasted breathtaking views – we could see the beautiful fall colors for miles. After the walk, we enjoyed some delicious treats that couldn’t be more perfect for fall: Bayfield apples, apple cookies, and of course some fresh apple cider.
This was my second visit to Cable, our first visit and walk was in July 2011 and it was bit hot and muggy. No matter the season — Cable is an excellent tourist destination in Wisconsin!
I want to thank James Bolen, Director for Cable Area Chamber of Commerce and Mary Motiff from Bayfield County Tourism for all the work they did to make my stay so special and thank you to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for another great Walk with Walker year!