Night Hikes in January

The last couple of January’s a small group of us have gone on a long night hike after work into a remote cabin in Brown County that Doug Millers family owns.  The last two years we went it has been the coldest and snowiest day of the winter.  Tonight we head out for hike version 3 and they are predicting an ice storm.  In other words timing couldn’t be better. 

You might ask why go for a long hike in January, at night, with no trail, freezing cold and ice and snow?  Did I mention the cabin has no electricity, bathroom, or running water?  Why not we say, you can only stay inside and watch Jeopardy so many times before going stir crazy.  Have to make the best of what you got right?

Anyway, the company is good and we generally eat a lot even though we have to pack it in ourselves.   When we first arrive the cabin is ice cold, but a wood stove once going makes for some great heat. By the time we wake up in the morning the cabin is cold again until someone volunteers to start the fire back up.  Nothing like crawling in tight in your sleeping bag till the fire is warm and the breakfast is hot.  Guess I should get up and help huh.  Well, guess I will now that I shamed myself.

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