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Several hundred people and I attended the Ice Age Trail Alliance annual conference at Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area last weekend.

Daily scheduled hikes, meetings, presenters, and entertainment enriched the schedule.

I hiked and assisted with remapping trail sections. Snow lingered, deep enough in places to fall through up to knee-level.

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I was inspired by Juan Martinez who shared his passion for the outdoors. He said his goal is to get youth outdoors. He is an ‘emerging explorer/environmentalist’ with National Geographic.

I viewed an exclusive Discover Wisconsin premiere of a television program featuring the Ice Age Trail.

I was informed thoroughly by Dolly McNulty about the ColdCache Program of the Ice Age Trail. ColdCaching is a combination of a treasure hunt and orienteering.

I listened to a panel of ‘thousand-milers’ describe and answer questions about their hiking adventures.

I was entertained by bluegrass band “Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.”
The conference was a good kick-off to another year of volunteering on the Ice Age Trail!

Marilynn Nash writes about her exploration of the outdoors in Wisconsin -- a variety of outdoor experiences -- hiking, biking, snowshoeing, trailbuilding volunteer work, boating, ski hill tubing and more. She'll probably try a few things she hasn't done before.

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