Pewits Nest is a fairly small geological feature where Skillet Creek cut a narrow 30 to 40 foot deep gorge out of the Cambrian era sandstone. There are a couple small waterfalls that feed the potholes below them and sheer rock walls which when I was younger, were great for jumping off of into the pools of water below. Unfortunately it seems that with the natural area’s growth in popularity over the years, the abuse of the site has also grown, and inevitably pushed officials to heavily restrict what people are allowed to do. I’m not 100% sure what all happened to cause them to do this, but it feels like to me that it is a classic case of, tragedy of the commons.
We arrived at Devil’s Lake and were greeted with an empty parking lot and frigid, sub-zero wind chills. This was going to be our coldest hike yet by far, and in the back of my mind I was curious how Sara would deal with the cold, especially with the wind. That question would not go unanswered for very long and before we even got to the trail from the parking lot, cries of frustration rang out amidst the trees.
Now in her defense, Sara is a southern Gal who grew-up in my birth state, where the “winters” almost never get below zero and they get about as much snow in an entire season, as Wisconsin gets in one storm. The zipper on her coat is also broken in more ways than one, something I feel like I will never hear the end of, but that’s okay, because despite all that she decided to press on, probably hoping that it would all be worth it in the end. I hoped so too, for my sake, haha.
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