The Artist Couple
Though it had not broken us, winter was over and it was nice to shed the heavy winter coats and gloves and dawn the spring gear. It was a beautiful spring afternoon when we started our 14.2 mile hike along the Blue Spring Lake segment of the Ice Age trail. A vast majority of this segment is forest, starting out in hardwood and transitioning back-and-forth between pine and hardwood as you work your way up-and-down the ridgelines.
The lake itself is near the end of the segment if you are starting from east and heading west. It's a rather small lake and is completely undeveloped as far as residential structures goes. There is a small sitting area on the east side of the lake, just off the trail as you approach the lake. Sara and I were lucky enough to catch a rafter of Turkey's crossing the trail, just as we broke out of the woods and caught our first glimpse of the lake.
Hiking the ridgelines was one of the highlights of this segment. A lot of the trail runs atop these narrow and steep ridges, which offered beautiful views while there was no foliage on the trees. The best part that I remember though (seeing as I'm writing this many months after we hiked it), was that amazing "golden hour" on our hike back to the car. We came across an opening in the trees, just as the sunlight was getting all buttery soft, which is when I took the last picture in this post and is by far my favorite picture from this hike.
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The Artist Couple
Sara & Topher
We are a working artist couple based out of Austin, TX. This blog chronicles our life and artistic ventures, as we work to make the world and environment a little better every day.