Indian Lake Park

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At some point, I will need to do a post about the Dane County Parks.  There are some great ones in this county.  But as for now, let me tell you about my favorite, year-round gem….Indian Lake Park.  Until last winter, I had only been to this park in the summer.  It is GORGEOUS in the summer with well-marked and groomed trails and beautiful views.  I like to pack a lunch with G and O and head over there for the afternoon.  We picnic, run around, and then hike the trail up to the overlook.  Along the way is a small, yet very interesting, old chapel.   This particular trail is good for kids my age (6 and 5) since it is not overly long, has steps, a couple old, interesting trees, and a rewarding overlook at the top.  It is easily hiked by my crew.

Hiking up the steps to the chapel and overlook

Hiking up the steps to the chapel and overlook

Ahhh the reward.  Check out the gorgeous view.

Ahhh the reward. Check out the gorgeous view.

 

That’s all well and good but it’s DECEMBER right now.   Not gonna look like that.  Last winter, I discovered there is a sled hill here.  Okay so I know we don’t have snow right now, but we WILL.  So I highly suggest you plan a sledding excursion here.  The sled hill is a short hike from the parking lot through the snowy and beautiful woods.  At the top of the sled hill there is a large fire pit and a small warming house.  On the particular Saturday that we were there, there was a bonfire going, and the woodburner in the warming house was going strong.  G and I had a blast sledding here.  It’s a pretty setting and a perfectly sized hill.

Sitting near the fire pit at the top of the hill.

Sitting near the fire pit at the top of the hill.

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We saw many people cross country skiing here as well.  This is a sport I hope to try out again this winter.  I tried once as a teenager, and well, it didn’t go so great.  I enjoy the outdoors in winter though, so these trails look inviting!

When we get some substantial snow, head out to Indian Lake to sled.  And my kids would want to me to remind you that you MUST get hot cocoa after.  Winter activities must always be followed by cocoa, they say.

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