It’s another beautiful day and though it’s very hot and humid we are going on a new adventure. This time we are headed to Merrimac to ride the Ferry across Lake Wisconsin and hike the Ice Age Trail to reach Rock of Gibraltar.

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I stopped to put some gas in the van and snapped a photo of Felix and a giant farmer outside the gas station.

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Our next stop was in Merrimac where we got out to buy some cold drinks and a snack while we waited for the ferry to arrive from the other side. Once on the ferry, I started snapping photos and realized people were all getting out of their cars and gathering behind the van to see Levi.

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I got out to open the doors and let the kids enjoy petting him.

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The ferry was getting close to shore so I quickly snapped a few more and prepared to exit.

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When we arrived at the Ice Age Trail parking lot, I was already impressed with the flowers surrounding the site.

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I didn’t notice when I took the next two pics of Levi that there were sun beams shining right down on him.

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We entered the woods and began a very gentle incline. That was going to change as we got further along.

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Stacked rocks from previous hikers.

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We left the wooded area and found a large meadow with fantastic views. Felix pointed as a plane flew above us.

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The trail here leads to a wooded area.

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Entering a wooded trail we found relief from the heat and humidity. There were many rock formations along the way.

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Levi is always checking out the plants.

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More of the trail to the top.

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Felix thinks he sees a cave up above.

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We reach the top at last. This is the highest point in Columbia County. The “kids” are checking out something new.

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This young couple are oblivious to the donkey that is looking upon them.

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I dare not get to close to the edge with Felix and Levi so these photos are the best I can take.

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We find the sign that tells about The Rock of Gibraltar.

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Felix is frustrated because I won’t let him get near to the edge.

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We follow the paved trail back down.

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Levi stops to grab a bite to eat.

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We find that we are in a different parking lot so we take the road back to get to the van.

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Heading down V there’s a beautiful valley view.

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We finally reach the parking lot and Felix kisses the ground. He is so happy to be back after our 5-6 mile hike.

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This hike has been our longest and most challenging so far but it was so worth it. If your ever in the area and enjoy hiking I would highly recommend it.

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