October is upon us and that means it’s time for the Ice Age Trail Mammoth Hike 41 Challenge. This month-long event encourages people to get out and walk 41 miles of the Ice Age Trail, with a special emphasis on visiting Trail Communities. Those who complete 41 miles of Trail in the month of October – and who sign up for the Challenge on the Ice Age Trail Alliance website so they can report their miles – will receive an attractive patch and a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.
As part of this year’s Challenge Lodi-area community partners hosted the Wander Lodi Walk on October 2. Participants in this outing (some of whom are pictured above) included people from Hartland, Sun Prairie, Madison, and Lodi. It was the first time the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, Lodi-Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, and Lodi Valley Historical Society collaborated on an event. Guides Brittanie Dempsey (Chamber of Commerce), Jennie Larson (Historical Society) and Amy Onofrey (Lodi Valley Chapter) took turns highlighting things about Lodi as the group enjoyed a 1.5-mile walk around the city. Amy Onofrey had this to say about the collaboration: “It was terrific to team up, with each guide contributing their unique knowledge about the Lodi area.”
The walk started on a segment of the Ice Age Trail at Veterans Memorial Park and then passed the Lodi Canning Company. “The kids with us got a kick out of watching corn being unloaded from Lodi Canning Company trucks while we discussed Lodi’s agricultural past and present,” said Onofrey. The Lodi Historic District was also on the route. Current owners of two historic homes, Heidi LeHew and Stephanie Mayer, greeted walkers and talked about their homes, the 1855 McCloud House and the 1897 E.E. Seville House. Onofrey said the group was impressed by all the amenities and events in Lodi including the parks, community pool, Susie the Duck Day, and the variety of businesses on Main Street.
Lodi has a unique distinction as one of thirteen Trail Communities statewide and we’re fortunate to have the Ice Age Trail running right through the city. We’re also fortunate to have entities, such as the three who were involved in the Wander Lodi Walk, who are interested in working together to help raise awareness of all that there is to do and see in the Lodi area. Together, we can help more people have a positive experience as they saunter….Along the Ice Age Trail.
Patti Herman live in the City of Lodi with her husband, Bill Welch. A retired educator, Patti is glad to be living in the Lodi Valley where she is surrounded by so much natural beauty, including the beauty to be found along the Ice Age Trail.