October 2, 2017: This morning, I started the day with a cup of Brazilian Morgiana 17/18, Lot 428, home roasted to full city (a few snaps into second crack).
I had errands to run at Costco in Middleton, so I took a slight detour and headed to Indian Lake County Park, located in the northwest corner of Dane County. According to the calendar, fall has started, but the weather was pure summer with temps hitting 80. There are a few miles of trails, which become cross-country ski trails in the winter. The bonus is that the hiking is free, while skiing requires a $7 day pass. I chose Trail #1, which follows the perimeter of the park about three miles, passing the lake, entering the woods with some ups and downs, opening into some nice prairie, and finishing up in the woods to the parking lot.
Later that day, after dining on Costco salmon and a freshly baked baguette, Julia and I dropped Justin off at musical practice. We took the opportunity to test Julia’s new hiking poles at Gibraltar Rock.
The sun was still shining brightly when we started the hike. But when we finished around 7 p.m., it was getting dark in the woods.
There was still time for a nightcap at Fitz’s On the Lake, a bar and restaurant with an outdoor deck overlooking Lake Wisconsin. The Hacker-Pschorr Hefeweisen was the perfect way to finish off a warm night in October.