Thanksgiving advice from the Guthries: Sing real loud
By Steve Hill
As we move into the holiday season during a year marked by distinctly uncharitable activities, perhaps it’s a good time to get outdoors and strike up a tune.
In case anyone’s looking for suggestions, here are two: Pope Lake State Natural Area and Arlo Guthrie’s iconic “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”
I cued up Arlo on the stereo early this year, as I’ve had to struggle more to feel grateful. It’s not that I’m lacking for anything much, except maybe enough hope and optimism for the future – but there’s a difference between knowing that things are fine and fearing, with good reason, that some of life’s best gifts may disappear like a senator’s scruples down at the ol’ Pork Barrel Café.
Now, some readers might think that Arlo and Alice have nothing to do with Pope Lake, but they do. Besides, Woody says so.
More on Woody later, but for now, on to the hiking.
I recently visited a favorite Portage County spot and got acquainted with a new one. Frequent hiking buddy Chris Sadler and I headed out to the Emmons Creek Barrens, a state natural area that brings up the tail end of the non-road sections of the Ice Age Trail in the county, for a late-morning jaunt, followed by a visit to the Pope Lake in the early afternoon.
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