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Timm's Hill, Highest Point in Wisconsin, August 2008

Day 1 – The Late Drive North
The trip began at 4:15pm, not too late but I wish I could have gotten away sooner.  The roads were packed with all the regular Labor Day yahoos clogging down the roads, driving with complete disregard for common courtesy much less common sense.  I drove and drove and drove weaving through the hulking vehicular landmines strewn across MY road.  Without realizing the passing of time my clock was blinking 2am and I had pushed deep through the clogged arteries of the cheese state, Wisconsin.  Feeling rather sleepy, I pulled into a rest area and slept like a trucker for the night.

Day 2 – Two Highpoints
Morning comes early when you are sleeping curled up in the front seat of a car.  By 6:30 I had completed my morning activities and was on my way.  A yummy apple Pop Tart and a Starbuck coffee fueled me along the way as the high octane unleaded regularly pushed my speedometer passed 95mph.  The roads were empty this early in the day, a welcome change from the cluster fest I had experienced the night before. 

The directions to the county park entrance were not well publicized online and where curiously missing from my computer map.  I found a do not enter sign proudly displaying the park hours and decided I would be hiking from here on out.  I parked the car, grabbed my camera gear and was on my way in mere seconds.  I had driven a long way and was eager to stretch my legs from here to the top.

Cross-county ski trails zigzagged across the road before I finally reached what was clearly a parking area.  Damn!  I hadn’t driven far enough around the previous road to find the park entrance and instead had parked by the exit.  I consoled myself with the thought of how badly the exercise was needed.

From here the wide gravel trail gently switched back and forth, up a hill, through a densely populated forest.  A mere 300 yards later, I was on the summit of Tim’s Hill.  My challenge was not yet complete.  Upon the summit stands not one, but two watch towers.  An older wooden tower with comfortable stairs to the top seemed far too tame for my adventurous spirit.  Only the tallest of the two towers would do.  The climb up the metal tower was both unnerving and tiring.  The only option is to climb directly up a 100” tall ladder directly up the outside of the tower legs.  Boy was I grateful when I reached the top.

A nice Wisconsin family arrived while I was wishing my father a happy birthday on my cell phone.  They kept me company and seemed impressed with all of my mountaineering adventures.  I gave them my email address so they could access the pictures I took of them.  I sure hope they do. 

After a quick barbeque sandwich for lunch I was on my way, headed north to Michigan.  Driving, Driving, Driving.  Driving, Driving, Driving.  Thank goodness for all the wonderful scenery to keep me company.

Continued on the Michigan Highpoint page...

 

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Map of US HighPoints
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint

 

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