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Hikers Enjoy Outing at Parrish Hills, Erect Interpretive Marker

October 26, 2016

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

Twenty-one hikers enjoyed a warm fall hike on the Parrish Hills segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail earlier this month. They also observed a ribbon cutting ceremony of an interpretative marker which tells a tale about a vanished trail landmark along the segment in northwest Langlade County.

The landmark, an old pickup truck abandoned before the chapter’s first hike on the segment in 1975, mysteriously vanished from the scene sometime in 2011. The local trail chapter thought a marker would be an appropriate way to replace the truck’s role as a landmark plus tell the story of the vanished vehicle.

Don Belanger crafted the wooden marker including shelter to house the tale of the wayward landmark. Another chapter volunteer, Lee Auner, hauled the impressive marker to the former truck site and installed it last year.

Plans were made to have a ceremony on the chapter’s observance hike of National Trails Day this month. Both volunteers responsible for the marker and its placement along the trail were present to witness the ribbon cutting by chapter chairman Dave Tlusty and receive words of appreciation from their fellow hikers.

Don Belanger and Lee Auner at the blue truck marker with Dennis Pukall,
a 2016 recipient of the chapter's 40th Anniversary Hiker patch.

The Langlade Ice Age Trail Chapter is one of twenty-two local volunteer groups affiliated with the Ice Age Trail Alliance based at Cross Plains to develop, maintain and promote Wisconsin’s only national scenic trail. Information on becoming a chapter volunteer is available at or contact Joe Jopek, chapter coordinator.

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