It was mid-January, time for the Hoofer Outing Club's annual cross-country ski trip in northern Wisconsin. The club has been coming to Delta Lodge each winter for the last thirty years. This was my fourth Delta Lodge trip, and as usual, it was a great time.
We skied at After Hours and Valhalla (some also went to Ashwabay or Copper Falls), ate some amazing meals cooked from scratch, played cards, took sauna, and engaged in general merriment. There was far more snow than last year, which made for some exciting navigation of ungroomed trails. At one point we found a bump in the snow that turned out to be a picnic table.
The highlight of the trip for me was the Apostle Islands sea caves. Normally you can only visit these caves from a boat during summer. But for the first time in five years, the caves are accessible in winter, by walking on frozen Lake Superior. I'll make a separate blog post to show off these dazzling formations.
We ended our weekend with a visit to the Delta Diner, which opened early just for us. The food was plentiful and delicious, as usual. What an amazing tradition the Hoofers have!