The sleep at Lake Kegonsa State Park in Wisconsin was short but good. Unfortunately, upon morning greetings with the dogs, I found a lump on Brychwyn's head that was yet another attached (but dying) tick. I also noticed Wilhelm chewing at his foot and found an attached tick there too. Arg! We had finally crawled into the tent at midnight, after a brief walk just around our mowed campsite. I am doing my best to avoid and find ticks but I think I now understand why all of the dogs we have seen these last few days have been very short haired breeds like weimaraners and German short haired pinchers. I am determined to get the hang of this tick thing. This region is beautiful, lot's of dogs live and thrive here, I just need to get used to sharing the trails with these bugs and help the dogs healthily cope.
This forest in Wisconsin sounded like a jungle! There were so many singing birds and croaking frogs that I could not specifically identify any one call. It was just a wonderful symphony of North American forest sounds. Obviously, all of the commotion outside the tent, made the dogs want out into it as early as possible. I agreed and we pleasantly shared the entire hike with all the singing, early rising forest critters, passing only one person and his very short haired dog. I knew in my research, that there was a pet friendly beach on Lake Kegonsa. Because the Nomad who knows how to read often does not do so before her coffee, it took us a while to follow the signs to the pet friendly beach. A hike is a hike, though, no matter where it lands us and we had a lovely time.