This past Friday I invited six students to join my family in a stroll through the Sylvania Wilderness Area to Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. Knowing that the hike would last through supper time, we phoned ahead so that pizza would be waiting for us at T.J. Grizzlies. Hiking the 6.7 mile route took about two and one half hours. We followed trails on the Conserve School campus and then bushwhacked around Big Bateau Lake to Cub Lake. For the bushwhacking portion I gave a compass to Logan along with maps to students and let them find the way. We picked up a trail at Cub Lake that we followed into town. After consuming two large pizzas (one vegetarian and one sausage/pepperoni) we walked 200 yards further for dessert at the Dari-Maid Drive In. At that point, tired and full, we made use of one of Conserve School’s Sprinter vans that I had left at T.J. Grizzlies earlier in the day and drove back to campus. A good time was definitely had by all!
One of the wonderful things about working at a Semester School is that twice a year I have the opportunity to share my favorite things about Land O’ Lakes with a new group of talented young adults. They always thank me, but in reality I think I get more out of the exchange because there is a special magic in watching an appreciation for things you love being born in someone else’s heart.
Head of School