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Things die down after the Birkie in Wisconsin

Every February, Hayward, Wisconsin holds the American Birkebeiner marathon.  After the event is over there is a significant drop off in interest in the area for cross-country skiing.  This is similar to the drop off in runners in Chicago after the Chicago marathon. This makes March cross-country skiing a great time to go if snow conditions permit.

The pros and cons of March cross-country skiing

The reason for this is of course two-fold.  First of all, it is seasonal and when March rolls around even many cross-country skiers are ready for spring.  It is also because snow becomes more difficult to find.  I went cross-country skiing twice in the last week.  On Monday I skied North Kettle Moraine State Forest north of Milwaukee and last Thursday I visited Mirror Lake State Park near the Wisconsin Dells.  They are 2.5 hours and 3 hours respectively from Chicago.

The photo of the week comes from the parking lot at Greenbush Recreation area in the far northern section of the Northern unit of Kettle Moraine.  Often times this parking lot is crammed with cars on weekends and even half full on other days.  This photo is not a picture of parking for the annual Traveling Ted fan club gathering, but it is a picture of the parking lot on Casimir Pulaski Day.

As is evident from the photo, I had the park to myself.  If snow can be found, March is a great time to get out and have the trails all to yourself.  I am also including two bonus pictures. The first a pine grove at Kettle Moraine North and the second from Mirror Lake. Enjoy March cross-country skiing.

March cross-country skiing

March cross-country skiing in Wisconsin


March cross-country skiing

March cross-country skiing in South Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin


March cross-country skiing

March cross-country skiing in Mirror Lake

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