We took a lot of pictures on our research hike to Ben Gile in 2013. Not all of them could make it into the original post, but two years later, with the book release right around the corner… why not throw a few potentially embarrassing shots out there?
Dina and our trail dog, Mr. Tripp.
It’s like they knew I was coming, but misspelled my name.
Ryan dropping some cattail knowledge on me.
Balance beam flashbacks, Dina?
There were a lot of selfies.
A very intense Mr. Tripp.
Selfie overlooking the bog. You can see in my eyes how excited I was to finally arrive at this place after more than fifteen years since my last visit.
A little love and encouragement before our brook crossing.
Approaching the bog.
Bog approach selfie.
The access trail we completely missed.
Access trail approaching the pond.
Very excited. Food was probably involved.
Mr. Tripp gazing out over Ben Gile.
Mountain Man Ryan.
He’s feelin’ it.
Shot from the peninsula. Someone’s old boat chained up on the shore.
We found a lot of cans and other trash. This was the most modern packaging of them all.
Discarded fishing supplies.
Wild mushrooms. Death is delicious.
Old Milwaukee can — this sucker made it into the book.
They don’t make ’em like this anymore. That’s some heavy, sturdy aluminum.
Pretty sure this once touched my grandfather’s lips.
Michelob. Did any craft beer exist back then? I could never live in a world of such pervasive pilsner.
Fetching water to extinguish our fire.
Back on the trail — Ryan in his element with Mr. Tripp trotting beside him.
Me and Ryan and our fearless trail dog.
Zero bar selfie!
“Fresh Water from Ben Gile Pond” will be available from Lucky Bat Books on all formats Labor Day 2015.