Message in a Bottle, SHT-style
You gotta love the support and helping hands offered by hikers and runners to their brethren on the Trail.
Here’s a signal, scratched out on a scrap of paper weighted down by rocks, for hikers to know where to cross Hwy. 61 when exiting the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, just east of Gooseberry Falls State Park, where we have detoured the SHT pending the building of a new route in that area.
Maybe we were optimistic in believing we wouldn’t need this detour very long and haven’t kept up with signage. But we got the hint from this sign’s author that we need something out there: there are now posts on the Gitchee Gami and across Hwy. 61, on Blueberry Hill Road, indicating where the detour continues to the main SHT.
(Bonus points and kudos for anyone who can tell us what is a bit odd about these two signposts.)
In this photo, we assume the hiker Zaneta caught up with her party and had a fine day on the SHT. In these days of instant wireless communication, there’s something reassuring about a hand-written note pinned to the ground with a stick. This message was definitely sent with five bars.