“1,000-milers” to speak at Shawano Pathways

Dale and Penny Bernard Schaber will be guest speakers at the Shawano Pathways annual social Nov. 14 after completing a 1,000-mile trek across Wisconsin.

The Appleton couple hiked the Ice Age Trail, which follows the southernmost reach of the glacial ice that once covered Wisconsin before it retreated, carving and sculpting a distinctive look that separates the two parts of the state.

An only-in-Wisconsin experience, the Ice Age Trail is one of 11 trails in the United States to receive the National Scenic Designation from Congress because of its unique features and geological significance.

Although it’s not completed and some places are tricky to follow, more than a million people have have followed the yellow blazes that mark the the trail to hike, backpack, snowshoe and enjoy retreating to nature.

The Schabers were the 25th and 26th people to hike the entire 1,000-mile route that starts at Potawatomi State Park in Door County, goes south to Janesville, back north to Antigo and then west to the trail terminus at the Minnesota border.

The “1000-milers” will share their slides and experiences of hiking the Ice Age Trail through the state.

Dale Schaber was the founder and first president of the Fox Valley chapter of the Sierra Club. Penny Schaber represented the Appleton area District in the State Legislature for two terms.

Everyone is invited to the Shawano Pathways annual social. Registration is open until Friday. The cost is $20 for members, $22 for non-members and includes a family style dinner and program. Checks can be mailed to: P.O. Box 95, Shawano, WI 54166.

With questions, contact Nancy Brown-Koeller, Shawano Pathways president, at 715-853-6258, or visit shawanopathways.org.