HAMBURG – The newly formed Friends of Waubonsie State Park served up a warm welcome for the First Day Hike on New Year’s Day.
About 80 people took two or one-mile hikes on undeveloped trails through the bluffs and returned to a warm meal at the Wa-Shawtee lodge.
David Carter of Randolph said the group was formed out of the Hometown Pride movement in each of Fremont County’s towns. Representatives of each town were invited to carry the community betterment momentum to the park.
Carter: “Just doing some clean up work and they’ve got some signage that we’re going to help fund. You know, just anywhere the DNR comes up short with funds or there’s a project that maybe isn’t top of their priorities but other people think it is, we’re going to try and help support that.”
He said the group’s priority for 2019 is raising funds, which include T-shirt and some sort of firewood sales.
It was 12 degrees outside when hikers departed for the lodge on Tuesday, but there were no wounds at trail’s end that a warm bowl of Superintendent Matt Moles’ chili could not cure.