Winter Into Spring, an incredible album of piano solos performed by George Winston which was released on Windham Hill Records, has been on heavy rotation given the recent seasonal shift that mirrors it's title. With the temperature nearing fifty degrees, I decided to venture out to the nearby Sacred Grove, a non-denominational "spiritual ground" on a plot of land previously owned by Bobcat Dan himself. I had garnered from talking to Mel that Sacred Grove and the land it resides on, now owned by a nearby family, had caused a recent controversy with the local Christian contingency for offering loincloth only burials on their premesis.
As I hiked through the trail into the woods towards the Meditation Garden, which contained a few stone benches alongside a statue of Buddah, I passed some antique Wisconsin farming artifacts before reeaching the Labrynth, a sixty by sixty foot slightly raised platform of earth within a clearing of trees, on top of which sits a symmetrical maze pattern of rocks. Nearby, I discovered a guest book, in which I penned my impression of the tranquility there, only after reading a handful of entries from prior guests, some having visited just a few days ago.
With no one else in sight, I naturally wandered around until I encountered a small cabin with an accompanying outhouse in the deepest part of the trail. It was about ten by ten feet and contained two single bunk beds, a heater, a small countertop with an electric griddle and water container fixed above the sink area as the cabin was without running water. I was able to open the door which accessed the screened in porch where I sat down for a bit, enjoying the beautiful silence and placidity of the northwoods.