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play around town These Trails Were Made for Hiking Ah, summertime hikes. Warm air, blue skies and the smell of…the city? Oh yes. Whether you’re looking for a quick, peaceful stroll or a day-long adventure, fi nd a selection of trails to explore right in town If you’ve got 15 minutes... You don’t have to hike far to accomplish a lot. For east-siders, the mile long trail at Elvehjem Sanctuary in Elvehjem Park offers a relaxing hike. West-siders can take refuge in several green spaces including Hoyt Park and its little patch of forest or Stricker’s Pond just off Gammon Road, where you can hike a mile-long trail through wetlands. For a chance to glimpse a fl ower that only blooms until June, head to the Heritage Sanctuary on the east side in mid-May and you’ll arrive just in time to see the white petals of trillium fl owers open. If you’ve got an hour... With more time to spare, immerse your- self in a voyage through Owen Conser- vancy Park overlooking the west side or in the picturesque meadows of Middleton’s Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Just off the Beltline on the south side, you can also fi nd a three-mile trail in Turville Point Conservation Park, where you can listen to the calming sound of Lake Mendota and get a glimpse of blooming wildfl owers, the perfect antidote to workday stress. If you’ve got all day... When you’re yearning for an all-day excur- sion, the somewhat-wild expanse of land inside the UW Arboretum is an obvious pick. Take the day to roam the Arboretum’s miles of trails and you’ll fi nd plenty of op- portunities for bird watching or enjoying peace and quiet. For an even more rustic adventure, take a trek down the Ice Age Trail. A thousand mile-long trail snaking through Wisconsin, you can jump on from the southwest side of Madison and head either north or south as far as your feet can take you. Chocolate Gelatini PIZZERIA, RISTORANTE & WINE LOUNGE 1828 Parmenter Street, Middleton 608.833.0033 • Open 11am - 10pm Daily 66 Martini & Wine Bar NOW OPEN! 3-Course Meal • Gourmet Pizza • Pastas BRAVA Magazine May 2011

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