It was “All Hands On Deck!” at Mirror Lake State Park on Saturday evening for their annual candlelight hike/ski/snowshoe! With temps pushing into the 30s and the first measurable snow of the year on the ground, cars were lined up out onto the road and parking lots were packed. As crazy as it looked like it was going to be, it was really just the opposite, just another wonderful, fun winter event at Mirror Lake State Park.
As we hiked the well groomed and torchlit trails, we couldn’t help but think about the effort that had to have been put in behind the scenes to pull off this and other events each season. Not to mention the ability to quickly adapt to the bigger than usual crowds.
We saw a large number of friends group members and their families, and park staff, including the park manager and park superintendent, all rolling up their sleeves (As best you can in winter weather!) and doing their part to make everyone feel welcome. From manning the sticker window to picking up the trash, everyone was doing their part to be good hosts. (And thanks to the guy who held a flashlight while I strapping my snowshoes back on!!) The Friends of Mirror Lake State Park, staff, rangers and administrators set a good example of how everyone has to pull together to create such great state park events for the communities and the state they serve. They show a lot of pride in their park and their community.
And I want to give a special shout out to Ryder Will, the nearly-new superintendent of Mirror Lake State Park & Becky Green, the park manager, for getting their hands right in there and leading from the front. It is noticed and appreciated.
For more pictures from the event check out the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park’s Facebook Page.
If you missed this event, you can come to Devil’s Lake State Park on Saturday, February 21 from 6pm to 9pm for DLK’s next Candlelight Snowshoe event put on by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. Click Here for Details.