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City: Green Bay
State: WI
Country: USA
Begins: May 11, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 13th, 2011
Start: Detention Dam
End: Columbus Map 05 1/4 mile N of Point 6
Trip Distance: 18.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 253
Journal Visits: 6,908
Guestbook Views: 385
Guestbook Entrys: 12

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Day 2 of the Retry

Enter into the remains of Ft. Cummings after 1 1/2 hrs of walking. Just being at this site is a big event for me. I see the stone wall encompassing three sides of the old compound. Walls are intricately interlaced with rock and stone to provide protection and now a visual outline of this outpost. Trees grow scattered about the inner yard and now provide welcome shade and a spot to reflect on such questions as: Did the earlier soldiers have uniforms other than wool...I hope so! Why did they chose this location...it seems to be an exposed target from surrounding hills? Water must have been available then but where is it now? Would soldiers be simply transferred to this assignment or volunteer? Did they use tactics as we do now such as...listening posts, conduct of aggressive patrolling? How many soldiers were stationed at this garrison? How long was a typical duty assignment? Were buildings constructed here or did they use tents? How was the fort arranged inside? Will check on history books later. The trail brought me to the near by cemetery. I photographed the descriptive sign which may serve as a summary for some of the history here. I missed the first turn north after leaving the fort. I sought to intersect the trail when backtracking but water became more the predominant issue so I focused on the Hyatt Ranch house. With but 1/2 liter remaining, I humbly knocked on the door and was greeted by Mrs. Hyatt, a wonderfully gracious and hospitable lady who immediately offered a pitcher of cold water, a shaded seat, bean soup, apple, candy bar and a glass of orange juice. With 100 + temps, this became a life saving respite. Her son soon pulled in and unloaded three horses from the trailer. He had been checking and feeding their beef stock which is fighting the heat and diminishing natural range feed. He invited me into his adjacent ranch home where he printed maps from his computer with the lat and long bearings of several upcoming key locations. I had the pleasure of meeting his wife, Sandy, and granddaughter Brooklyn, just woken from her nap. We drove to a nearby knoll where he pointed to the next well and a possible short cut. What a great family: supportive, friendly and kind. I left the Hyatt Ranch inspired by their hospitality and carried a good supply of ice water that would hold me to the next well.
Used compass and GPS to locate the well identified as number 6 on Ley's Columbus map 05. This well was pumping clear, cool water from an easily accessible pipe. I camped about 1/4 mile north just out of sound range of the well's generator. Saw lightning along the southern sky and actually felt several rain drops so I put up the tent. Alas, no rain.

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