A quiet calm marked the Silent Night Hike

Information and photos submitted by Steve Papke

On a crisp, starry bright Wednesday night in December, the Big Canoe Hiking Club gathered for one of their most enchanting and meaningful hikes of the year – the annual Silent Night Hike. Thirty-four hikers took the 30-minute walk on the Jeep Trail to the Lower Falls in total silence. Not a word was spoken. 

When finally reaching the falls, the sweet carol Silent Night was sung after which folks chatted through masks and made their way back to sharing a drink in the parking lot. Usually, the club has a potluck to welcome the holidays, but that old COVID bug put a stop to that tradition. 

Walking through the woods at night is a thrilling experience as the sounds of the forest carries a much different tune. Particularly interesting is the roar of rushing streams which serenades the hikers on their silent trek.

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