Follow author Melanie Radzicki McManus along on her thrilling, trying, and triumphant 1,100-mile thru hike of the Ice Age Trail. With prose that is alternately harrowing and humorous, McManus takes her own "into-the-wild" Ice Age experience through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, farms, and far-flung small towns and through her encounters with wildlife, injured feet, an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear and the history of the still-developing national scenic trail itself.
Melanie Radzicki McManus has been a news reporter at a Green Bay radio station, a press secretary at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and editor of two Wisconsin publications. Since 1994, McManus has worked as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in travel and fitness. She has won numerous awards for her writing, most notably the prestigious Lowell Thomas Gold and Grand Awards for travel journalism.