You and your family will have a far better time visiting the Three Ponds area than John Stinson did. Nearly 250 years ago, Stinson (for whom the nearby lake and mountain were named) was captured and scalped here by the Native American tribe of St. Francis. Thankfully, your only pursuers will be springtime blackflies. Before the hike, take the kids to the library and study up on the types of vegetation (like hobblebush and marsh fern) that grow in damp, boggy areas.
As you hike, see how many of these species you encounter. Notice how the active beavers have affected the vegetation growth by rerouting water. If you enjoyed exploring Lake Solitude, you’re sure to appreciate the remote beauty of the Three Ponds (actually, there are four ponds). Waterproof footgear will make the soggy going more fun.
© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.