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UPDATE: Ford, Diggins reach mile 300 in Ice Age Trail quest

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WISCONSIN-- We checked in with Duluthian Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins as they enter day 22 of their 1,200-mile journey through Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail to St. Croix Falls.

"Everything's going great. Diggins and I are doing pretty well. She's over in the corner taking a nap right now, or else I would have her say hello. We're just chugging along," said Ford in her video.

So far, the two are 300 miles in according to Ford's Facebook. They are clipping along at the bottom of Wisconsin and should turn north fairly soon.

The total footpath will be 1,200 miles, crossing 31 counties within 70 days.

Tuesday, Ford and Diggins have a much needed zero day planned saying, "we just need a rest day."

She added the two are healthy and strong.

"We are tucked away in the woods in a lovely wood heated out building. Hiking will resume on Wednesday."

Ford seems to be enjoying the scenery and soaking up any sun she can! She asks that you continue to get outside, enjoy the outdoors, respect the earth, and she'll hopefully be done in a month and a half.


LUTSEN, MN -- This winter, one Duluthian is training for a major hike in the elements.

Head gardner of the Glensheen Mansion and long-distance backpacker Emily Ford is getting ready to take on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin.

In total, the footpath is approximately 1,200 miles long and crosses through 31 counties.

After years of hiking experience and months of planning, Ford shared her excitement with us before a training session in Lutsen, Minnesota.

"I'm very excited. I'm not too worried about the temperature. Our winter has been pretty mild, so far," said Ford.

Joining her on the trip is "Diggins," a sled dog being borrowed from the Beatty Family Farm in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Ford expects Diggins to keep her motivated and on-track during the lengthy adventure.

The two plan on starting their journey on Monday, Dec. 28, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Fords hopes the pair can reach St. Croix Falls in just 70 days.

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