Richard Bong SRA (Blue Trail)

Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Wolf Lake from the blue trail

The Milwaukee/Chicago corridor isn’t known much for it’s hiking, but luckily a shorty drive from my home west of I-94 provides a small glimpse of wilderness.  Shockingly though, aside from one brief disaster of a camping trip in 4th grade Boy Scouts, I have never hiked here.  The Dude can no longer abide.  On an … Read more Richard Bong SRA (Blue Trail)

Belleville Spillway

Belleville Spillway - Common Water Snake on rocks near falls

Final stop from Memorial Weekend day trip was the spillway at Belleville Community Park. I thought it had an actual waterfall for my checklist but I read incorrectly – this is an all man-made spillway.  Oh well, still kinda neat. Best part was the extraordinarily friendly & social snakes (northern water snake, Nerodia sipedon).  These little … Read more Belleville Spillway

Big Spring Creek Cascades

Big Spring Creek Cascades - View from above

Big Spring Creek in the small town of Highland, Wisconsin contains a fantastic cascades/waterfall just a short hike from the parking area.  Also goes by the name of Big Spring Branch waterfall and other variations.  This creek is well known for class I/II trout fishing, and the spring itself is fed from an underground river. … Read more Big Spring Creek Cascades

Tennyson Falls

Tennyson Falls

Waterfall checklist time.  Continuing the trend of underwhelming destinations my next stop was Tennyson Falls.  This small waterfall is located on private property (County Road O about 1.5 miles east of Hwy 61 in Tennyson, WI; look south across bridge) and barely visible due to tree cover. Even zoomed in using my bigger camera lens … Read more Tennyson Falls

Nelson Dewey State Park

Nelson Dewey State Park - Mississippi River in the distance

The plan for today was just a quick daytrip with short hikes.  After Belmont Mount was a bust, I tried my luck next at Nelson Dewey State Park.  Just picked up a new Forester so any good excuse for a drive will do. Much like Belmont Mound, this site only has about 2 miles of … Read more Nelson Dewey State Park

Belmont Mound State Park

Belmont Mound State Park - Observation tower views

Had some free time on Memorial Day weekend for a short day trip.  Decided to head southwest and start at Belmont Mound State Park.  This is a small park & State Natural Area operated by the local Lions Club. Main feature is an observation tower that still stands but has been permanently closed by the DNR … Read more Belmont Mound State Park

Bigfoot Beach State Park #optoutside

Bigfoot Beach State Park - Trout fishing area

I’m posting out of order today in honor of the #optoutside movement started by REI to encourage people to skip the evil that is Black Friday shopping and instead get outdoors.  Luckily today in Wisconsin we had a mini heat wave and tied record highs around 65 degrees which made it an easy choice! Before … Read more Bigfoot Beach State Park #optoutside

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park - Lime Kiln Trail

Woke up Saturday morning and decided to take a drive.  My main goal was to scout land for the upcoming deer season in the Appleton/Green Bay area.  High Cliff State Park was near enough for my overnight base camp allowing me to also check off another WI state park.  I hastily threw together a backpack and … Read more High Cliff State Park

Rocky Arbor State Park

Rocky Arbor State Park

Last stop for my short weekend trip on 8/5/17 was Rocky Arbor State Park.  It’s one of the smaller parks (244 acres) and is sandwiched in between busy highways I-94 and Hwy 12.  It can be easily hiked in an hour or two with features including rock bluffs and a variety of plant life. I took … Read more Rocky Arbor State Park

Tower Hill State Park

Tower Hill State Park - Forest View

After leaving Governor Dodge State Park, I lost cell service (PS – Sprint is no bueno in WI), so I busted out the paper road atlas and picked the nearest destination.  This time it happened to be Tower Hill State Park.  I didn’t know anything about it beforehand but discovered the original purpose was for … Read more Tower Hill State Park