Rock Island State Park – Astrophotography

Rock Island State Park - Astrophotography

Took a short “nap” after sunset and woke again around 11:30pm.  Hiked back to the area north of the boathouse for astro photos.  Developing these has taught me some interesting lessons for 2019 but wish I had more chances to play last year.  Unfortunately this is the single best image from about 1-2 hours of … Read more Rock Island State Park – Astrophotography

Rock Island State Park – Part 2

Rock Island State Park – Boathouse as the sun falls below the horizon

Part 2 of my visit to Rock Island State Park.  You can view Part 1 here and Part 3 will be coming soon.  Buckle up, this is a long post but worth it (in my opinion).  Here we go! (Don’t forget to click on photos for a larger view with more detail!) Thordarson Trail After … Read more Rock Island State Park – Part 2

Rock Island State Park – Part 1

Rock Island State Park - Taking the Karfi ferry

Breakfast on Washington Island was over.  I packed my backpack with enough gear for one night and took a ferry to Rock Island State Park at the farthest end of the Door Peninsula before it changes over to the UP.  I’m splitting this into several posts because I took tons of pictures – stay tuned … Read more Rock Island State Park – Part 1

Washington Island – Breakfast Stop

Washington Island - Barkräm Pankaka at Sunset Resort

Left Newport State Park and made a beeline for the ferry to Washington Island.  Spent a few hours driving around the island just taking in the scenery.  Not many photos to share other than these fantastic Barkräm Pankaka I ate for breakfast at the Sunset Resort. What’s a Barkräm Pankaka?  Icelandic pancakes that are delicious. … Read more Washington Island – Breakfast Stop

Newport State Park – Astrophotography

Newport State Park - Astrophotography

This is the moment I drove across the state for.  New camera lens, dark skies, clear weather.  Time to glimpse into outer space. (Reminder: Click each image for a larger full-screen view, best seen on a large PC monitor) My first viewpoint was right on the beach at Europe Bay.  I saw more people here … Read more Newport State Park – Astrophotography

Ellison Bluff County Park

Ellison Bluff County Park - Staircase leading down to cliff's edge

Had a few hours until dark after setting up camp at Newport State Park and decided to head back into town & check out the area.  While driving back down Hwy 42 I saw signs for Ellison Bluff County Park and noticed it was located off the western coast – directly where the sun was … Read more Ellison Bluff County Park

Newport State Park

Newport State Park - Sunrise over Europe Bay

Two days of driving, camping and hiking have brought me from the farthest western point in Wisconsin to the farthest eastern point.  Home for tonight is Newport State Park in the Door Peninsula.  Now why in the world would I make such a stupid drive rather than staying in one spot?  Well, the new moon … Read more Newport State Park

Hayman Falls

Hayman Falls - View upstream from the main falls

Still driving eastbound to my next campsite, I ended up in Shawano County and located Hayman Falls County Park.  On arrival I didn’t know any better so I parked at the small pullout next to the entrance sign – if you visit here keep driving & park in the main gravel lot near the party … Read more Hayman Falls

Little Falls (Little Falls, WI)

Little Falls (Little Falls, Wisconsin)

Just down the road from Big Falls and still on the Little Wolf River, there is another “waterfall” aptly named Little Falls.  This is located in Waupaca County in an area sometimes labeled as a “town” but only consists of the Little Falls Tavern (by Wisconsin criteria this is fitting – if you got booze, … Read more Little Falls (Little Falls, WI)

Big Falls (Big Falls, WI)

Big Falls - View from the bottom

Woke early to get started on a decent bit of driving today.  First stop on the way – you guessed it, another waterfall!  This time it’s Big Falls in the town of Big Falls, Wisconsin (with a whopping 2010 census population of 61!).  This one is super easy to access by parking at the hydroelectric house. … Read more Big Falls (Big Falls, WI)