New Glarus Brewery

New Glarus Brewery -  Swiss-style Building

A visit to the town of New Glarus and hiking at New Glarus Woods State Park without visiting New Glarus Brewery isn’t a complete visit at all, is it? The town of New Glarus has very old Swiss heritage with many buildings crafted in that style, including the brewery’s main Hilltop location. At the entrance … Read more

Minhas Brewery Museum

Minhas Craft Brewery - Monroe, Wisconsin

After hiking New Glarus Woods State Park I had some time to kill before going home.  Stopped off at the Minhas Craft Brewery to check out their setup.  Tons of old memorabilia here in a multi-part “museum”! Minhas was founded in 1845 and is the oldest brewery in the Midwest (2nd oldest in the entire … Read more

New Glarus Woods State Park

New Glarus Woods State Park - Havenridge Nature Trail

Starting to head back towards home but had enough time to visit New Glarus Woods State Park in New Glarus, Wisconsin for a quick hike. The park is on the smaller side with only one main parking lot (camping is available here too but is small & crowded for my likings).  I started on the … Read more

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Yellowstone Lake State Park - Lake View

For this weekend’s trip I decided to stay at Yellowstone Lake State Park in Blanchardville, Wisconsin.  The park seems popular for fishing & boating but not so much for the hiking trails – time for me to figure out why. The 455-acre lake is a man-made reservoir created by damming the Yellowstone River.  I’m finding … Read more

Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area

Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area - Zander Lake Nature Trail

Next stop is Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area, another smaller state park in the Driftless Area located near Browntown, Wisconsin. The park is known for it’s two lakes – Beckman and Zander – which are man-made reservoirs created by damming up Zander Creek.  A large plaque stands at Beckman Lake detailing the efforts by the … Read more

Fenley State Recreation Area

Fenley State Recreation Area

In my quest to visit all Wisconsin State Parks I visited the relatively unknown Fenley State Recreation Area near Kieler, Wisconsin. Unfortunately there was nothing to see on this day as the Sinnipee Creek has overflowed & flooded the small dirt parking area.  Might be good for whitetail hunting due to the seclusion but doesn’t appear … Read more

Charles Mound – IL Highpoint

Charles Mound, IL - Highpoint Sign

Took a quick weekend trip at the start of June specifically to cross another highpoint off my list at Charles Mound, Illinois.  This “peak” stands at 1,235 feet above sea level and is located on private property that the owners graciously open only a few weekends a year. (IMPORTANT: If you visit please read this … Read more