Big Bay State Park – Boardwalk Trail

Big Bay State Park - Boardwalk Trail

Shifting gears during the midpoint of this road trip and floating my car & camping gear to Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island.  I was getting cranky from all the driving so my first action item was to stretch out my legs and hike the Boardwalk Trail.  Originally I was going to make a … Read more Big Bay State Park – Boardwalk Trail

Joshua Tree – Belle Sunrise

Joshua Tree - Sunrise from Belle Campground

No star photos last night (overcast skies) but I did catch an awesome sunrise from camp this morning.  Not much else to say – this is what makes my trips worth the effort. After my nutritious breakfast of coffee and Pop Tarts I broke down camp and headed out for some final hiking.  Stay tuned, … Read more Joshua Tree – Belle Sunrise

Joshua Tree – Belle Campground Astrophotography

Joshua Tree - Belle Campground Astrophotography

Skies were looking a little “iffy” tonight so I just chilled at the campgrounds lazily trying for astro photos.  Early on skies were mostly clear.  No galactic core this time of year but it never gets old sitting under dark skies. (Don’t forget to click photos for detailed full-screen views!) Wispy clouds started rolling in from … Read more Joshua Tree – Belle Campground Astrophotography

Governor Thompson State Park

Governor Thompson State Park – Woods Lake

Northern Wisconsin fall colors were calling my name.  It has been too long since my last camping trip and I aimed to remedy that.  Aided by a long 3-day weekend I packed the car and headed for the forests.  Quick pitstop on the way at Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay for an elk burger … Read more Governor Thompson State Park

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

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

Pattison State Park

Pattison State Park - Little Manitou Falls

After taking the scenic route around WIS-13 and getting lost once or twice, I arrived at Pattison State Park where I camped for two nights.  The park was fairly empty due to recent strong storms that caused great damage in this area a few weeks prior, but the campgrounds themselves were in excellent shape.  Most … Read more Pattison State Park

Richard Bong SRA – June part Deux

Richard Bong - Green trail view of Wolf Lake

It’s nearly July and I haven’t taken time off longer than a weekend trip.  Gotta fix that pronto, all work and no play makes Homer something something.  With the upcoming 4th holiday week I’m packing up and leaving for a few weeks.  First step: practice run at nearby Richard Bong State Recreation Area.  I hiked … Read more Richard Bong SRA – June part Deux

Death Valley – Texas Springs Pt. 2

Death Valley - Stars over Texas Springs campground

Back at Texas Springs campground for one more night.  Tomorrow I had planned to check out a backcountry campsite but as usual plans change (more on that later).  Tent held up well until around midnight when the winds kicked up an started gusting to 40mph.  I was only able to pound 6 stakes and my … Read more Death Valley – Texas Springs Pt. 2

Death Valley – Texas Springs Campground

Death Valley - Astrophotography at Texas Springs campground

Returned to camp after watching the sunset at Zabriskie Point.  Hours of driving made me quite tired, but clear skies & views of the stars granted me a second wind.  I wasn’t getting cell service anywhere in the park except at the campground, and even then it was like 2 bars of 3G.  Still enough … Read more Death Valley – Texas Springs Campground