Catfish Days @ Trempealeau, WI

Trempeauleau, WI - James Allen Reed statue

While on my way back to camp at Perrot State Park, I was surprised to find a summer celebration in downtown Trempealeau, Wisconsin called the Catfish Days Festival. Nothing was waiting for me back at camp and I’ve learned to never pass up a good catfish sandwich so I stopped to check things out for … Read more Catfish Days @ Trempealeau, WI

Kinnikinnic State Park

Kinnikinnic State Park - Scenic Overlook of Kinnikinnic River Delta into St Croix River

More intermittent rain today but not enough precipitation to stop my plans. Next up was some hiking at Kinnikinnic State Park in River Falls, Wisconsin. To be honest I didn’t know much about this park before visiting but afterwards it’s easy to see why it’s a special place. From the far west parking area I … Read more Kinnikinnic State Park

Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area

Our short ferry ride across Lake Wisconsin was specifically because it’s the fastest way to reach Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area from the north.  This is also a section along the Ice Age Trail. The trail is mainly pine and cedar but has a wide variation depending on where you are.  Trails today were quite … Read more Gibraltar Rock

Ferry Bluff State Natural Area

Ferry Bluff State Natural Area - Views Across the Wisconsin River

Another quick, short hike with extremely rewarding views is at Ferry Bluff State Natural Area.  Recent rains had water levels high and bugs were mildly annoying but if you hike fast enough there’s no issue. Another view looking the other direction across the Wisconsin River.  Some of the best scenery in the state right here.  … Read more Ferry Bluff State Natural Area

Joshua Tree – Lost Palms Oasis

Joshua Tree - Lost Palms Oasis Trail

From Mastodon Peak I continued on the trail to Lost Palms Oasis.  This is an in/out trail going about 3 miles each way. The trail winds through many different types of landscape – hills, sandy washes, patches of rocks, and just about everything in between. Damages from flash flooding in October has blocked off the … Read more Joshua Tree – Lost Palms Oasis

Meyers Falls

Meyers Falls - Looking Upstream

Florence, Wisconsin is packed full of waterfalls and rapids.  From Big Bull Falls in my previous post I drove to the next river over and found 2 more in the same area.  The first of these is Meyers Falls. From the small parking area, you only have to walk down a small hill maybe a … Read more Meyers Falls

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park - Covered in Clouds

Against my best efforts today was a bit of a bust.  Yesterday I got caught in a speed trap in Carlsbad which requires a mandatory court appearance (seriously?!).  Delayed my morning and ruined any chance of a decent hike.  I’m not a fan of this town and don’t plan to return.  Back on the road … Read more Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls - Main Falls

Climbed out from Carlsbad Caverns with enough daylight left for long-shot destinations.  Where am I headed next?  Upwards into the mountains a bit in search of places less traveled.  Clouds were getting moody and threatening rain – not much fell, but the backdrop they provided was fantastic. Sitting Bull Falls If you follow this blog, … Read more Sitting Bull Falls

2011 Las Cruces, NM Vacation

Visited my family in Las Cruces, New Mexico back in October 2011 and had a blast!  Here are some photos of our adventures for your enjoyment.  Will update the captions and such at some point in the future if I get the time! White Sands National Monument Prehistoric Trackways National Monument National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento … Read more 2011 Las Cruces, NM Vacation