North Bend Falls (2021)

North Bend Falls - Lower Falls from the air

Quick stop in the small town of North Bend, Wisconsin to visit North Bend Falls which are easily accessible to everyone by parking just off the shoulder on Hwy 54 (just don’t trespass on private, mmkay?). Right from the road you can see the larger upper falls on Mill Creek and the remaining old dam … Read more

Amundson Park Falls

Amundson Park Falls - View from downstream

Starting off 4th of July this year at the small Amundson Park in Sparta, Wisconsin to check out a small waterfall. The park isn’t very large but it does have amenities for hiking, biking, a dog park, and an archery range amongst other recreation activities. Only about 100 yards from the parking lot the gravel … Read more

Kayaking at Mirror Lake State Park

Kayaking at Mirror Lake State Park

While in The Dells area I checked out a couple waterfall spots but many of the water sources feeding smaller falls are dried up right now. Rather than waste my whole day, I headed to Mirror Lake State Park and got my kayak on the water. Main goal was to test out a new PFD … Read more

Art In The Park 2021

Art In The Park - Various arts and crafts for sale

Independence Day weekend was less eventful for me than in past years but at the last minute I hit the road with a handful of supplies and my kayak. Starting off the abbreviated trip at Art In The Park in Lodi, Wisconsin. Arts & craft fairs are okay but not my normal scene – why … Read more

2021 WI Turkey Hunting (Governor Dodge State Park)

Sun behind clouds while hunting/hiking near Old Orchard Pass trail area

After getting shutout at Yellowstone Wildlife Area I decided to try my luck at Governor Dodge State Park which is only about a 30 minute drive away. I saved a screenshot to show how the temperatures were screwing with me – weather was unseasonably warm except for this weekend. Low temps on Sunday morning were downright … Read more

2021 WI Turkey Hunting (Yellowstone Wildlife Area)

Turkeys on a private farm area while road scouting

After a long winter lockdown courtesy of COVID-19, I was able to awake from hibernation, get fully vaccinated, and go hunting for turkey in late April. Based on last year I headed right back to Yellowstone Lake State Park / Yellowstone Wildlife Area in the southwestern region of the state known as the Driftless Area. … Read more

Mogollon, New Mexico

Mogollon, NM – Welcome To Mogollon N.M. Ghost Town

After locating zero elk from the north side of 16B we packed up camp & decided to move southward to check other areas. Heading west on NM-159 there’s a cool little mining ghost town called Mogollon, New Mexico. Evidence of the old mining operations are scattered about town and include mine/cave entries like this one … Read more

Mount Sunflower

Mount Sunflower - Sunset at the Highest Point In Kansas

Final stop today and last stop in Kansas for this leg of the journey. Once again I ended up in the middle of nowhere but exactly where I planned to be. Checking off another highpoint at Mount Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas at 4,039 feet above sea level. Fun fact: also not a mountain. … Read more

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site - First Baptist Church

A little less than 100 miles from my last stop I made a point to visit Nicodemus National Historic Site in Nicodemus Township, Kansas. Why? Nicodemus is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction period. Quite simply, this is a living & breathing town that irrefutably proves Black lives and … Read more

Homestead National Historical Park

Homestead National Historical Park - George Palmer cabin exterior

Sometimes visiting a place leaves you angry, upset, but ultimately glad it exits as a record of horrible things from the past. That’s pretty much how I felt after visiting Homestead National Monument today on a dreary and gray-skied morning in Beatrice, Nebraska. [Update: It appears the name has changed now to Homestead National Historic … Read more