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

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

2020 Elk Hunt @ New Mexico Gila Wilderness

Looking north across Snow Lake from the Continental Divide Trail

Finally I had arrived in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness! It was a long drive and I completely underestimated how long the final stretch would take but I made it in one piece. Had to take a few glamour shots of the new-to-me Toyota Tacoma that handled the terrain like a champ. These photos were at … Read more

Capulin Volcano National Monument [Failed]

Capulin Volcano National Monument

My final stop before reaching the Gila Wilderness was at Capulin Volcano National Monument, a large extinct cinder cone volcano that you can drive up to in Capulin, New Mexico. My only mistake was stopping at the entrance sign to get these two photos. Trucks for scale. See that red truck in the first image? … Read more

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site - Stone Arch Entrance Sign

Getting closer to New Mexico and the miles are flying by. Needed another distraction on a rather boring drive in SE Colorado. Interestingly enough I stopped at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site which has connections to my last stop at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Gaining access is quite easy – just park … 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