WI June ’23 Off-Roading

WI June ’23 Off-Roading

Joined up with some friends from the Tacoma World forums for a quick weekend trip. Started by camping near Mountain, WI in the National Forest. Weather was excellent and bugs were not bad at all for this time of year. Didn’t take too many photos because we were just enjoying the drive. Tried to sneak … Read more

Silver Lake Kayak Lap (July ’22)

Sunset while paddling Silver Lake in a Dagger Alchemy 14.0L kayak

Came across a good deal for a used kayak that seems to fit my needs. Wasn’t expecting this and I wasn’t even actively looking for another kayak but sometimes when things fall together like this you have to jump on the opportunity. Drove down to Evanston, Illinois and made a deal. It’s a 2014 Dagger … Read more

Three Foot Falls Rd 517: Success?

Three Foot Falls Rd 517 - Small rapids along North Branch Pike River

Camped last night at Twelve Foot Falls park and the neighbor’s bonfire nearly smoked me out. Needless to say I was up early and ready to head out. First stop today is at the end of County Forest Road 517 to hopefully settle the score and finally locate the elusive (or completely non-existent) Three Foot … Read more

Lac Lawrann Conservancy

Lac Lawrann Conservancy - Sandhill cranes hiking with me along the Railroad Spur Trail

Last stop of the day was at the Lac Lawrann Conservancy, a 145-acre nature preserve in West Bend, Wisconsin. I had no idea what to expect but came to find this is quite a hidden gem for a county park. According to the signs it was purchased by Lawrence and Ann Maurin in 1955 as … Read more

Regner Park Rapids [Fail?]

Regner Park in West Bend, Wisconsin - Low water means rapids are gone

Quick stop on my way home from “up north” at Regner Park in West Bend, Wisconsin to see if I can find some small rapids. I parked on Silverbrook Drive and walking just past the baseball diamonds it’s not difficult to find. Sadly though the rapids are all but gone due to low water levels … Read more

Willow Rapids

Willow Rapids/Falls aerial view

Making my way home on the short summer weekend wedding trip and stopped off at Willow Rapids in Lynne/Tripoli, Wisconsin. These are a bit off the beaten path but fairly easy to access from gravel forest roads. Today is incredibly sunny and bright making any reasonable efforts at quality photography a total loss, but I’ll … Read more

Cedar Falls (2021)

Cedar Falls - Aerial view from drone

Late July of ’21 my cousin got married near Wausau and it was the perfect opportunity for a short weekend camping trip. Weather was surprisingly mild for this time of year and temps were only in the high 70’s / low 80’s making it very pleasant. It didn’t take long before deciding that I would … Read more

Cazenovia Memorial Park

Cazenovia Dam & Spillway - View from road bridge

Final stop on this weekend’s trip is Cazenovia Dam & Spillway. I don’t often visit man-made spillways but this one has a unique shape so I figured why not? Best views from above would be from the dam walkway but there are KEEP OFF DAM signs so I passed on that today. Walking down the … Read more

Rock Falls (Under Re-Construction)

Rock Falls (Under Re-Construction)

Made a very short stop at Rock Falls, Wisconsin to see what was supposed to be Rock Falls. Sadly, the bridge is currently under re-construction and it isn’t possible to safely access the area. I had no idea there was even construction until I arrived from the east side. I took a detour and drove … Read more

Little Niagara Falls

Little Niagara Falls - Main falls view

Beginning the end of this weekend’s journey starting with Little Niagara Falls. Access is quite easy – park somewhere near Putnam Hall on the UW Eau Claire campus (or walk the path along the river) and walk a short distance through Putnam Park. Today the weather was hot and thankfully in summer parking is plentiful … Read more