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

Hamilton Falls

Hamilton Falls

Just enough time for one last waterfall before sundown so I made a quick visit to Hamilton Falls in the tiny town of Wilson, Wisconsin. Access is very easy by following the signs towards Memorial Park on Hamilton Fall Road. Once you reach the metal gate at Eaton road keep going until the 3rd pull-out … Read more Hamilton Falls

Madeline Island

Madeline Island - Sunset at the La Pointe ferry docks

Due to some trails being closed at Big Bay State Park I was left extra time to explore La Pointe, Wisconsin on Madeline Island.  Sharing everything in one post for lack of a better place to put these odds & ends.  First step to visiting the island is actually getting there via the ferry that … Read more Madeline Island

Copper Falls State Park – Sunset & Astro

Copper Falls State Park - Astrophotography over Loon Lake

Home base for the past couple of days has been Copper Falls State Park.  I skipped them on this trip in favor of other destinations (see old posts here, don’t skip these if you’ve never visited before) but the weather did give me an opportunity for some fantastic night photography.  Clear Sky Charts confirm this … Read more Copper Falls State Park – Sunset & Astro

Lost Lake Recreation Area

Lost Lake Recreation Area - Lake reflections

Basecamp for the next several days is at Lost Lake Recreation Area campground.  This is a small site in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that sits on an 86-acre lake and is a fantastic spot for a quiet family vacation.  I didn’t have much time left today so I did the only thing that seemed reasonable: … Read more Lost Lake Recreation 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

Joshua Tree – Hidden Valley

Joshua Tree - Hidden Valley

Final stop for the day was a race against sundown to hike the box canyon at Hidden Valley. One of the plaques along the nature trail details how this was once a forest covered in trees and is now relict or restricted to a smaller area than was once found. Not really much to say … Read more Joshua Tree – Hidden Valley

Joshua Tree – Cap Rock Sunset

Joshua Tree National Park - Cap Rock

December 2018.  Government shutdown looming.  Geminid meteor shower coming.  Vacation days left that need to be used.  Booked some quick tickets into Las Vegas with no firm plans other than seeking adventure.  The universe guided me down to Joshua Tree National Park. Pitched my tent at the Belle campground (which I was lucky to get, … Read more Joshua Tree – Cap Rock Sunset

Rock Island State Park – Part 2

Rock Island State Park – Boathouse as the sun falls below the horizon

Part 2 of my visit to Rock Island State Park.  You can view Part 1 here and Part 3 will be coming soon.  Buckle up, this is a long post but worth it (in my opinion).  Here we go! (Don’t forget to click on photos for a larger view with more detail!) Thordarson Trail After … Read more Rock Island State Park – Part 2

Ellison Bluff County Park

Ellison Bluff County Park - Staircase leading down to cliff's edge

Had a few hours until dark after setting up camp at Newport State Park and decided to head back into town & check out the area.  While driving back down Hwy 42 I saw signs for Ellison Bluff County Park and noticed it was located off the western coast – directly where the sun was … Read more Ellison Bluff County Park