Joshua Tree – Mastodon Peak

Joshua Tree - Mastodon Peak

Today’s afternoon trek would be a long one starting at the far southern entrance at Cottonwood Springs.  Parts of the road & trail were closed due to flood damage but you could access the trail via the Cottonwood Campground. The trail starts by winding through a sandy hike through the lower lying fingers and has … Read more Joshua Tree – Mastodon Peak

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

Straight Lake State Park

Straight Lake State Park - Rainbow Lake

Another detour on the way back to my campsite was to check out Straight Lake State Park.  As Wisconsin’s newest park (founded in 2002), it’s still relatively primitive which typically means less people & less disturbed nature.  I decided to take a quick trek around the Rainbow Lake Loop Trail and leave the rest for … Read more Straight Lake State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park

Kohler-Andrae State Park - Sandhill Crane on Cordwalk south section

Had to work late Friday which bombed my plans to camp for the first time of the year.  Instead, took a day trip to Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Located directly on the Lake Michigan shoreline, this is actually two parks managed as one unit with portions protected as State Natural Areas.  With only … Read more Kohler Andrae State Park

Richard Bong SRA (Blue Trail)

Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Wolf Lake from the blue trail

The Milwaukee/Chicago corridor isn’t known much for it’s hiking, but luckily a shorty drive from my home west of I-94 provides a small glimpse of wilderness.  Shockingly though, aside from one brief disaster of a camping trip in 4th grade Boy Scouts, I have never hiked here.  The Dude can no longer abide.  On an … Read more Richard Bong SRA (Blue Trail)

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park - Lime Kiln Trail

Woke up Saturday morning and decided to take a drive.  My main goal was to scout land for the upcoming deer season in the Appleton/Green Bay area.  High Cliff State Park was near enough for my overnight base camp allowing me to also check off another WI state park.  I hastily threw together a backpack and … Read more High Cliff State Park

Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park - Stephens Falls

It’s been a busy past few months and I was becoming irritated with my lack of adventure.  Friday at work was slow, thunderstorms were giving way to clear skies, and I could sit still no longer.  A last minute plan was hatched because that seems to be my modus operandi – and to be honest, trips … Read more Governor Dodge State Park

2009 Michigan Upper Peninsula Vacation

Here are some old photos from 2009 & possibly 2010 of my trip to the Michigan Upper Peninsula, specifically Munising and a few in Marquette.  Will add more details later as they come back to my memory.  Enjoy! Alger Falls Horseshoe Falls Tannery Falls Unknown Huge Wooden Playground Miners Falls Miners Castle Pictured Rocks National … Read more 2009 Michigan Upper Peninsula Vacation