Friday, November 28, 2008

High Cliffs Park


Today Noelle and I went for a short walk to the most interesting little city park in Galesville.
Hiking High Cliffs
Okay, so it's the only city park in Galesville, but it's still worth a visit. High Cliffs Park is just outside of downtown and features high sandstone cliffs, an old mill dam, and some small sandstone caves and arches. For adventurers like us its a good place to get our outdoors fix when we don't have a whole lot of time. Despite the cold temperatures, it was a good hike and it made us feel not so guilty about all the food we've been eating lately. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The First Culvers and Natural Birdge SP of Wisconsin

Well Thanksgiving is finally near, so it means Noelle and Eric make their annual migration to either Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. This year is a Wisconsin year and so we packed up the Family Truckster and headed northwest to the land of beer and cheese. Last night we spent the night in one of the most disgusting Motel6s I've ever been to in Bloomington, Illinois. We awoke this morning, grabbed breakfast at Burger King and headed north. We made it to our obligatory hiking stop by noon, after lunch at the world's first Culver's restaurant in Sauk City, Wisconsin.
The hike was a short one of about a mile at Natural Bridge State Park.
Noelle and Parker in Snow
The bridge itself was astonishingly impressive.
After our hike we headed west to Onalaska and then north to fair Galesville, the world famous home of the Garden of Eden. It feels so good to have some time off and to be able to spend it with family. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Daniel Boone National Forest: Beaver Creek Wilderness & Moonshiner's Arch

Today we got to do two of our favorite things. We voted and we went on a little mini-adventure, a hiking trip into the Beaver Creek Wilderness of the Daniel Boone National Forest. We woke up early this morning and walked down the street to our local polling station where we voted, then headed home to pack our day packs for some hiking! We made it to the Three Forks of Beaver parking lot by 10 am, then hit the trail.
November Hike
It was gorgeous weather for being outdoors and we enjoyed every bit of it.
Three Forks of Beaver Overlook
This, despite the fact that some of the trails marked on our map (courtesy the US Forest Service) were non-existent. Since we couldn't find one of the trails we had intended hiking it meant we had time to make a side trip to Cumberland Falls. In addition, our third attempt at finding Moonshiner's Arch was a success. It was a nice, short walk with pleasant scenery. The arch was pretty impressive as well.
Moonshiner's Arch
Looking into Moonshiner's Arch
This will most likely be our last adventure until Thanksgiving. Looking forward to it!