Last summer, Kerry and I did some exploring on the Wisconsin side of the river on the motorcycle. On a pleasantly winding road skirting the bluffs of the St. Croix, we came across a State Natural Area. It looked interesting, so I kept it in mind for future exploration.
Last weekend I decided it was time for that exploring. I got my stuff together the night before and made my way out of the house dark and early. I caught the sunrise in Wisconsin.
There's a small parking area alongside the road and when I arrived, there was a van parked there with a thick coat of frost on it, clearly indicating that it had been there a while I liked seeing this as it tells me that it's probably OK to park there overnight. I threw the snowshoes and backpack on and headed off.
A minutes of hiking and I came to the forested bluffs and a view over an old boyscout camp. This is private land adjacent to the natural area.
I'm guessing the van passengers are holed up in this valley hideaway.
After crossing a few more small valleys I found a nice high point overlooking the river and pulled out my stuff to have a little snack with a nice view.
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Time to head back home and start the rest of the Saturday. A bedroom painting project is calling my name.