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Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail in Wisconsin runs from Waukesha (in the Milwaukee area) to Cottage Grove (near Madison) for some 50+ miles. Connecting with other trails, it’s possible to travel between Milwaukee and Madison. A state trail pass is required for biking and in-line skating. Great for biking, in-line skating, running, or hiking, I decided to get my bike out and do 14 miles round trip between Waukesha and Wales. It… Read More

In central Wisconsin, not far from Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, is the Merrimac Car Ferry over the Wisconsin River. We take modern travel for granted. Here is a point in the Wisconsin River/Lake Wisconsin where there is no bridge. Instead a *free* car ferry shuttles traffic back and forth on Wisconsin Highway 113 between Okee and Merrimac 24 hours a day from spring through autumn (when the waterway isn’t ice covered)…. Read More

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, located in Columbia County, Wisconsin–near the town of Lodi, is about a 45 minute drive north of Madison. Part of the Ice Age Trail system, the trail from the parking area winds its way up the hill to the top of a cliff with sweeping views of the Wisconsin River valley. Round trip, the trail is approximately 1.5 miles. It was a beautiful day when I visited… Read More

I was in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for a work conference. In the evening, I had some time to tour around. It was unseasonably cool and rainy. Tourist season hadn’t started yet, and some places were still closed. This was my first visit to the Dells, the self-proclaimed water park capital of the world. It’s equal parts family friendly and tacky–some will label it a tourist trap. While I wouldn’t mind getting out… Read More