With its gorgeous views of northern Wisconsin, and easy biking, there is a lot to love about the Bearskin State Trail. What I love the most however, is the wonderful history that looms over the trail. It was built on a former Milwaukee Road rail bed (and 13 trestles). As you enter at the trail head in Minocqua and cross the trestle over Lake Minocqua, it’s easy to get thrown back in time.
I spend last week camping in northern Wisconsin, where I made my annual summer pilgrimage to the Black Lagoon on the Star Lake Nature Trail. As I’ve said before, this is my favorite view in all of Wisconsin. The thought that entered my mind when I was there this time was, I’ll bet it looks just as amazing in the winter. Someday, I’ll have to see for myself.
I spent most of this week camping at Wisconsin’s Wyalusing State Park, located on the bluffs above the meeting point of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.
As I walked through Olbrich Gardens this morning, a man was stopped in the middle of the path, staring intently at a mature tree. His back toward me, unaware of my presence, I excused myself to get by. He apologized for being in the way, saying he was just in awe of the beautiful old tree. I agreed as I walked past, saying something about many awe inspiring sights to see today. As I continued to walk over the creek bridge, I thought, any day that gives you feelings of awe, is a good day.