So here’s a mid-week non-kayak related post.. wait.. no.. there is a kayak thing in here.. Well, I’ll get to that! So anyway if you are one of the many Wisconsin paddlers who follows along here OR you are close enough, and like to go play at Wisconsin Dells Water Parks I have something for you. Over at my DevilsLakeWisconsin.com blog I’m giving away 4 free tickets to the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells. So, if you’re sort of local… check it out.
If you are a paddler who just wishes they could take better pictures, or better pictures when you are out in your kayak.. Well, I’m going to be doing a class on that at the Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Symposium held in Grand Marais, Michigan from July 18th – 22nd. I’d love to have you join me for that one. We’re not going to get all F-stop & Aperture crazy in this one, we’re simply going to look at creative ways to bring home nice pics.. I mean, at least that’s what it says in this blog!
Oh, and today’s title? Well, that’s the picture; plants in water.. I could have done, “wet hiking boot in water with muddy sock”.. but it just didn’t have the same poetic, ZING!
Have a great day!
Wisconsin Dells used to be a place known for its natural beauty made especially famous by the work of photographer, H.H. Bennet in the late 1800′s and early 1900s. It wasn’t long before “The Dells” became a popular vacation destination and it also wasn’t long before nature took a back seat profit-making.. The rest, as they say, is history. Today it’s still possible to find the beauty of the Dells, but often it comes attached to a time limit and a steep admission fee. To spend time really taking in what made Wisconsin Dells so popular in the first place, you’ll need to find one of the few parks or natural areas. The best option is to explore by boat.. if you pick the right time and can hunt down one of the few public boat landings! (OK.. a duck ride is not bad either!) Continue reading
You can’t depend on your teacher
You can’t depend on your preacher
You can’t depend on politicians
You can’t depend on superstitions
– donnie iris
So tomorrow I hop back in my kayak to paddle the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River along with a group from Rutabaga. Well, that is if the new Jeep starts. It seems to be having one of those battery/alternator/starter issues that simply leave you confused and going nowhere fast. Story of my life! Right now it’s at the mechanics. She’ll hook up the computer and like roulette wheel on a Mississippi River Boat Casino, it will tell me which of the 3 options I’ve selected to experience. It can’t be the battery as I’ve already made that purchase. However if my little wheel of misfortune does happen to land on “Battery”, it will be met with a long list of expletives loosely translated as, “Spin Again!”…
Looking out over Prairie du Chien, The Wisconsin, The Mississippi & Iowa in the distance from the bluffs of Wyalusing State Park.
Sea kayakers know that Wisconsin has miles and miles of coastline boarding two inland seas, Lake Superior to the north and Lake Michigan to the east. The state’s western border is cut by the famous workhorse, the Mississippi river which flows from Lake Itasca in Minnesota, south to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wisconsin River flows diagonally across the state some 430 miles to join the Mississippi near a small town built in the Mississippi flood plain called Prairie Du Chien. (The Prairie of “Dog” but that’s another story).
Have you seen Jack-In-The-Green?
With his long tail hanging down.
He sits quietly under every tree —
in the folds of his velvet gown.
Spread out on the floor is a 10,000 piece puzzle. Each piece meticulously up-turned and laid out so one can see every piece from above. It’s all there. Everything you need to know is right in front of you. So why the hell does it take so long to put it all together? Well, that’s the thing isn’t it?
I’ve not posted for a few days simply because I’ve had so many little fires to put out and when they were out I simply wanted to NOT think. Then there is that recurrent voice of the Grinch yelling, “NOISE, NOISE, NOISE”.. I realized that 1000 people can have 1000 important things to say, but if they are saying it all at once it’s hard to pay attention to anyone. Welcome to the Twitter Nation! (or the bastardization of the Infinite Monkey Theorem…)
The trick to paddling the in the Wisconsin Dells is to choose the spring or fall when the water is not filled with tour boats, jet boats, and blind drunk tourists. If you can avoid the seasonal madness you’re in for something special. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about the Riverfest event we attended on Saturday, for now though let me share a gallery of paddling photos from the upper Dells section of the Wisconsin River. I’ve also added a Google Map of this section of the Wisconsin River.