I have lived in Wisconsin close to 40 years. Most of that time has been spent in whatever local town we were living in at the time. Often we went to Lake Michigan or another smaller inland lake. Door County was also a popular destination. We have driven by Wisconsin Dells and through the town a few times, but had never gotten off the beaten path to discover why it was famous…why it had become a tourist trap. We were pleasantly surprised by what we found.
The only way to see the Dells is on the Wisconsin river. Since we weren’t about to rent a canoe the five of us decided to splurge on a boat tour. My sister, Jill and her husband Dennis were along for the adventure.
My granddaughter, Arianna snapped this picture of the boat. We chose to sit in the open air on top.
At first the scenery reminded us of the hike in Devil’s Lake we had been on the day before.
But then it got more and more interesting.
Twice the boat docked to allow us to follow the trails that wound between the rocks.
There are no words…
My advice in all of this? Look for the hidden things. The things right under your nose. There is always beauty and good hiding somewhere close.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
The journey continues. Tomorrow we will be in Wisconsin Dells, today it is…
DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK
Here is the beginning of the trail and a picture of what we will be climbing on.
The steps went on forever much to Arianna’s dismay.
Arianna found a stick to help get her up the steps.
At last we made it to the top where we could look down on the lake below. (Remember the first picture?)
After making our way down through more trees we wound through boulders and rocks.
Finally leaving them behind to reach level ground that led us back to the beach where we started.
(Most of the photography by Bill Pickering)
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, … all things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17
We spent a long weekend in a home on the Wisconsin river near Portage. The next few days I will put up some pictures of various hikes we took. Today we visit Mirror Lake and Parfrey’s Glen. Enjoy.
There was a short hike through woods that led to a stream that we crossed a few times.
The end of the hike we were rewarded with a small waterfall.
And then it was the hike back to the car through a magical forest.
“O Lord, how many are Your works. In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your possessions.” Psalm 104:24
My granddaughter and I went out this week to find Spring. We heard it had arrived. At first the only green I saw was her sweatshirt…but we looked further.
Sure enough there were a few leaf buds.
and I was able to find a patch of blue that is the first to appear each year.
We also found the faithful Magnolia with its buds just starting to burst open.
Then the Violets and Hyacinth.
And last of all, my favorite, daffodils.
God hadn’t forgotten. He woke each one up when it was time. I hope it is Spring where you are too.