Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hiking Parfrey's Glen and other Wisconsin Dells Adventures

Craig and I started our Memorial Day weekend early yesterday by taking the day off of work and heading north to Wisconsin Dells. I'm not a fan of the commercial side of Wisconsin Dells, but I do love and appreciate the natural beauty it has to offer, especially its' wonderful state parks.

We wanted to get to Parfrey's Glen ever since we heard about it being the first state natural area, so we started our day there.
The path to the glen offers a beautiful trail, which offers an easy hike, probably best for beginners or families with young children.
Only a couple spots in the trail were difficult to cross and a klutz like me had to be very careful in those areas. I'm still loving my Merrell hiking boots with great ankle support for crossing streams and walking on rocky trails.
Here are some other photos I took along the trail. 
I believe this is the state-threatened round stemmed false foxglove.
 We really want to know what type of plant this is.
At the end of the hike, I tried a new drink that was quite yummy!
I was excited to capture our hike stats on my Fitbit Surge! Not the longest or most difficult walk, but a beautiful one that we both enjoyed.
It was time for lunch by the time we left Parfrey's Glen, so we drove into town to The Cheeze Factory Restaurant, which generously invited us to eat there. More on that in a separate post to come soon!

After lunch, we drove around downtown Wisconsin Dells and got out to walk a little bit too. Craig and I both have always wanted to check out Ishnala's grounds, so we crossed that off our to do list too! It's a famous and favorite supper club in Wisconsin. 
 Craig was most interested in seeing where they filmed parts of the Public Enemies movie.

Then I got some shopping in at the outlets, but since I am being minimalistic about purchases lately, I didn't buy a thing. 

Our last stop in a jam-packed day included a short hike at Mirror Lake State Park. Gotta take advantage of that state parks sticker we purchased!

We randomly drove by this sign and gate, which turned out to be a place I am now obsessed with visiting and hopefully can stay at overnight some day (it's $300 a night with a two night stay minimum). I love local boy, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and the Seth Peterson cottage on Mirror Lake is a place I had never heard of before yesterday.
What a great day! We're relaxing a little more today and it's great to have three more days off of work!

1 comment:

  1. Hi I just found your Parfrey's Glen post through #parfreysglen on FB. We went this year and it was a blast.