OK. I admit it. I used to be in the “I hate camping” group of people. For most of my life, I said I would never go camping. Then, 2 years ago, totally out of the blue, we decided to go camping for our anniversary. We bought a tent and a screened-in canopy, in case it was needed for rain, etc. I searched Pinterest for ideas on what was needed and bought a few basics. We didn’t want to buy a lot of stuff in case this was a one-time thing. Our first camping trip took us to Yellowstone Lake State Park and we had a great time. Who knew camping could be enjoyable? Two months later, we bought another tent for our daughter and her friend and took off again for a long weekend at Wyalusing State Park. The next summer we expanded again to include tents for our sons. Our current equipment includes 4 tents plus our screen tent, which is our “kitchen”. I don’t pretend to be an expert in the area of camping, but I will share in the future what we have done, what works and what doesn’t, and tips that I have for others just starting out.
Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, WI Visited on September 16-20, 2016
This park is located on the Mississippi River, right where the Wisconsin River flows into it. It has some of the best views I have seen in Wisconsin and is one of my favorite parks ever. There are campsites that are right on a bluff, overlooking the river. We didn’t plan our trip early enough to get one of these spots, but we will be back. One of the many hiking trails took us down a rather steep path and was then supposed to take us along the river. However, due to high water, the lower part of the trail was closed, so we had to go back up again. Another trail took us to a small cave with bats (not a fan of those, I didn’t go in). Sunsets over the river are amazing. I can’t wait to go back, get a campsite overlooking the bluff and watch the sunset from my campsite.
When I turned 50 a few months ago, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do before I die. One of the things on this list is to visit every state park in Wisconsin. In the last couple of years, I have been to a few of them, so I am including them in my list of those I have visited.
Yellowstone Lake State Park in Blanchardville, WI Visited June 17-20, 2016
This was our first ever camping trip and was planned on fairly short notice. We chose this park because we had never been there and it had campsites available. We had a bit of trouble finding it, but weren’t disappointed when we finally arrived. The campground is very quiet and our neighbors weren’t close enough to intrude on each other.