Wisconsin’s Beautiful Rocks

For some reason, I’ve never really heard much about Wisconsin, well, except cheese. And I admit that I have a limited experience here, but I’ve been impressed with Wisconsin’s rocks. Our first stop was Pewits Nest, a 40 foot gorge formed by a glacier in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  It was challenging figuring out which path to take to get to the gorge.Which path to take?

We did indeed find it. There were many steep drop offs but here we could catch a picture. Pewits Nest, Baraboo, WI

The next day, we were off to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin’s largest state park. We had only two hours of daylight left since we were visiting it at the end of a work day. The lake was beautiful and many people were enjoying the beach.Devil's Lake, WI

In the hills surrounding the lake, there were many trails. We could have easily spent a week there exploring. But since we were fighting the clock, we chose to walk on the Tumbled Rocks path. This path took us along the lake’s shoreline that was covered with huge boulders of pink, lavender and red Baraboo quartzite. What lovely colors!Baraboo Quartzite at Devil's Lake

As I post photos of our walks, you’ll see that Matt is usually ahead of me. I often have a difficult time keeping up with my energetic tour guide! And if you are wondering what is in the ubiquitous backpack, well this sweet man carries water, snacks, extra camera lenses, tissues, flashlight, bug spray and anything else I decide I need. Aren’t I spoiled?!

It was finally a day off from work! And I knew just where to go, Wisconsin Dells. This area along the Wisconsin River is, again, lined with beautiful rock formations that are best viewed from a boat. We toured the Upper Dells.Upper Dells

Our tour guide regaled us with stories of Indians, loggers and thrill seekers. Each rock formation had a name and story.DSC_8045 2

I asked a fellow passenger to snap our pic.Matt and Janine enjoying Wisconsin Dells

Our boat made two stops. The first was at Witches Gulch which had fantastic rock passageways.Witches Gulch

My ever present tour guide leads me again!Matt in Witches Gulch

We then stopped at Stand Rock which had been made famous by H.H.Bennett, who was known as “the man with the camera.”Standing Rock

Bennett loved photography and set about to document the Dells. His photos made tourism in the area explode. People looked at his photos in 3D stereoscopes and determined to see the area for themselves. Bennett also invented the instant shutter and decided to show case it by photographing Stand Rock. This beautiful sandstone formation is 47 feet tall with a platform on top and was the subject of Bennett’s award winning photograph. The photo shows his son, Ashley, jumping across a chasm to the platform. Our guide told us that Ashley had to jump 17 times for his father to get the shot.Bennett's award winning shot

For awhile, tourists would come and make the same jump. This is no longer allowed but instead trained dogs make the jump for us. Here is our canine, waiting for his turn.Dog at Stand Rock

He did it and with seemingly no effort. Dog makes the jump

What a beautiful place were the Wisconsin Dells. Yes, Wisconsin is a lovely place…and not just about cheese!Beautiful colored sandstone at the Wisconsin Dells

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