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.
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.
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!
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.
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.