Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Amnicon Falls State Park, January 21, 2020

A delightful winter day at Amnicon Falls State Park

After my recent visit to Copper Falls State Park (see my previous blog) I thought it was time to go to Amnicon Falls State Park in north west Wisconsin. As it turned out I had never been there in the winter! How did I miss out on that? When I arrived after a 2 hrs drive I realized I had left my camera battery in the charger at home!! Ooops, now what? Luckily I carry a spare battery with me but it was only half charged and with cold temperatures batteries don't last as long. Nothing I could do about, so I was hoping for the best. It was a perfect winter day with sunshine, blue sky and a few clouds. Walking along the river in a snow covered forest was the highlight of my visit - it is a healing experience for me and so rejuvenating!
I was grateful for the time I was able to spent there and the photos I got while the battery lasted! Click on the photos for a larger view.
Enjoy, Susanne

Here is a description of the park I found online: 
"Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River. You can view them from a covered foot bridge or trails along the river, or—if you're sure-footed—from the rocky shore of the river. The park is a place to picnic, camp, walk in the woods, and learn about the Douglas Fault, the geological formation that created the falls.
Derived from the Ojibway words "where fish spawn", the Amnicon River is one of the major streams on the south shore of Lake Superior.Today, it is still an important spawning river for fish from the world's largest fresh water lake."

The classical view of the Horton Bridge and the Lower Falls, almost frozen

A close-up view of the Horton bridge

The snow covered railings caught my interest here. Upper Falls in the distance.

A view towards the Upper Falls from inside the bridge.

The Upper Falls; view from bridge

A different view of the Upper Falls

A magical moment amongst tall pine trees

Along the Amnicon River

On the trail amongst snow covered trees 

Big White Pines along the Amnicon River

The Horton Bridge - view from the other side, standing above the Upper Falls

Monday, January 13, 2020

Copper Falls State Park, January 2020

 A magical winter day at Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, Wisconsin

Copper Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin is by far my favorite park and I have visited it many times. My recent visit on a snowy January day was one of my best experiences. I left in the morning on a beautiful sunny day with blue sky to drive to Ashland, Wisconsin. About half way (near Cable to be precise) I ended up driving in a snowstorm. I did not recall the weather report calling for a snowstorm?? But then around Lake Superior things can change quickly. On my way home I had planned to visit Copper Falls State Park (near Mellen) but did not know what to expect. As it turned out the park was right at the edge of that storm. It was mostly cloudy but once in a while the sun would peek through and surprise me with some magical moments. I only met 4 people on snow shoes during my 2 hrs stay so I felt I had the whole place to myself. And I thoroughly enjoyed the solitude!!
Follow me along on my hike through the park: 
(click on the photos to get a larger view)
One of those surprise moments of sunlight as I started my hike on a small snow shoe packed trail

Copper Falls seen from "the backside"

The confluence of the Bad River and Tyler Fork river

Two favorite Cedar trees along the Tyler Fork river with an interesting "Ice Cave"

A bit of sunshine peeking through the trees along the Tyler Fork river

Along the Tyler Fork river

The Cascades, Tyler Fork river - half frozen

View towards the Bad River gorge

The most magical moment happened as I stood at the overlook towards the Bad River gorge - the sun came through the clouds and illuminated snow crystals that blew off the trees

The most magical moment happened as I stood at the overlook towards the Bad River gorge - the sun came through the clouds and illuminated snow crystals that blew off the trees

Copper Falls, view from "the front"

Brownstone Falls - looks like dressed for a wedding

Snowy path - I loved the snow decorating the railings