Saturday, August 1, 2020

Perrot State Park, Wisconsin

When I go on a trip I always head north. But a few days ago (July 28, 2020) I went south with some friends to the Perrot State Park near Trempealeau, Wisconsin. The 1200 acres are nestled among 500 foot bluffs where the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers meet. The park is known for its breathtaking river views from the hiking trails and its natural, archaeological and historical resources. There is a campground, biking trails and canoe rentals. The visitor and nature center were closed due to the Covid pandemic.
We hiked to an overlook, Brady's Bluff, which was a short but steep climb. But it was so worth it as the views were spectacular.  The shelter on top was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in 1935.
The steep-sided Trempealeau Mountain is to the north,  surrounded by the Mississippi and Trempealeau Rivers. It is one of only three solid rock islands along the entire stretch of Mississippi River. Standing 425 feet high, the mountain was used as an early navigational device by steamboat captains and other river travelers.
We took the scenic road (Hwy 35) home, along the Mississippi river and stopped at various places. The vegetation is so different compared to northern Wisconsin. I almost felt like being in a jungle at times. 
Near Nelson we saw a large field of sunflowers - what a beautiful sight.

Enjoy the photos from my trip to the South!

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Trempealeau Mountain and Winona (Minnesota) in the distance

Trempealeau Mountain and Mississippi river

Mississippi river, Minnesota on the other side

Shelter on Brady's Bluff with prairie flowers

Shelter on Brady's Bluff

Mississippi river, Minnesota on the other side

Hiking trail

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge - lots of lily pads. Yellow Lotus were in bloom but not close enough to get a good photo


Sunflowers and blue sky

A large field of Sunflowers near Nelson


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