Monday, October 13, 2014

Mirror, Mirror

Whose the fairest park of all.

One state park and three state natural areas this past weekend and we conclude HaRVeys camp excursions for 2014.

We began the season in April with Perrot State Park, May- Goose Island County Park, June-Black Hawk Park, Sept.- Merrick State Park and finished the season in peak autumn color at Mirror Lake State Park. The cooler fall temperatures made hiking and kayaking very pleasant. No bugs, quiet campers and crisp evenings for a camp fire.

We camped at he Cliffwood Campground at site 139 but now know site 137 would be the perfect spot to have for some sunsets.

Mirror Lake State Park is ideal for exploring in our blowup kayaks. The calm waters and picturesque rock formations with fall colors are a dramatic backdrop for easy paddling. The only drawback to an otherwise perfect setting was the sound of traffic from I90.

We enjoyed the parks nature programs with Ranger Ryder and Naturalist John for our own personalized tour and history of the park.

We also learned about it's celebrity status in "Public Enemy", which featured one the parks buildings as a hideout and Echo Rock Trail as part of the action scenes.

Going to have to view this movie again, it won't be difficult since I'm a big fan of Johnny Depp.

What campers do to decorate their sites is always amazing. Here's a family campers that really got into the spirit of the season. We are still trying to decide our camp look.

During our weekend we also visited Parfrey's Glen, Pewits Nest and Dells of the Wisconsin River all State Natural Areas, in addition the International Crane Foundation and Ishnala Restaurant for some reminiscing.

All are featured in upcoming blogs.



  1. Wondering where you had wandered off to... Next time don't forget somewhere closer to gorgeous fall views, you should include Wildcat Mountain. I can't believe Mirror Lake was quiet. Maybe bc it was the end of the season. It always seems so busy to us.