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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Interstate Falls has really changed since my first visit. Years ago I reached in on a pothole filled dirt road with two parking spots. If it had rained recently I ended up parking in mud puddles. Several years ago a large crushed rock parking lot was installed along with new signage. Waterfalling has become a big tourist draw and has been recognized as such my local governmental agencies. This year we discovered that a grand viewing stand had been installed below Interstate Falls. In prior years the view was not that good and to get down to the base of the falls it was necessary to work oneself down a steep slope. Visitors will really appreciate the improved views from the viewing stand.

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On our way back from our Highway 2 trip we decided to drive over to Root Beer Falls. There was quite a bit of water running and the colors were OK.

In the morning we decided to drive from Ironwood to Watersmeet on Highway 2. We had seen some nice colors the day before but the weather was bad so we didn’t stop for any photos. We soon found that Highway 2 was too busy to stop for photos. Highway 28 was closed so there was more traffic than normal. My wife suggested we start taking some of the forest roads off of highway 2. This turned out to be a great idea. We found some nice color and only encountered a few cars.

 

After finishing at Bond Falls we drove back over to Hurley were we were staying for the night. I was hoping for a nice sunset or sunrise but it remained cloudy. Still the fall colors around the flowage were at their peak.

After driving along Highway B in Vilas County Wisconsin we headed north into the U.P. of Michigan and over to Bond Falls. It had been spitting rain all day and as we walked along the river it really started to rain. Never-the-less I persisted and managed to get a few shots with the fall colors.

We headed north on the first fall color trip of the season. We ended up in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. We decided to take Vilas County Highway B over to Presque Isle. Even though it was an overcast day the fall colors were outstanding.

 

We drove the Wildlife Loop several times during our visit to Custer State Park.  Of course the main attraction were the Buffalo. Our visit was a couple of weeks before the roundup and we were surprised to find most of the buffalo hanging out in the roundup parking lot or around the buffalo pens. That would have made the roundup easy but then there wouldn’t have been anything for the tourists to see.

We did see a number of Pronghorns during our visit. The first photo shows one chasing a female. The female had run across the road a few minutes before and he was right behind her.

No visit would be complete without a photo of the Prairie Dogs.

The burros were hanging around in the same area as the Buffalo. It’s funny, when the roundup starts the burros are always in hanging around the Buffalo but they usually head for the hills just before it starts.

Driving through in the evening we were able to see a number of deer.

When we stay in Custer we normally wander around town taking photos of the Buffalo Statues. On this trip we wandered off of the main street looking for some we have not photographed before.

 

We try to hike to Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) when we are in the Black Hills. It was a beautiful day and relatively cool so we decided to make the hike. The fall leaves were nearing their beak color.

On the way to the top we encountered a number of deer on the trail. The couple behind us had to restrain their dog when this one jumped across the trail.

There were still a variety of flowers out. I captured this Bluebell.

There was some graffiti along the trail. This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

To native Americans Black Elk Peak is a sacred site. In the past we have seen offerings but they seemed to have increased in recent years.

The views from the top of the Peak are spectacular.

Beautiful views on the trip down from the top.

In late September we spent several days in Custer State Park. While driving the Wildlife Loop we ran across the begging burros. It was good to see them because a number of them died in the fire that raced through the park last December.