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A fall hike around Hoffman Hills revealed some nice fall colors.

 

 

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Typically in the fall we drive through the Blue Hills located east of Rice Lake Wisconsin. This year we were disappointed to find the colors not as good as some years and many of the leaves already off of the trees. Still it was a nice fall day for a drive.

A friend told us about the Chippewa County Forest and how beautiful it was if you hit it just right. We took a drive through the forest just north east of Bloomer, Wisconsin. There was some nice color in spots. Lots of yellows this year.

Late in the day we drove over to Duluth for the evening. The following day was going to be the only nice day for a two week period. We decided to drive up the North Shore to Grand Marais with a stop at Oberg Mountain. Overnight there were some bad storms that brought many of the leaves down. Nevertheless there was some nice color. Most of the trees in the interior were on full display. There was still a lot of green along the lake.

Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea. Oberg Mountain was crowded. It was standing room only at the overlooks and the I had never seen so many cars in the parking lot. On the way around the top of Oberg we started talking with a young man that had driven from the Twin Cities overnight. He is shown in the lower left of the last photo. He was on his way to Caribou Lake and invited us along.

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 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.