We woke up the second morning of our trip, heated up some breakfast burritos over the fire, and schemed about our day ahead. It looked to be a beautiful day!
We decided to take a long trail that would take us through part of the woods for about 4 miles and end up at the trailhead to Parfrey's Glen, which boasted a waterfall; how exciting! Into the woods we went!
The trail we started on is part of the Ice Age trails. The Ice Age trails are areas of land that glaciers cleared paths through! Natural landscaping!
The glen seemed so far away, but we really wanted to see that waterfall!
The trail was earth eye-candy. So pretty.
We saw these interesting fellows on our trek; as of right now we're waiting for a response from Butterflies and Moths of North America as to what kind of caterpillar he is. Maybe he'll turn into the butterfly we saw nearby!
The trail was pretty rocky, but due to internal strength and the supplies we brought (such as the super delish peanut butter trail mix) we carried on for a good distance!
Halfway-ish to the actual halfway point we took a long break. We used the time to refuel with granola bars and water and also took goofy photos. Lately I haven't been photogenic when I smile for the camera, so silly faces it was (that's more fun anyways)! :)
There were lots of different colored mushrooms in the woods, and, though we were curious, we didn't eat them in case they would kill us.
More wonderful scenery...
At this post we decided to cut the trail a little short. With our current pace the trail would take all day, and there were still many things we wanted to do! We ended up driving to Parfrey's Glen. Here's a view from the giant highway-way hill we walked down.
When we got to the trail this little butterfly decided it wanted to be Ryan's friend! :)
This trail had a lot more wet ground but was still very pretty.
Stone stairs were nice when we came across them, but most of the trail had big rocky areas and streams. To continue on the path we had to climb over boulders and hop on stones to get across the water! It made me feel like an adventurer!
We waited and waited to see the waterfall, and to be honest, were a bit disappointed when it turned out to be super small. Great distances were traveled for such a small pay-off, but it was kind of cute! We each climbed a fallen tree to get over and splash cold water on our faces and also posed for some super cool I-just-made-it-to-the-waterfall pictures.
While driving back to the campgrounds we had to stop and take photos in this area because the landscape was too good to pass up!
More people photos were taken...
Back at the campgrounds we took a dip in the lake to cool off after our morning of hiking. We also visited the concession stand for food. I was happily surprised they served black-bean burgers so I got one of those and an iced coffee. Super yum! In the evening we hung around the lake side until it got dark, then eventually headed back to our site to catch up on sleep.
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!