Friday, May 25, 2012

Biking & Camping

We've bought a second tag-a-long for Danielle to ride, just as Michaela has done the last summer.  We've started with short rides, but early results are quite promising.  Both girls have done well on rides between 5 and 7 miles in length. We used these to explore Marshland Road, Kiep's Island Dike, and Dike Road at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.  Along the way a friendly Ruffed Grouse posed for a picture.

We also brought the bikes with us as we camped at Wyalusing State Park the third weekend in May. Weather was warm but wonderful, with the forecasted showers missing us. Michaela and Danielle enjoyed sleeping in the pop-up, and we stayed busy between park activities and time spent in Prairie du Chien. The view from the campground was excellent.

The park was full of hills so we did not bike much, but the girls successfully walked a mile and half trail to sand cave.  Tent caterpillars were found throughout, and the girls made sure we didn't step on any of them.

Throughout the park we saw birds, butterflies, and flowers. Full disclosure, I chose the park becasue of the birds and was lucky enough to see Yellow-throated warblers and Kentucky Warblers in addition to more common species such as Gray Catbirds and Red-eyed Vireos.

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