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Shawano – City on The Wolf River


9-30/10-1-2016

Shawano sign

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Enjoy the ride to Shawano, plenty to see on the way!

Shawano  is located in Shawano County, Barn Quilt Capitol of Wisconsin.  The city has a population of 9,305 and has plenty to offer.

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Hwy. 22, close to the barn sign above.   Read the visitor guide here and/or have them send you one before you come to visit!  We got a lot of great info here.  The goldfish in the tank at the Chamber has a story of his own. It was originally put into the tank as food but it decided it wasn’t going to be food. Cute fish, also quite large at about 3 inches long!

Shawano Chamber of Commerce

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Since it is hard to see all the barn quilts in one trip,  we picked up the book “The Barn Quilts of Shawano County Wisconsin”. It costs $15 and a great memento of our visit.  Buy the book here. Learn more about the Barn Quilt Project.

The Barn Quilts of Shawano County, Wisconsin

Even more behind the scenes story here.

Our first meal in town was lunch at The Launching Pad Bar and Grill, a casual restaurant across from the municipal airport (see video).

The Launching Pad Bar and Grill in Shawano

Downtown Shawano

Downtown Shawano

The Shawano Post Office has a mural inside, painted by Eugene Higgins.

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A city clock too!

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 Winters can get cold in Shawano.  It’s no surprise the famous Stormy Kromer™ winter hat is sold  here.  Buy one at Town and Country Cleaners. They are made in Milwaukee.

Stormy Kromer Mercantile in Shawano

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 We also noticed that fudge is popular here, just like on Mackinac island.  We got some at Old Glory Candy just off Main St. Lots of old-fashioned favorites here, friendly staff too!

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Visit the Veteran’s Memorial on the Courthouse grounds.

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 Shawano has some beautiful parks to visit as well.  Launch your boat or fish at Huckleberry Harbor, on the banks of the Wolf River.  See this and other parks on this map you can print.  There is a windmill there too. It was repainted in 2015, great job!

Huckleberry Harbor in Shawano

 Windmill in ShawanoSpirit of Shawano Park at the intersection of Main and Green Bay Street greet people with metal sculptures representing various industry in the area.

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Another great place is Sturgeon Park. This is the epicenter of Sturgeon spawing in Shawano.  They usually spawn in May.

Record-size Sturgeon have been caught here.  This Stella, caught in 2012.

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 The water pouring over the dam, intensified by frequent rains.

On Sundays there is also a great Farmers Market here, we stopped by and found a great variety of items for sale. It’s at Franklin Park.

Shawano Farmers Market sign

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The market’s first year was 2007 and has been a great success in the community. Learn more about it below.

We took a stroll through the market too, take a look!

Pay a visit to Heritage Park and Sunset Island too. It was not open since the season had ended, but you could still walk the grounds.  The Shawano County Historical Society produced a video of the historical village.  Hopefully we can make it back in 2017 and be here when it’s open!

Heritage Park sign in Shawano

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Bridge at Heritage Park in Shawano

We may have been too late to explore this place in further detail, but we were right on time for the Shawano Octoberfest.  Lots of music and fall crafts to be had here!

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Shawano is also home to Sundrop™ soft drink, we also enjoyed a self-guided tour at Sundrop University™, the factory in town.  This vending  machine is downtown if you need your Sundrop fix!

Sundrop vending machine

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We enjoyed dinner about 15 miles north on the Menominee Indian Reservation at the War Bonnet Bar and Grill, they serve Indian Tacos on authentic fry bread, delicious!

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A great place to stay if you plan on spending the night here is the Super 8.  Comfortable room and great free breakfast!

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We had a lot of fun here and plan on returning in 2017.

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The Show Must Go On In Baraboo


4-16-16, 5-27-17, 7-22-17, 12-22-17, 4-5-18 + other visits

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Baraboo is the county seat of Sauk County with a population of over 12,000. A city with a rich history in the circus, the Ringling family’s influence is woven into the city’s fabric and has been for over a century. Also Delavan, where we also have visited. You can also fly into the Baraboo Airport.

Baraboo Airport

Before you come into the city proper, be sure to stop at Man Mound Park on the outskirts of town.It was a little hard to find, the coordinates are N43°29.309’W089°40.278′   Man Mound Road.  On YouTube a short video about the mound.

Man Mound and signs

 

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Legs and feet that are missing are marked with white paint on the road.

Legs and feet on man mound

There is also a small playground and a picnic bench at the park.

Man Mound park playground

 

Circus Heritage in Baraboo

Baraboo has been a special place for Al and I since we met in 1997. We scuba dived at Devil’s Lake State Park and we were married there in 1999.

There is so much to see and do here in all seasons of the year.  Summer and fall are the busiest seasons. Come in April or May or after Labor Day for smaller crowds.  However, some attractions are only open during the summer season. For example, Circus World Museum.  The circus performances are from late May to late August.  We enjoyed a visit there in late August 2013, they have a free admission day at the end of the season. We returned 5-27-17 for Military Service Appreciation Day, also free.

Circus World Museum

Ringling Brothers plaque at Circus World

Ringling Winter Quarters plaque at Circus World

Baraboo is also home to the International Crane Foundation, which we joined and visited 6-3-15.

ICF sign in Baraboo

Cudahy Visitor Center at Crane Foundation

 

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As charming as these places are, you should see the historic downtown, looking much like it did when the original Ringling family were alive.  Downtown Baraboo has its own website to keep us informed of all the great happenings there all year round. The Courthouse Square and nearby has many great businesses to patronize for shopping and dining. The Courthouse is beautiful and it’s chime at 12:00 noon echoed around the square.

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This plaque is on a rock outside of the Courthouse.

Circus Plaque outside of courthouse in Baraboo

Enjoy the Baraboo Farmers Market too from May through October.

Baraboo Farmers Market

For even more fresh produce in the fall, stop by Ski-Hi Fruit Farm. The fall colors in October are beautiful too.

Ski-Hi Fruit Farm

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Baraboo also has its own radio station that we enjoy even in Madison, WRPQ.  You can even download their app to listen to it anywhere.

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2017-The station is now known as MAX FM.

The Corner Drug‘s distinctive red front makes it easy to find on the square.

Corner Drug in Baraboo

Also on this street is the beautiful Al. Ringling Theatre which was restored and still a work in progress. We took the tour on 7-22-17, but it is not permitted to post my photos of the inside.  You are allowed to take them during the tour only for your own enjoyment.

Al Ringling Theater in Baraboo

Here is what the theatre looks like in December at night.

On the corner of the square left of here is the Little Village Café, a historic building in journalism. You can just see the AL. Ringling mansion to the left down the street.

Village Cafe in Baraboo

Village Cafe Journalism plaque in Baraboo

A block or so from the square is the AL. Ringling Mansion, a beautiful red stone building you can’t miss seeing! Also, we highly recommend taking their tour to see the inside.  It’s open daily 11-4, tours every hour on the hour, the last tour starts at 3PM.  Cost is $20 Adults
$5 for children 5-11
Free 4 & under
Group rates available.

Photos of the inside are permitted inside but not allowed to be posted on Facebook or other social media. The owners Joe and Carmen Colossa and family also live there and are working hard to transform this beautiful home into a Bed and Breakfast.   They purchased the home only in 2013, it seems longer though! The Elks Lodge used to own the mansion, but now just lease out parts of the space.

Joe also gave us an additional tour around town in the afternoon, showing us the cemetery, houses members of the Ringling family owned, and other circus lore.

AL. Ringling Mansion in Baraboo

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Meanwhile,  the Charles Ringling mansion already is a Bed and Breakfast, called the Ringling House. Such a cheerful yellow in the spring sunshine!

Ringling House Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo

Directly across the street from the AL. Ringling Mansion is another historic site, the first church in Baraboo, long gone.

First Church in Baraboo site

Baraboo likes visitors and offers plenty of free parking.  In this parking lot you can see a new set of mural panels painted by local citizens in 2015. Also another one across from WRPQ. Also an older one from 2013.

Baraboo Murals

Baraboo Mural

As you can imagine, Baraboo citizens have preserved a great many historic buildings and homes.  We did our own tour to see them after lunch on our April visit.  This city is one of the lucky ones, it has a Carnegie Library. We have seen those in some of the other places we have visited over the years. Visit the Baraboo Public Library to find books on Baraboo’s rich history.

Baraboo Library Carnegie

Badgerland Financial sits on the historic site where the Ringling Brothers put on their very first circus show on May 19, 1884.

First Circus Performance site in Baraboo

Ringling Brothers Circus Plaque

The Jacob Van Orden House is now the Sauk County Historical Museum, one owned by the Sauk County Historical Society.

Sauk County Historical Museum in Baraboo

The House of 7 Gables owners used to give a tour but doesn’t at the present time. They have lived they for 50 years, moved in as newlyweds. Owners Ralph and Pamela Krainik have put a lot of pride into restoring their home for the last 50 years. It was built in 1860. Read more about heir home here.

House of 7 Gables in Baraboo

The Baraboo School Administration building.

Baraboo Schhol Administration Building

All this exploring can make a person hungry, never fear though, there are a great many restaurants in Baraboo to choose from. Around the corner and to the left of the building above is the Broadway Diner. FANTASTIC food, they also are the official caterer to functions of the AL. Ringling Mansion.

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Another favorite is the Baraboo Pizza Ranch across from Menards.

The Log Cabin Restaurant and Bakery, we have been there a couple times, they celebrate 20 years in 2016!

Log Cabin Restaurant in Baraboo

The Farm Kitchen on the outskirts of town by Devil’s Lake has been a favorite place of ours since were dating in 1997 to 1999.  We often ate there after scuba diving.  We had our wedding rehearsal dinner there. This is how it looked in 2009, it has been under new ownership since 2015.

The Farm Kitchen in Baraboo Collage 2009

Baraboo offers a wide range of shopping, including the essentials. For groceries, the Viking Express Market has a lot of variety, great store! Even a red pig for the kids to ride!

Viking Market in Baraboo

Red Pig ride at Viking Market in Baraboo

Another favorite place we like shopping is at St. Vincent de Paul‘s, or Vinnies, just down the hill on  100 South Blvd. within sight of the Broadway Diner. They also have a food pantry.  Our tour that Joe Colossa took us on included some Circus Museum train cars and the longest train car building in the USA. They are located BEHIND Vinnies.

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If you are tired from walking around downtown, let someone else do the walking, er, pedaling. We spotted a rickshaw parked, make an appointment for a relaxing tour of downtown Baraboo, $20 for 20 minutes.

Wildside Tour in Baraboo

Baraboo is host to many parks, Nanny Park even has a Little Free Library that looks like a circus wagon, cute!

Baraboo Little Library

Also Devil’s Lake State Park, where we honed our scuba diving skills and got married there underwater on July 24, 1999.

Al and Laurie Kutil vows at Devil's Lake

Climb the East Bluff Trail for beautiful fall color views of the Baraboo Hills below. This was October 9, 2010. Watch the turkey vultures soar above the lake, especially in summer. Sometimes we walked around the whole lake if we had an early start.

Devils Lake Fall 2010

Enjoy Ochsner Park and Zoo near downtown. The zoo opened in 1926 and has a great many visitors.   The adjacent park is alongside the Baraboo River and has two pavilions for large groups to gather.  We found a plaque at the park by the pavilion closest to the zoo, the first home in Baraboo was built on this site.

Ochsner Park and Zoo sign

Ochsner Zoo view

Ochsner Park in Baraboo

First Permanent home in Baraboo plaque in Ochsner Park

We always have a great visit to Baraboo.  There is always something new to see here and everyone is so friendly! Our parting shot is the swiftly running river going under the Manchester Street Bridge in this park.

Manitowoc – Wisconsin Harbor Town


Welcome sign in Manitowoc

 

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Manitowoc is a city of 33,736 located on the shores of Lake Michigan, 7 miles south of Two Rivers.  It is also the county seat of Manitowoc County. My husband Al grew up near here in the suburb of Branch and I have grown to love this city by the lake.  A great resource to learn about this city and county is the Wisconsin Historical Society. Here you can find historical markers and museums in this county and all the others in the state. Be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center to pick up all the info you need about the area, and much more!.

Manitowoc Visitor Center

Manitowoc is the gateway to fun on Lake Michigan and beyond!  This sign is located near the S.S. Badger Car Ferry, taking passengers to Ludington, Michigan and back.  We finally took the voyage to Ludington on June 20, 2016. Read more about our visit here.  Take the trip with us here.

Badger Car ferry arrival in Manitowoc

When we were visiting on 8-19-16 we saw a lot of activity in the port.  It was being dredged with the job expected to be completed in September before conditions get more challenging.  We were also lucky enough to see the S.S. Badger depart!

Manitowoc County Airport for those wanting to fly-in on their  private plane.

Manitowoc County Airport

Once you get here, the fun continues! Enjoy the historic downtown and view the many landmarks there. This one is a favorite!

Budweiser Large Beer Cans and Bottle in Manitowoc

The Courthouse across the street. You can eat at the Courthouse Pub.

Manitowoc Courthouse

Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc

 The Manitowoc Savings Bank building with its beautiful clock on the corner.

Manitowoc National Bank

Manitowoc Bank Clock

 

The Capitol Civic Center downtown.

Capitol Civic Center in Manitowoc

We even saw a one-room schoolhouse building. School District 4, 1891.

Historic one-room schoolhouse in Manitowoc

If you are here on a Saturday from May-Oct., stop by the Farmers Market.

Manitowoc Farmers market

Stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo too.

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This restaurant no longer exists, this picture is from 2010. It was demolished 11-19-12. The Penguin was a place my husband went to with friends when he was a teen. Too bad it couldn’t be saved.

Penguin Restaurant 2010 in Manitowoc

We discovered more buildings on the chopping block when we came back 8-7-14.  It was the Alf Muchin Furniture House in 1930. Alf Munchin and Son Furniture Store 1930 Manitowoc

Alf Muchin and Sons building plaque in Manitowoc

Also the former Mirro cookware company factory is coming down. They moved overseas, many jobs lost.  In 2016 it’s still not completely demolished.

Former Mirro Plant in Manitowoc

 Now back to the history that has been preserved. There are many museums in Manitowoc. The one we have been to most is the Maritime Museum. This museum is a fun place to visit, and you learn about Manitowoc’s rich heritage on the lake, and in WW II.  Permanently docked is the Cobia sub,  whose crew defended our country in the war.  You can take a tour of the sub too with one of the museum guides!

Museum and Cobia in Manitowoc

 

Uss Cobia outside and plaque

 

Cobias tour in Manitowoc

On 8-19-16 we were back for a final visit for the year and were able to view the annual Balloon Glow festival across from the Maritime Museum. We were attending an event on the rooftop and we had a great view!

Another place is the Rahr-West Art Museum near downtown.

Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc

 

We had a great time at the Pinecrest Historical Village, a lot of great history here. There also is a historic marker for a bridge there.  And a train too! We had fun posing next to it.

Pinecrest Historical Village Welcome Center in Manitowoc

Collins Road Bridge Span in Manitowoc

Greetins from Pinecrest Village

For a great walk or bike ride, the Mariners Trail is worth the time. It is 7 miles long and goes between Manitowoc and Two Rivers.

Al and Laurie on Mariners Trail in Manitowoc

Mariners Trail in Manitowoc

 All that exploring can sure work up an appetite!  We have eaten at Four Season’s Family Restaurant a few times, good food there.

Four Seasons Restaurant in Manitowoc

 

Friar Tuck’s is also a great place to eat.

Friar Tucks in Manitowoc

Late’s is also a very popular place in Manitowoc.

Lates in Manitowoc

 To get away from the hubbub of the city, Silver Creek Park offers a quiet retreat. You can get some food at Late’s which is nearby and enjoy it there.

Silver Creek Park sign in Manitowoc

Silver Creek in Manitowoc

We also paid a visit to West of the Lake Gardens, also accessible on the Mariners Trail.  Peaceful views of Lake Michigan in many spots.

West of the Lake Garden in Manitowoc

 

Flowers at West of lake garden in Manitowoc

We have enjoyed all our visits here together and discover something new each time we come.

Badger ferry and Lighthouse in Manitowoc

Kewaunee-“Wisconsin’s Best Kept Secret”


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Kewaunee was one of the harbor towns we briefly visited on the way to Door County.  This area has been settled for a very long time. It was first discovered in 1634 by Jean Nicolet, a French explorer.  Then it was a Potawatomi village. Now its a town of just under 3000 people with many amenities and attractions for visitors and residents alike. It’s 30 miles south of Door County.

We spent about 1/2 hour there that Friday  morning. We stopped at Harbor Park. The Tug Ludington is docked in this park and is available for tours. In mid-July Trout Fest is held in this park.

Tug Ludington in Kewaunee

Tug Ludington sign

The Ahnapee trailhead is in Kewaunee also.

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We stopped at a small Farmers Market near the trailhead before continuing on to Door County.

Farmers Market

 

Related Sites

*  Chamber of Commerce

*  Farmers Market

*  Tug Ludington

*  Ahnapee State Trail

Locally Grown at the Dane County Farmers Market


Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Capitol

Nearly every Saturday, also Wednesdays in the summer

Wisconsin is becoming well known for it huge Farmers Market on Saturdays from April until November. After that it moves inside for the winter.  The variety is incredible in all seasons.  The rules for members is very strict, all produce must be grown by the vendors and and everything else must be made by them.  Enjoy some scenes from the market.   If you come, go COUNTERCLOCKWISE around the Capitol Square, an unwritten rule 🙂

One of my favorites vendors, Dale Marsden. He makes the most delicious honey and is known for his famous beehive hat. He will be happy to pose for a picture for you, do him a favor though and buy some honey 🙂

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Locally produced food is very popular in Madison, and there are many restaurants downtown that buy food at the market.  Here is a chef pulling a wagon to load up on local produce.   One of the flower beds around the square has been converted into a garden in recent years.

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Morel Mushrooms
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In the fall, it’s really pretty. I just showed you spring and summer. On 10-8-11 we went to the capitol Observation deck and got great views of the market from the below. Also a great view of Lake Mendota around fall color peak time.

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Another favorite vendor is Stella’s Bakery. They make the best spicy cheese bread around. In fact, they are able to bake it right there and sell it hot. Yum!

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That about wraps it up. If you get to come to the market, come hungry!

 

Hike Around Devil’s Lake


Welcome to Devil’s Lake State Park! We have enjoyed coming here since 1997 when we met and got married here in 1999.

Al and Laurie Kutil vows

 

On the way there are the Baraboo Narrows, essentially the outside of the “bowl” that Devil’s lake is inside.

Lower Narrows

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Now we are headed to Devil’s Lake for to hike all the way around.  It’s beautiful any time of year that you go.

Devils Lake sign

Here is a map of the park.

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We are heading the concession area first on the north end of the lake. It was especially beautiful there this October.

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Here is a rainbow sailboat in the summer.

Devils Lake sailboat

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Now we begin our hike around the lake beginning on the East Bluff Trail. Plan to take the day to do this. First Al and I pose for a self-portrait.

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East Bluff Trail sign

On the way up we first encounter Elephant Cave and rock.

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At the top of the bluff trail was a spectacular view of the whole lake, especially the north shore where the concession building is. This picture was taken in Fall 2010.

Devils Lake Fall 2010

Further down the path near the south end are three interesting natural rock structures. The first one is Devil’s Doorway.

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Another one is Balanced Rock.  That day there were lots of people getting their picture with the rock. We did too with a new friend we met on the trail.

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Also a great view of a rock face.

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We went down the CCC Trail back behind the lake. There is an interesting history behind that as well.

CCC Trail Map

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CCC statue plaque

Working our way back to the south end of the lake, there is a smaller concession building and another beach. You can see the north end of the lake.

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Now we will follow the path next to the road on the south end of the lake.

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Here is the trail head for the Tumbled Rock Trail, leading us back to the north end of the lake.

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We work our way back to our starting point, we pass several cabins that have been there a long time.  Here is one of them.

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We pass a couple kayaking and a dad and young daughter fishing.

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Now SOMETIMES, we take the West Bluff Trail that is high like the East Bluff Trail.  They have a lookout station in about the middle of the trail looking towards the East Bluff and north end.

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Almost back, we see 3 people in kayaks, each a different color.

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We make our way back to the north beach area and find someone doing a painting of the lake.

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Al and painter 2005

We are back in the parking lot. I hope you enjoyed walking around Devil’s lake.

North Parking lot