The last time we took this tour was June 30, 2002 and it was time we did it again. This time we were armed with a better camera (mine) which also shot HD video. Al also had his own camera and he sat in the lower deck, giving another point a view. We arrived at the Lower Dells Dock parking area, the first Upper Dells ride was at 10:00, a shuttle bus took us to the dock stairs to catch it. These are the boat rides available in summer this year.
The view from the top of the stairs of the boats. Our boat is the Red Cloud, on the left back.
Before you board, you have the chance to get a souvenir picture taken, available upon return. It is $20, includes a 8 x 6″, 2 – 4 x 6″ and three wallet-sized prints, plus a photo key chain for the wallet picture. What a good deal, here is our picture. You can get the same done at the Lower Dells. Just like what H.H. Bennett used to do over 100 years ago.
Now we are on board and on our way! We were lucky to have such a beautiful day. We are visible from the bridge to passersby as we go around the bend to the left, heading to the Gateway up ahead.
We approach the “Gateway of the Dells”, Romance Rock and High Cliff.
The dignified Chief Black Hawk’s Profile.
The Giant’s Shield
This majestic rock is called “Signal Point”, the entrance to Witches Gulch.
It is time for our first stop at Witches Gulch. We disembark and walk the path between tall rock formations, you can see the forest above you. Very beautiful!
On our left is Witches Bathtub.
Spooky Lane, and then…
It opens up to a wide area and concessions/restrooms are available. We had 20 minutes before we had to get back on the boat.
There was also this plaque attached to the side of the rock on our right.
Back on board, we crossed the river to our next attraction, the dog jumping across Stand Rock to re-create Ashley Bennett’s jump that made the Dells famous. We assembled in the small amphitheater with this great view.
The picture on the sign showing the jump.
The dog jumping is a German Shepherd named Radar. Let’s watch!
How exciting that was! Radar is perfectly safe, there is a net below to catch him if he fell.
We continue along the trail, seeing other beautiful rock structures and scenic views of the river.
There is another concession building at the end of the trail. There is another sign explaining how this area came to be.
Scenic View of the river, on our way back to the boat, now docked on the other side opposite of where we dis-embarked.
It was regretfully time to go, so beautiful here.
On our way back to port, what a wonderful ride! A last look at The Palisades rock formation.
As we headed back to our home port, Brendan offered us copies of the Dells Boat Tour Official Guidebook for sale for $5, a great memento of our tour.
Saw a PT-109 shark boat on the way back, cool!
Also saw a Jet Boat.
Almost back, view from the bridge.
The crew secures the boat to the dock at the building. On the dock is the stand where we pick up our picture.
Captain Bob and Brendan wish everyone a great day and hope you enjoyed your tour!