Friday, January 3, 2014

Take a Walk on the Wild Side...and a View from the Top of the World

OK, I know those two phrases are overused, but I was thinking how to group a few outdoor photos that will get you out for a nice walk and it's what came to mind.  It's snowy and pretty cold outdoors, but it may warm up over the weekend while we get more snow.  If you have a chance to take a walk, I'd advise you stay away from icy sidewalks, and instead walk in the snow where there's a smaller chance for slipping and falling.  Put on snow shoes if you like, or break out the cross country skis.

At the lakefront, the icecanos are starting to form and the lake is freezing in chunks, but we still have a few more weeks of wave and freezing activity before they are able to be used for sliding.  There are maybe THOUSANDS of ducks hovering at the back of Veteran's Park (thus- take a walk on the wild side).  Park at the Sailing Club and walk to the lake's edge to see what I'm talking about.  There's still an ice sculpture at the Kite Shop in Veteran's Park left over from the Festival on New Year's Day.  It's a buck.  Slow down and take a look if you can.  Pretty impressive.

Buck ice sculpture at the Kite Shop, Veteran's Park

Plenty of snow to walk, snowshoe, or cross country ski at the lakefront

So many ducks in Lake Michigan
If you want a really great view of Milwaukee, head to Reservoir Park (North Ave at Bremen).  The staircase is snow covered but if you park on Bremen, you can walk up the back of the hill where kids have already been sledding.  The path that  circles the top was cleared when I was there and benches are cleared as well, in case you need a break.  You will feel like you're on top of the world.
View from Kilbourn Reservoir Park
If it's more of a lake view you want, try Juneau Park.  With all the leaves gone from the trees, you can see the beach down below as well as most of Veteran's Park.  The walks were also cleared there and you can park for free on the street in some places, so be sure to check the signs.  With all the lovely snow, there are lots of options with a view!

Veteran's Park as seen from Juneau Park

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