Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunrises, Salmon & Fall Hiking

So often our weekday mornings are hurried and we like to sleep in on the weekends, but this is the best time to get out and enjoy a sunrise before the time changes and the clocks fall back an hour on November 6. The sunrise is around 7 am, which isn't too incredibly early. We did this the other day and watched the sun rise at Klode Park in Whitefish Bay, but any of the lakefront parks are a good place to watch the sun rise. Armed with donuts and coffee, it made for a real treat!

Another great park for a sunrise is Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay, which had some repairs done in the past week.  There's a new rain garden at the place water runs out of the bluff drainpipe, complete with plants and mulch. Several of the railings have been replaced and the stone steps cleaned up a bit.  It's quite nice, so if you stop there, be sure to take a walk through the woods. The sandy beach is now under water because Lake Michigan is so high.
Lake Michigan is quite high which eliminated the beach at Big Bay

new rain garden at Big Bay Park

Take the path less traveled through the woods and enjoy the new repairs
Fall also brings salmon upstream in our rivers.  I've been to both Estabrook and Kletzsch Parks this week and found them crowded with fishermen, clad in waders. Salmon are jumping where you will notice them at Kletzsch, while Estabrook you can't see them due to high water levels.  It's a fun fall activity to stand at the waterfall in Kletzsch and root for the fish.
Fall brings salmon fishing on the Milwaukee River
While you're at Kletzsch, do some fall hiking.  Go to the far north end of the park and you can pick up a trail near the picnic area. Estabrook also has the Milwaukee River Trail with some great views.  As you have a view of the river, you might notice fish jumping. These photos were taken early in the week, so with any luck, you'll see some more color.  It's a great time to be outdoors!
Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park

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