Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winter Hiking Near Water

Ice along the wall at Big Bay Park, Whitefish Bay
Though it's getting colder again, this is a good time to release all the stress from your life and get outdoors. Being in nature does wonders to clear the mind, lower blood pressure, and calm the nerves. Turn off the TV and step outside. Listen to the waves lap at the beach. It's bliss.

I was at Doctors Park last week before we had new snow. With water everywhere from snowmelt, I'm sure it is very slippery now, on the stairs and ramps.  Be sure to bring your hiking poles or wear yaktrax (I'm including the link in case you're new to Wisconsin winters).  Make your way to the lake to see these beautiful nuggets of ice.  I think this one is appropriate for the month of February, don't you?And the stones along the beach are quite pretty when the water is cold and clear, washing over them. In years past, this beach was under ice formations, so this is warmer than usual. I took the stairway and it was doable.
Stairway to the lakefront

The lake isn't frozen

Nugget of ice looks like a heart
The restrooms seem to be finished now, but are locked up.  Still, it's nice to have toilets and running water when you're at a park in summer.  Thank Friends of Doctors Park and Milwaukee County Parks for this nice structure. It has an attached pavilion.

New restrooms 

Attached pavilion
Today the sun was out, so I made my way to Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay.  The ramp was snowy but not slick.  The stairways winding through the woods are near the spring though, which means many of the steps were covered in ice.  I'd take the ramp if you aren't sure about your footing. The low hanging branches had been hit with water and turned into beautiful ice.  Enjoy the photos, but get out and do some hiking and let me know what you're seeing this week.
Snow covered rocks make a beautiful back drop for photos

Look at those icicles!

Just a small dose of Jack Frost here

I love the dogwood this time of year. You can see the ramp to the lake behind it.
Looking for more ideas to make it through Milwaukee's winter?  Check out my post about 100 Things to do in Milwaukee this winter.
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