It was so nice this weekend, that I grabbed my friend and went hiking on an exploratory mission to find a waterfall. I was paging through a book at the bookstore in town and stumbled upon a waterfall that I had not previously heard about. Well, of course, conquer I must!!
Saturday was hot and humid (83 degrees with a dew point in the low 60s) so we decided to postpone the adventure until Sunday, which luckily provided perfect weather - mostly cloudy and drier with a temperature of 70.
I was able to only find rough directions and a map (that now seems a little out-of-date), and was ready for anything. I forgot how thick the mosquitoes can be and while I'm quite familiar with both vampiric species, I was caught off-guard by their sheer numbers. Stopping every few minutes to pick ticks off your pants gets tiring quickly.
So without further ado, two videos and then some pictures.
From behind the waterfall
The trailhead access was a short drive down a beautiful one lane dirt road (to the right). The trailhead wasn't labeled on the roadside as well as I expected -- it wasn't labeled at all. The road was a dead-end and it was therefore relatively easy to figure which was the path we wanted.
The image of the road and the trees looks idyllic, but doesn't convey the buzzing and humming of winged blood-sucking demons. At least they don't carry malaria, been there & experienced that... twice.
The waterfall was unmarked on the map but easy to find by following the sounds from the main path.
Unfortunately, it looks like a tree or two washed to the lip of the waterfall in the heavy downpours three days previous. I recorded 0.91" of rain and this waterfall isn't very far away from my house, so this watershed probably experienced similar rainfall amounts.
A beautiful location, I'd love to go back in the autumn, but there are many places up here on my fall-color visitation list.
Another feature not listed on the map was a cemetery not very far from the trailhead... a bit unexpected.
Off the one lane dirt-road, in the middle of the quiet forest, was a series of wooden crosses. A sign along the road informed any passerby (or visitors) that this cemetery was used from 1902 to 1915 and is the resting place of 23 individuals, of whom at least 7 were infants.
The markers still remain because the cemetery has been restored twice since 1915.
The cemetery was extremely peaceful, and I have to say that if I were to rank cemeteries that I've visited, this is my favorite.
It's exactly the sort of place I'd like to be buried, or my cremains interred, only I didn't know this is what I wanted until I experienced such a place.
I'll fully admit that I plan on returning to the cemetery simply to re-experience the peace and the quiet of the forest at this location.
Kudos to those who have stuck with my post this far.
Concern is mounting in NWS Offices across the western Great Lakes and the Upper Midwest for later in the week - mainly Thursday and Friday.
A large storm system will possibly make a repeat performance, just as the last one did on Saturday and Sunday.
This map (to the right), from the HPC, shows how much precipitation the computer models think will fall in the next five days, with almost all the rain across Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin falling from Thursday's system. Three to four more inches of rain are possible across areas that scarcely need another drop.
Strong storms are also a possibility around Thursday.
The SPC has already outlined most of Wisconsin (to the left) in a severe risk outlook for Thursday and Thursday night (6/12).
This is four days away so will likely be tweaked in many directions, but for a threat to be recognized four days in advance suggests this is something that should be watched closely. Any storms that do develop could produce more torrential rain with even higher rainfall totals.