Like everyone else in the world, our 2020 vacation plans were cancelled. Dealing with that fact was so difficult for me because last year we only took one vacation for we had too many projects to do around the house. We were going to make up for it this year, and take a several vacations to places we had never been before.
But Covid had other plans for us, and we were forced to cancel all our vacations. Sniff, sniff.
Once things started to open up again, we decided to take a mini staycation! My son came up from Illinois and we spent a few days bumming around Wisconsin and seeing some sights we have never seen before. Because we were restricted in our travel choices, we were forced to explore our home state.
Now, before I begin my post about the very first place we went to on our staycation, I want to share our 4th of July experience. Like most of America, most of the fireworks in Wisconsin were cancelled. Most ridiculous thing ever. Seriously? They cancelled fireworks when it is so easy to stay six feet away from everyone, and you're outdoors. Unreal. My husband and I were so peeved about it that we decided to go to the fireworks of a nearby small town since our own small town did not have them. The fireworks were shot over their lake. Here is our view before the fireworks began.
Having the fireworks over the lake was a breathtaking site! I loved how the fireworks were mirrored in the lake below.
We were so happy to be able to see fireworks and celebrate the 4th of July!
Now, onto the first place we went to on our vacation: Eagle Point, Wisconsin! This is a spot that was recommended to us by a co-worker of my husbands. We have lived in this area almost thirty years and have never heard of this place. It is quite the hidden gem. I think the best thing about taking a staycation is discovering new spots in your own area you never knew were there.
This tranquil spot is found after a short hiking distance through the woods along the Old Abe Trail. It's a very difficult spot to find. There are no signs advertising it. It's almost as if they don't want people to know about it so they keep it a secret.
The Old Abe Trail is 28 mile biking trail that connects the cities of Eau Claire, Cornell, and Chippewa Falls. We joined the trail from the Chippewa Falls parking lot (directions to this lot in Old Abe Trail link), this is known as Area 178. Area 178 is a nine mile loop trail (We did not hike the loop. We took the trail only to the river). There is a trail map in the parking lot. I took a picture of it with my phone so we wouldn't get lost.
We didn't have to hike long through a mosquito filled woods till we reached our destination! The view was spectacular. I could not believe this place was so close to where I lived and I never knew it existed.
The water with the surrounding rock and multiple little rapids was so beautiful.
The Chippewa Falls Dam and Hydro Generating Station can be seen in the distance. My husband and son rock scrambled to get a closer look, but I stayed behind to just sunbathe on the rocks.
The water is not recommended for swimming. In fact there is a danger sign right before you reach the area. As always, I have to remind my son and hubby to stay on the rocks, and don't go in the water, because they are both quite the thrill seekers (which causes me to have anxiety anytime I go anywhere with them).
I loved all the little water falls this area had. It was such a hot day, I was so happy to find a safe spot to just sink and cool my feet in the refreshing water.
It was a wonderful first day of Staycation and I will be back with more posts of all the beautiful sites we saw in our own home state of Wisconsin.
So what about you? How have you been enjoying your summer? Are you traveling anywhere or just enjoying your own backyard? I'd love to hear from you!
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