Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's Raining It's Pouring ...

We Still Went Exploring ...
A Rainy/Cloudy Road Trip for Spring Break 2011

We decided to drive up to Trempealeau Wisconsin 
to revisit the beautiful Perrot State Park. 
Here is a (map) of the park.

Rolling meadows along the way. 
 Wisconsin is beautiful any time of year.

Especially when you take the river route along the Mississippi.

It is amazing to view Blue Heron flying
along the Mississippi River as we drove along it.
For just a moment it felt like a race, we were neck and neck.
The Heron won of course.

We stopped at the National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Areas along the way. 
So many beautiful views and wildlife to enjoy.

While watching this Blue Heron beauty ....

I neglected to see this beautiful Common Merganser until it was to late.
I think this is their favorite way to be photographed.

We saw many ducks along the Mississippi. They all had a 
tendency to play 'Exit Stage Left' when they noticed us.

Above a pair of Ring Necked Ducks. I think.

A Hooded Merganser male and hen strut their stuff.

Me ... taking road shots along the way ...
... like a puppy hanging out the window, 
enjoying the view and ride.

An American Bald Eagle with what's left of it's catch. 

We saw quite the 'Eagle dance' around it's kill.

Not so pretty in pink.
I believe it was a very chewed up fish head.

Then finally we recognize an old building from our visit five years ago.
I don't know what it was or is, but it got our attention both visits.
We didn't see a sign near it and forgot to ask when we got to the park.
It sits along the river not too far from Perrot State Park.

 Then finally ... our destination!

We spent HOURS hiking. It was wonderful!
Five years ago we saw and heard Pileated Woodpecker here.
We were told that two nesting pair reside here. We unfortunely didn't
see or hear them this visit. We did see lots of old evidence of their presence though.

There were many Chickadee dee dee melodies to enjoy on our hike.

Along with the dainty drumming of Downy Woodpeckers .

A proud looking White Breased Nuthatch  appears
to be claiming king of the hill at the top of this trail.
We could also hear the call of visiting Tundra Swan 
and saw a flock of them fly by through the trees while hiking.

Then on the road again for more gray sky and rainy day views.

A Wood Duck and a Robin in the rain to end our bird watching.
Then blankets and McDonald Mocha Frappes in our toasty warm car ...
Because wee wee wee ... it rained all the way home.


  1. A Wonderful post! Looks like such a FUN time - even in the rain!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shot of the duck "running" on top of the water :)

  2. What lovely photos, rain is good:)

  3. Debbie, so happy that you have returned to blogging again! I have missed your wonderful posts. Looks like you had an enjoyable trip to Trempealeau, Wisconsin. So many beautiful sights! Love the Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle and Common Merganser images ... though, all are wonderful. Very nice collages, too! I hope all is well :)

  4. Beautiful post! I've missed you and your blog so much. Happy to see your beautiful photos and your smiling face again. Happy dance! !!!!!/////|||||\\\\\!!!!! :) :) :)

  5. Hi Debbie! So nice to see you on Twitter again and to see this lovely post. Love the pics and I feel like I was right there with y'all - and getting wet from the rain! Sounds like it was a fun trip. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wonderful! Glad to see you here again! What wonderful things you saw on this trip~

  7. Sorry you did not get to see the woodpeckers :( -
    Looks like you and Paul had a very nice trip even if you were 'hiking in the rain'. Nice collages.

  8. In looking at your blog (its been a while since my last visit) I noticed you have a link to your NEW web page; naturally I had to click on it and I just have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site :)