Nature Festival – Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome
After hiking the Sea Caves on May 14, we met up with our group at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center before departing for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that afternoon.
At the entrance, festival participants could write their unique bird finds, along with the place and time, on an easel. A snowy owl had been spotted at Maslowski Beach twice that morning.
My mom and I were eager to see the snowy owl, so we made a quick stop at the beach to take photos on the way to our destination. It was a windy day, so the water was splashing up in front of the owl while it sat on the rocks near shore.
I decided to send this photo to the Ashland Daily Press in case they wanted to publish it, and the following week they did!
One of our guides was US Forest Service plant ecologist Steve Spickerman. Here, he shows the group what a ramp looks like.
On the walk, we also looked for yellow birch and different types of ferns.
Soon we arrived at Morgan Falls. At 70 feet high, it is one of the tallest waterfalls in Wisconsin.
The group turned back at Morgan Falls, but my mom and I continued further to get a panoramic view of the forest and bay from St. Peter’s Dome. It was a surprisingly quiet walk to the top, and we had to be careful to avoid a mud pit on the way.
Many of the trees were just starting to bud. The subtle browns were interrupted by flashes of bright yellow-green.
We were definitely exhausted after hiking almost 8 miles on rugged terrain that day, but it prepared us for an even more difficult walk through the Penokee Mountains on May 15.
Day 3: Stockton Island