Take a look into my three day trip to the waterfall capital of Wisconsin.  This trip was almost completely, somewhat unplugged, kind of, and not always by choice, I guess.

The trip started with packing.  I dislike packing almost as much as I dislike UN-packing.  But this time, it was a little more challenging.  I was minimizing everything I possibly could.  The goal was to take as little as possible to indulge in the outdoors rather than do average, everyday things outdoors.  Trust me, there is a difference.  Indulging in the outdoors means having expectations but not needing to follow an itinerary.  Plans change, weather changes, roads change, so go with the flow and see where the adventure takes you.  With that said, here is what I packed:


  • Pudgy Pie Maker
  • Water Bottle
  • Tackle Box
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Fishing Pole
  • Books
  • Notebook and Pencil (some of my best thinking happens outdoors)
  • Flashlight
  • Camera and Lenses
  • PJ’s
  • Sweatshirt
  • Map
  • Hat
  • Shorts
  • Yoga Pants
  • T-Shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandanas
  • Shoes
  • Pocket Knife
  • Chapstick
  • Swimsuit
  • Toilet Paper
  • Aloe

Not pictured: the tent, food, folding chairs, and sleeping bag pads.

Now lets establish the environment of which I spent three days exploring.  Several dirt roads were taken to get to the campground (I’m not quite sure all of them can be classified as ‘roads’).  The trees were tall, the creek was running, and the birds were chirping.  I was in my happy place.


I consider this campsite exceptional, considering nothing was reserved before arriving at the campground.  In fact, this was the first site at the first campground encountered.  Pretty lucky.  After the first morning, this was the only site in use; a little rain scared all the other campers away.

Throughout the course of my three day adventure I finished a book that was first cracked open two months ago, explored 6 waterfalls, avoided poison ivy, stayed away from all technology except for 2 texts, and took more pictures than I know what to do with.

Without any cellphone service, I was able to experience all the waterfalls had to offer.  There were no distractions and no schedules to follow.  And since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are a few from each waterfall visited.

McClintock Falls


Strong Falls


Eighteen Foot Falls

Twelve Foot Falls


Eight Foot Falls


Horseshoe Falls


Camp Life


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