I had picked out a hike that looked promising online and the girls at the concession stand said nothing to discourage me. (Somehow we missed the information booth.)
Well, nobody told us the Balanced Rock Trail was .4 mi. of stone steps! Good thing we had practiced on all those lookout towers.
About a third of the way up, we could see Balanced Rock way above us.
And we appreciated the clearings with nice views of Devil's Lake.
But we weren't done climbing. Here's Ron pretending to talk to a young man. Really he was just resting.
Whew! We made it. This is Devil's Doorway. Personally, I would hesitate to climb on it. It doesn't look too stable to me.
What a spot for lunch!
With endless views.
But you know what 'they' say about what goes up, must come down. Soon we were on the CCC Trail making our way down between all those rocks.
Finally we had a nice stroll back along the Grottos Trail.
The girls at the concession stand were happy to see us. It took us so long, I think they were beginning to worry. Although that climb was rather strenuous, it was a wonderful hike. We just took our time.
On our way home, we stopped at Natural Bridge State Park to see the sandstone bridge. Although we've seen many in the Southwest, it's highly unusual for Wisconsin.
And along the road, I got such a kick out of seeing the Tin Man.
Just look at the beautiful job his creator did on his face.