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Muddy Waters
Trempealeau Bay Recent rains are rising the Mississippi and Trempealeau Rivers. Although the campground at Perrot State Park is high and dry for all the campers this Memorial Weekend it's putting a damper on a few activities. Riverview Trail Renting canoes ...

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Sandhill Cranes
Pair of Sandhill Cranes at the boat landing One of the tallest birds around Perrot State Park, the Sandhill Crane makes it's appearance in early spring. A welcome loud rattling Kar-r-r-o-o-o announces their arrival returning to nest in the Trempealeau Bay. ...

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A few of my favorite things!
 Camping can be truly magical! One of my favorite things about parks are the nature programs. The very welcoming staff and visitor center at Whitewater State Park made for an educational and enjoyable respite from the rain. Fox Snake       We sat in on a li...

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Rain, Rain Go Away
Our visit to Whitewater State Park, remotely set among woods and farmland, began with wondering what else there would be to do in the area since rain was in the forecast. At first it didn't seem promising since the area grocery stores were still renting vid...

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Whitewater Camping
  Bridge in meadows No, this is not a new extreme sport. We've expanded our state park visits to Minnesota. First up Whitewater State Park about half way between La Crosse and Rochester. Set in a valley surrounded by Driftless Bluffs, and a river really run...

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A New Kid in Town
Living in a shaded woodland it's sometimes hard to find a new plant for the garden, especially a native one. Good news there's a new kid in town, Driftless Area Natives sells native plants in Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Joyce is by no means new to growing plant...

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Don't Turn Your Back
It's inspiring to see the amount of birds migrating through Perrot State Park. FYI the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating it's Annual Bird Festival, Sat. May 13 I moved to the Coulee Region over 40 years ago. It was truly a rare sight to se...

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Happy May Day
Summer sun and fun are just around the corner. Thought I'd share my recent cake made for a friends church event to celebrate August Birthdays. Monarchs and Sunflowers were made from Candie Melts. A laborious process which turned out well enough. However the...

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Perrot Praises
Vultures greeting the morning sun Just wanted to share the beautiful weekend we had at Perrot State Park. Early April temperatures were in the 70's making it a perfect time to get HaRVey out for his first time in 2017. Since it was early in the season not m...

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Spring into Action
It's an exciting time of the year when plants begin to appear, birds return, and everything starts waking up. If you like to be outdoors and enjoy nature, you may want to consider joining a Citizen-Based Monitoring Program. Check it out at www.wiatri.net , ...
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