Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall Vacation - Final Day

Last spring when we were trying to figure out where to go on our vacation in September, we first threw around going to either Washington DC or the Black Hills of South Dakota. We opted for Southeast Wisconsin because we decided we were far enough in debt and didn’t need to go on a long expensive vacation. I know, as if South Dakota is expensive. (Washington is.)

Events did turn out in our favor. South Dakota was hit by a massive and unseasonable blizzard about the time we would have been leaving there to head home. And Washington DC? Since they shut down the federal government about that same time, perhaps that trip would have been filled with peril as well. But even my little home state was hit that week.

Our last day of our fall vacation, we decided to head home via Horicon Marsh. We didn’t hit impressive flocks of geese or breathtaking autumn foliage, but it was awesome just the same.  Did you know that only one-third of Horicon Marsh is run by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources? The rest of the wildlife area? Run by the feds. I know. We had just gotten home when we saw the news on the internet that the majority of this Wisconsin treasure had been shut down due to the federal government shutdown. But I won’t get started on politics. Here are the pictures. 

(Note the American Flag in the background. I'm just pointing it out.)


Elizabeth Olmstead McBride said...

I took an ornithology class in the early 1970's at Lake Forest College. We made several trips to Horicon Marsh. The marsh is especially known for its Sandhill Cranes. They are very large cranes with red heads. You probably saw some.

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Yes, we saw several different kinds of cranes, egrets, herons. Too bad I don't know my birds.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm still learning to identify birds here in Florida, too. You sure had a wonderful day taking photos of the marsh. What a nice variety of birds you saw! Enjoy your week my friend!