Wisconsin: Mud races, free ferries, and small towns
The first day of Wedding Weekend brought us to Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area in Southern Wisconsin, the first stop on our Saturday tour. Here, a section of The Ice Age Trail follows a creek bed that has carved a beautiful, fertile canyon that eventually brings hikers to Devil’s Lake. In 2008 a major flood washed out many of the boardwalks and natural walkways that long made up the trail and the beginning of it has since been paved.
Once we were past the paved and gravel portions of the trail, we found ourselves amidst the serene beauty that is Southern Wisconsin.
After a short hike it was off to Reedsburg where Danielle had to get her dress fitted for the last time and, as it happened, we ended up being able to take it home that same day! While her and her parents tended to the fitting, I walked around downtown Reedsburg for a few minutes and stumbled across Corner Pub and Brewery. In the early days of Reedsburg the town was a center of commerce for hops, a key ingredient for both flavoring and preserving beer. Corner Pub and Bakery is a 100 barrel brewery tucked in the basement of a classic National League baseball bar. Suspended from the ceiling were banners from each of the teams, with brewers gear featuring most prominently. Other than Sprecher’s root beer the only labels on tap were their own and they were fantastic brews. They were promoting an 1860s rules baseball tournament featuring teams from around the Wisconsin-Iowa-Minnesota border regions.