Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Blue Mound State Park

Blue Mound State Park stark conditions

We arrived to a foggy Blue Mound State Park. It had recently snowed and then freezing rain capped the snow making a crusty top layer. Despite the less than ideal conditions, the woods were beautiful in stark kind of way. In fact, an author contacted me for some of my pictures from this day to possibly use as a cover for his book. He was writing a World War II book on the Battle of the Bulge, and he liked the stark conditions that I guess reflected conditions during this winter 1944 battle in the Ardennes Forest in northern France.

Currently, Blue Mound State Park maybe one of the few areas in the state with snow enough to ski. Pike Lake near Milwaukee, and Lake Kegonsa are the only places I am aware of with snow. Even the Birkie does not have enough snow. Let’s hope this changes for the marathon taking place in a month.


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