Monday, January 23, 2017

My 2017 Adventure Wish List

Yessss! It's time to compile the annual adventure wish list for the new year.

It's been both a hectic busy few weeks and rather gloomy few days. Things everyday feel like they're flying by at a million miles-per-hour, especially at my job but it's that good kind of busy I really like. Oh! I celebrated my one-year anniversary working for our state's Department of Natural Resources a few days ago! On the downside... I've also been in-and-out of doctor's appointments (for getting hit by a car) and my beloved station wagon has been to the repair shop twice in the past week (thanks serpentine belts). All things aforementioned are on the mend now. While I'm so not wanting to admit it, I'm also convinced Mother Nature put the kibosh on winter. It was close to 60 degrees today.

Anyways on to the list and oh what a list it's shaping out to be. Already I've got a winter backpacking trip planned with some friends up to Newport State Park in Door County for a magazine story I'm writing...and then I just said 'yes' to join a climbing trip down at Kentucky's Red River Gorge with a whole bunch of fun folks come April. And that doesn't even take me to the start of summer. Clearly I'm ecstatic to travel as much as possible this grand 2017. I mean, there's nothing wrong with that right? Right. A goal I do have this year that I'm going to strive to make a reality, is to visit as many of the Wisconsin state parks I have yet to go to. I figure there's a lot right here in my own backyard I should explore.  Over the past few years I've been able to check-off about 22 Wisconsin state park and forest properties. Of course am craving a few journeys to some of our national parks as well, especially either Big Bend National Park or Saguaro National Park. I'm also dreaming and itching to go back to Badlands, again. Gosh I miss that place. I too need to get to Colorado this year at some point again. Notice the strong 'need'. We'll see what happens. No international travel for me this year, as there's much of the USA I haven't seen and I'm still getting over my high from trekking around Iceland.

It's always the best to plan out trips, draft-up itineraries and get dates on the calendar. So here's the wish list of places I'm seeking to visit for 2017, I'm already hashing out details for places below, so excited. I can guarantee you this list may change/get longer:

-Rock Island State Park, WI                                         -Rocky Arbor State Park, WI
-Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI                  -Yellowstone Lake State Park, WI
-Copper Falls State Park, WI                                       -Wildcat Mountain State Park, WI
-Amnicon Falls State Park, WI                                    -Wyalusing State Park, WI
-Big Bend National Park, TX                                        -Black River State Forest, WI
-Saguaro National Park, AZ                                         -Voyageurs National Park, MN
 -Pattison State Park, WI                                              -Isle Royale National Park, MI
-Big Bay State Park, WI                                               -Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
-Badlands National Park, SD                                        -Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI                      -Roche-A-Cri State Park, WI
-Red River Gorge, KY                                                   -Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
-Newport State Park, WI


I've also been on a big Iron & Wine kick lately. I've always thought their music is some of the best for adventuring. If you aren't familiar with them, take a listen. Enjoy!