When Katrina and I trudged across the central part of Wisconsin to get back to the Eau Claire area I wanted to stay at a new state park so we camped for one night at Brunet Island State Park. We got lucky and were able to occupy "the point" which caught a good breeze right on the water. Makes a big difference when the temperatures are in the 90's!
It didn't take long to discover that I had left my tent poles back in Oconto. Luckily it didn't rain because I also left my tent fly back home in the garage. I don't seem to be very organized lately, must be a side effect of the shoulder surgery because I'm positive it has nothing to do with getting older...right?
Mosquitoes here weren't too bad, but there were some. The electric loop was pretty crowded and trees were sparse which is highly unusual in a WSP. The non-electric loop sites were much larger and better spaced. The park would be great for kayaking and had a few short hiking trails that would be nice for families with small children, but even though the view was great I don't think I'll be back. Not much to the park itself and absolutely nothing in the area to do, including little in the way of access to food you don't bring along with you. If I'm in the area again I'd definitely choose Lake Wissota over Brunet Island.
The morning of Day 3 we had a little time to kill so I made Katrina hang around downtown Chippewa Falls for a short while on our way to drop her off in Eau Claire. There was some sweet architecture, and even a few murals which I'll save for later.
No mural in the post office in this town, but the building itself was different than other ones I've seen in the state.
After we got back home Katrina found out that there had been a boa constrictor that escaped through its owner's window and was on the loose in Chippewa Falls the day we were there. Thank goodness she didn't hear that while we were in the area, she has a serious snake phobia. She'll probably never set foot in that town again!
When we got to Eau Claire Katrina had me swing down Water Street to look at the sculptures that are on display for the summer. I won't spoil it for everyone else, I'll just show you my favorite.
That poor fish is in need of a home, but I don't have a fish bowl big enough.