Kettle Moraine Parnell Tower Trail

Today, to combat our lazy weekend, my parents and I drove down to the Kettle Moraine area in Wisconsin to walk the Parnell Tower trail, a winding and hilly 3.5 mile hike in the Kettle Moraine forest. It was a beautiful, crisp day and we really needed the fresh air and exercise after a rainy Saturday stuck in the house.

Parnell Tower, a wooden and slightly rickety observation deck a few stories above the forest floor, provided the perfect platform to survey the surrounding woods and farmlands. There really isn’t anything like a good view in the autumn season. Unfortunately it’s so windy up there that my hair blowing in my eyes makes me just want to take a quick picture and leave. Next time I’m wearing a hat and forgetting the ‘do.

I was really excited to use the “pop color” feature on my handy-dandy Sony Cyber Shot. Still saving up for a DSLR, but this’ll do. Unfortunately the beautiful colors makes for a poorer quality picture – the corners look blurred!

Anyway, we huffed and puffed our way through the trail over at least two hours. It’s funny that the Kettle Moraine was formed by glaciers, since that’s the pace we were going. Didn’t want to risk a broken ankle. The trails really weren’t walking-friendly as large rocks and roots tried to trip us between every step. It was actually hard to enjoy the scenery since we had to constantly look down to avoid face-planting. It was nice to get out, though.
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