We visited La Crosse, Wisconsin this summer.
La Crosse is a city built on fur, lumber and lots of beer - we didn't enjoy any of those things. But of course, we river watched up on Grand Dad's bluff. The Mississippi and the Black river pass below here. I love my groovy bridge shot.
A fantastic sunset view.
A warm rock with a view.
We saw big birds...
and small ones too.
There were castles.
But the main reason we visited the region was to finally experience the Elroy - Sparta recreational trail. The 32 mile Elroy - Sparta State Trail was the first rail to trail in the United States. No kidding! In its earlier designation - 1836 to be exact - it was the mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway.
Rural bucolic beauty.
But we weren't there for beauty - we were there for caves! This one, at 3,833 feet, is as long as ten football fields. Unfortunately, it gets so dark in the bowels of the cave, and the limestone floor is so uneven, that you have to walk your bike. When we visited the entrance was flooded. Luckily we were prepared with our boat shoes. Because of all the recent rain, the ceiling dripped and cascaded water as we snaked through. It was spooky as other human forms approached with their bikes, brandishing almost entirely use-less flashlights. Besides the thrills, there's chills; the cave maintains a year round temperature of 50 degrees - through the sultry heat of summer and the wild Wisconsin winds of winter. Sounds fun right?
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Do you see the white dot in the middle? That's the other end.
We had to pose "Ventenas" style inside the cave. Ventenas is a beach with amazing sea caves in Costa Rica. Visit Ventenas Caves to see our previous styling and profiling stance.
Nothing beats Costa Rica...period. But the Elroy - Sparta caves were pretty darn cool too.
A Wisconsin must see.
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