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Pewitt’s Nest with the Boys   4 comments

Sunday, by all accounts, was a day everyone should have stayed inside. It was 34° and raining. A friend of mine cleaned out his gutters on Sunday, so I suppose you could do worse than taking a hike through the woods.

That’s where our troop was, tromping through the woods enjoying the sights and having a good time.

I hope you enjoy the photos!

 

Skillet Creek runs through the gorge at Pewitt's Nest

Skillet Creek runs through the gorge at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Pewitt's Nest pine bough

Pewitt’s Nest pine bough

 

Water drips off the limestone at Pewitt's Nest

Water drips off the limestone at Pewitt’s Nest

 

A crew of buddies in the woods at Pewitt's Nest

A crew of buddies in the woods at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Shepard on the slide at Pewitt's Nest

Shepard on the slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Sawyer on the Slide at Pewitt's Nest

Sawyer on the Slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Bode on the Slide at Pewitt's Nest

Bode on the Slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Heron and Joe on the Slide at Pewitt's Nest

Heron and Joe on the Slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Bracket Fungi reaching for the sky at Pewitt's Nest

Bracket Fungi reaching for the sky at Pewitt’s Nest

 

The work of large woodpeckers was everywhere at Pewitt's Nest

The work of large woodpeckers was everywhere at Pewitt’s Nest

 

More from the Pewit’s Nest   Leave a comment

American Bittersweet

The photo above was taken as we walked the thin ice of Skillet Creek. On our return trip back to the car this very healthy vine brought in a flock of Cedar Waxwings. The vine had to have been 35 feet long if you account for the corkscrew nature of its course up the host tree.

Our visit was partly an excuse to visit some trout water but is more importantly an opportunity for our kids to get off the well worn paths at home and explore something new. It’s a time when, despite many levels of accommodation on our part, not everything will be prepared for them. They will walk on uneven ground and learn that it isn’t always easy but somehow that’s most of the fun.

Tom and his brood Shephard, Sawyer, and Bode + my oldest Heron resting beside a beautiful pancake root.

While we were out there we found some small invertebrates.

A small Stonefly (order Plecoptera) overwintering as an adult.

A mayfly naiad (order Ephemeroptera) Tom pulled from the underside of stone in Skillet Creek.

These little finds are a terrific way to keep the kids active and thinking critically about even the smallest parts of their world and, by giving them names, providing visual context that puts them in a specific place at a particular time.

I am so thankful that the kids get a kick out this kind of thing as it gives me no end of pleasure too.

It is so cool when the boys find these all on their own. A habit of awareness they can use for their entire lives, in any endeavor, to say nothing of trout-fishing.

The boys really enjoyed this short hike.  And so did I.

Pewit’s Nest – Baraboo   1 comment

Yesterday, before watching the Packers beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, Stephen and I took our boys on a snowy hike to a State Natural Area called “Pewit’s Nest”, just west of Baraboo. The big draw is a waterfall that falls about 10 feet between a gorge that was formed during the last retreat of the glacier.


The Waterfall at Pewit's Nest

The Waterfall at Pewit's Nest



It looks lovely, doesn’t it? I’ m sure it is, and I look forward to seeing it someday.
But yesterday fate had other plans. The snow was generally 1-2 feet deep, so it was slow-going for our troupe. But in spite of the snow, we managed to have a good time and found a new place to explore.


Shepard, Sawyer, Bode, and Heron snacking near Skillet Creek

Shepard, Sawyer, Bode, and Heron snacking near Skillet Creek




 

Skillet Creek runs through the area and appears to be spring-fed as evidenced by areas of open water along its course. It was clear and beautiful, though shallow where the water was open.



Skillet Creek, Sauk County, WI

Skillet Creek, Sauk County, WI



 

Overturned river rocks hid lots of nymphal and larval insects in the process of growing. We also saw a few flies crawling around on the snow. If you’re interested in excellent photos of aquatic insects you should visit Joshua Bergan’s website.



Maybe one of you expert fly tyers can name this fly?

Maybe one of you expert fly tyers can name this fly?



The landscape carved out by Skillet Creek (or perhaps it was by the glacier?) is very pretty. It reminds me of the stream-side cliffs of Willow Creek in northeast Richland County. The cliffs are sandstone and are overhanging in many areas. Our boys enjoyed playing on the rocks.

Sawyer and Heron at Pewit's Nest
Sawyer and Heron at Pewit’s Nest


Shepard with his dog at Pewit's Nest

Shepard with his dog at Pewit's Nest



It seems very likely to me there are trout in Skillet Creek. It is not designated as trout water, but all the right  ingredients are there. Fast-moving, clear, fertile water, connected to the Baraboo River, which has several tributaries that are designated trout streams. I hope to find out this summer!


Pewit's Nest Locator Map

Pewit's Nest Locator Map