Happy July 4th to our readers. This is a day for family and reflection. Martha and I are taking a leisurely morning to drink coffee and to write in journals and plan our day. Sitting here in the campground watching all of the campers wake and come out to see what their day looks like. We both like watching people and especially the young kids having fun at the campground.
We decided to visit some nearby State Parks today. First on the list was “Roche-A-Cri” state park near Friendship, Wisconsin. While on our way we passed a rock formation called “Ship Rock.”
Ship Rock is a rock edifice out in the middle of the sand plains of Wisconsin. The sand plains were originally “Pine Barrens.” The barrens are largely gone due to extensive farming in this area. This bit of sandstone bluff was left behind by the glaciers. Geologists say that the top of this rock was above the glacier during the ice age.
“Roche-A-Cri Mound” meaning “rock with a crevice” contains old growth pine and oak trees. The “mound” is the remains of a Cambrian sandstone mesa rock outcrop and was one an island in a sea of glacial ice. The summit of the mound is about 300′ above the adjacent sand plains that surrounds it. Looking at it from the plains below it has a large cleft in the south face and a flat top. It was a landmark for early settlers who used it as a guide post. Native American petroglyphs and pictographs at the base of the southern face.
I have mixed feelings about Wisconsin State Parks (no, we haven’t stayed in one yet). The state has gone the extra mile to keep the parks as natural and pristine as possible. However, the camping areas are to small for big rigs and limbs are also too low for them. I’m guess that this is probably done on purpose.