Friday, February 15, 2013

Lunch Break Excursion - Isle of Ferns

I couldn't resist taking an excursion to the Isle of Ferns Park on the tail-end of an extended lunch break from work yesterday. We had gotten 5 inches of wet snow and it was clinging to all the tree branches enticing the photographer inside me; I had to get some pictures of this!

Snow slid from the heavy branches in *splats* on the path below while big snow-blobs continued to fall from the sky. No one had been on the path yet... just a fresh blanket of new snow. I ran along snapping as many pictures as I could while keeping in mind that I needed to get back to work soon. Oh how I wish I could have called in sick yesterday to spend the day out photographing and hiking instead!

Wausau is so lucky to have these little "island" parks along the banks of the Wisconsin River throughout the downtown area. It's a nice break from the hustle and bustle and an awesome place to take a lunch break while getting in a quick walk!

Aerial view of Isle of Ferns Park

This particular island has stone bridges scattered throughout the trail and a big open area in the middle for picnics or playing frisbee, etc. There's a boat launch that will give you access to Lake Wausau and the park connects to the River Edge Parkway for even more walking pleasure. The adjoining park, Oak Island, has a playground for kids, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, picnic shelters and plenty of riverfront footage for fishing. The Wausau Farmer's Market is also held in the open space near the park on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer. For dog owners, there's a small section dedicated to off-leash dogs from 6-9am and 6-9pm.