It had been a month since my last little trip to work from the road, so I decided to spend a few days at a park I’d never been to less than 2 hours from home—Bong State Recreational Area near Burlington, Wisconsin, about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago.
Now before you start thinking why on earth the State of Wisconsin would name a state park after a piece of marijuana paraphernalia..they didn’t! The park was named after Richard Bong, a notable World War II pilot who grew up in the area.
Since it’s a Rec Area rather than a State Park, I had previously avoided it thinking that it’d just be filled with a bunch of loud, smelly ATV’ers. Fortunately, the park is huge and has plenty of room for the ATV and Motorcycle crowd, the horseback riders, the fishing and paddling folks, and the birder/nature-lovers…oh, and also the dog swimmers!
All of our local dog swimming holes seem closed this year or just too polluted to take a chance on, so I’ve had to take Millie out of town to do her favorite summer pastime. I also had just got a new inflatable canoe that I wanted to test out, so Bong looked like the destination.
We had a great time! The campground mid-week was empty and quiet, yet being so near the Milwaukee/Chicago metro areas, we had excellent cellular and digital TV signals. So tech-wise, it was a great spot to work from.
The lake was a 1 1/2 mile hike from the campground through a nicely restored prairie with tons of wildflowers, birds, and a few small ponds along the way