Walking Wisconsin

by Free Speech on April 16, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Lodi, WI-4/16/09
by Pete Price

Since retiring to Lodi approximately 3 years ago after having lived overseas for 30+ years, I find myself on a mini-quest to enjoy and learn about this wonderful state of Wisconsin. In my quest I often find myself driving country roads, stopping, grabbing my camera, a bottle of water and taking off on a walk. I stress the term walk as I am not a hiker.

In doing so, I have found myself walking around many of our state parks, a number of lighthouses around the great lakes, portions of state and national trails and just plain off road. I’ve come to the point of looking forward to these walks and thought I would use the Lodi Valley News website as a means of sharing my experiences.

Believe me, I am not an accomplished writer or photographer. Perhaps a few folks will enjoy and get some useful information from my musings. I hope to add to Walking Wisconsin every now and then. So if you are inclined, check back once in awhile to see where I have been walking in Wisconsin.

AZTALAN STATE PARK

Aztalan State Park is located on County Highway Q, Jefferson, Wisconsin very near Lake Mills.
The park is mostly open prairie, with 38 of its 172 acres in oak woods. Because of its openness, it is a great place for enjoying a sunny day, flying a kite, having a picnic, throwing a Frisbee and just plain walking around. It is a great place to take children as there are oodles of open space for them to run around and play without being out of sight of parents.
The park has a picnic shelter; wells; and vault toilets. You can canoe, boat, and catch northern pike, catfish, and walleye in the Crawfish River, but the park does not have a boat launch.
The park is relatively flat with a couple of reconstructed flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. The stockade has been partially reconstructed and surrounds three sides of the village. The Crawfish River serves as a “fence” of sorts for the fourth side. The people who settled Aztalan hunted, fished, and farmed on the floodplain of the Crawfish River.
It is considered to a very important archaeological site. It thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. Evidence shows, however, that it may have been occupied as early as 900 A.D. and as late as the 1830s.

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1 whatup April 16, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Thanks Pete! I look forward to reading and seeing more!

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