|We arrived in Fort Atkinson quite early as it was only 4 hrs from Waterton. The resort is a Coast: Yogi Bear Jellystone Park again this one doesn't officially open until May 24th weekend. The sites here are very uneven no gravel just very soggy grass hard to get your unit level we feel we're slanting quite a bit but we talked to another couple who pulled in just after us and they are the same way. A lot of the spots here are privately owned and so they have limited rental spots. After Sunday us and another couple were about the only four left in the park everyone else had left.
We went for a 6 miles hike to Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds. These mounds are estimated to be between AD 650 and 1200. The story is groups of native Americans throughout the southern half of Wisconsin and portions of adjacent states built earthern mounds of various shapes and sizes, inclding mounds shaped like animals, today called effigy mounds.
The 11 mounds preserved in Jefferson County were part of a larger group of 72 mounds and include symmetrical and animal shapes, resembling birds, turtles or lizards and perhaps spiritual figures.
Mounds likely served ceremonial, spiritual and practical purposes, perhaps marking territories and designating special gathering places. Mounds often, but not always, contain burials.
As we walked around the mounds we are sorry to say that we didn't see any of lizards or other animal shapes we were suppose to see. Maybe we just don't have enough imagination.
We need come across a beautiful area that had trees that crossed that trail we were walking on and at mid-point we came across a covered bridge. Needless to say we were very tired when we came home and we even had to have a nap!