Bad news! This morning, while simply walking outside around the front of the RV before we left the Door Peninsula, my knee went out – and I mean OUT! It is excruciating. I can’t straighten my leg at all at this point and although I’ve taken Aleve and Ibuprophen, nothing is dulling the pain or helping loosen it up. I iced it but…nothing! Am using my hiking stick as a cane.
We drove to Lake Winnebago and are staying at a county park in Malone, Wisconsin near to Fond du Lac. It is a nice park on Lake Winnebago but the wind is blowing at around 30-35 mph and it is going to be below freezing tonight. The waters in the lake are frothing from the winds and it is no wonder that the residents’ boats are lifted above the water for mooring.
We did see a wonderful sight this afternoon. We were walking (I was limping) along the canal in the park that leads to the lake and I heard what sounded like an eagle. When we looked up, we saw an osprey circling then diving into the canal for a fish. As it rose above the water with the fish, an eagle swooped from a tree and attacked the osprey for its catch. It was such an incredible sight and something we have never seen. There are a lot of birds here; cedar waxwings, blue heron, some as yet unidentified warblers and the birds of prey. We did not see these on the Door peninsula and only some waterfowl (gulls, mergansers and mallards and cormorants) on Lake Superior.
This area of Wisconsin is filled with farms; dairy and agriculture. We passed the first cheese plant we have seen. There are also a lot of the huge windmills – no doubt because of the lake winds. Lake Winnebago is huge.
We are heading to Baraboo, Wisconsin tomorrow since I can’t really hike or kayak at this point. Hopefully, by the time we get to Devil’s Lake State Park, I will be a little better. There is a big Fall Festival in the Wisconsin Dells this weekend so we are not going to go there as planned.