Camped five nights at Devil's Lake, WI.

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  1. Revinmama

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    I was scheduled to attend a business event in Rock Springs, WI, but did not want to stay in the venue's dorm rooms or eat their cafeteria food, so I checked in to the state park. I attended meetings all morning and again in the evening, but had each afternoon as free time at my camp site.

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    I wanted to cook as much as possible over the fire, so I had to prep the wood I bought at the camp store. It was hard oak, and I struggled with feather sticks. Ended up with more broken-off curls than feathers. I need way more practice. I used birch bark as the base to which I added little shreds of fat wood, and lit it with a ferro rod.

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    Some of what I cooked in my camp Dutch oven or on the grill included bannock/biscuits, spam "steak," Cornish game hen and potatoes.

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    I saved the 2 extra biscuits for lunches of cheese and PBJ. This Spam was the best! It tasted like chicken. ;)

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    Then the next night, I had real "chicken."

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    Continued . . .
     
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    I used canister stoves for when it was not possible or convenient according to my time constraints to cook over the fire, easy stuff like SpaghettiOs with Little Smokies, Ramen, etc. For this breakfast, I heated corned beef hash on one stove while boiling eggs on the other.

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    There was a serious rain storm the first night, complete wind, thunder and lightning. My tent didn't leak, and my $5 thrift store dining canopy did not blow down. The next morning, there were racoon tracks in the mud all around my picnic table, and up on the bench and all over my table cloth (shower curtain). It's good that I never leave out food or trash.

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    I was excited to see berries growing in my camp because that gave me the opportunity to use the "Wild Berries & Fruits" book a friend recently gave me. Unfortunately, the plant turned out to be bush honeysuckle, which the book says is inedible.

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    When other campers pull up stakes and move on, I like to scrounge around their site for items they might have left: extra wood, tent stakes or 50 feet of cordage.

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    I only had time to fish a couple hours one morning and one evening. Emphasis on the fishing, not the catching. I need a fishing mentor!

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    This well may be the most refreshing business trip I have ever taken!

    Marlene
     
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    Hey! I'm headed there tomorrow with my eldest daughter and her family. Never camped there before, and, honestly, I'm just along for the ride. They're doing all the cookin' and cleanin', although I'll fish and hopefully carve some. Maybe I'll run into you...
     
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    Looking good, looks like a fine time.
     
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    Spam Steak? ;)
     
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    Well, it would be wonderful to meet you, but I arrived back in home in Milwaukee this afternoon. I unloaded my gear, started laundry, and then jumped on the computer to file this trip report.

    It was my first time there as well. A friend from the area told me to fish the south shore rather than the north, so that's what I did.

    Marlene
     
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    Sort of like "tube steak."

    Marlene
     
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    Marlene, you did better than I EVER did as a road warrior. I traveled for a living for quite a few years. I would carry a backpack and some simple gear for evening hikes, but never even thought of camping! DUH!

    Way to go, wow! This ‘room’ is much better than any I ever had.

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    FIVE BUCKS for that shelter? Another WOW.

    Good for you!
     
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    LOL, I'll stick with Spam steak :)

    Looks like a nice setup.
     
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    Good food and good times, thanks for the trip report.
     
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    What a great opportunity to get some outdoor time while still getting some business done. Sounds like a worthwhile trip.
     
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    Now that's living right,I have been wanting to get over there.
     
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    Ya done well, and enjoyed yerself young lass. :59: :dblthumb: :59:. joe
     
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    That looks so peaceful and relaxing, thanks for sharing sis.
     
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    Hey @Revinmama with business trips like that, who needs vacations. That was an awesome way to make the best of a worky(it's in the dictionary, look it up:55:)situation. Nice job, and thanks for sharing!
     
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    What a cool way to spend a work conference. I would do that in a heartbeat. Thank you for bringing us along.
     
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    Excellent idea! Gives me something to think about for my next business trip...

    Thanks for taking us along!
     
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    Epic. Truly epic. You did so well with this I am at a loss for words. ,:)

    So cool..:)
     
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    We used to go up there when we lived in Milwaukee. I remember seeing ice fishing huts, and people ice racing their cars in the wintertime. No joke.
     
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    What a great trip.
    Food, fire and your “room” were awesome!
     
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    Business events are brutal, as so keenly documented here.
     
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    Is this the lake that jas the pyramid at the bottom of it?
     
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    I don't know anything about that.

    Marlene
     
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    WOW! Now that's an awesome business trip! Very cool of you cram so much outdoor action into such a task. Some people might just go on a quick hike...you camped out for days! Just awesome!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    That the best 'hotel/motel' room I have ever seen! Even the food was better then room service fare.

    Thanks for taking us along on this "business trip".
     
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    HA. "Business Trip?" Is that what you told everybody back home? In all seriousness though. What a great idea. Forget the rooms and bad food. EVERYTHING tastes better when cooked on a campfire. I bet you could grill up a flip flop over a fire and it would still be palatable.
     
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    Great place to camp.
    South shore used to have old concrete stairs at and sunk off the waters edge but they removed them when they rehabbed the road. Still a productive area but you have to move around.
    The side by the tracks has some boulders (in a certain spot) as big as cars and can be very productive.

    If your in somewhat good shape, the trail up one of the the bluff’s is worth the effort. Great views up there.

    And don’t forget The Dell’s Dam.

    Looking across at the south shore.
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    Dell’s Dam has shore access if you look around.
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    Caught this young Sturgeon at the boulder pile by the Dam thinking it was a Flathead. Revived and released right away.
     

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