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Building a summery “bucket list”

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Greg Peck
March 21, 2013

Each day, it seems, we gaze outside and look at those stubborn piles and wonder when all this snow will melt. We toss on our winter parkas and trudge begrudgingly outdoors to warm up the car. Hey, we donít need 80 degrees like it was around this time last March. We just like a day or two of temperatures NEAR NORMAL. Wouldnít that be nice?

Such thoughts were rattling around my head Wednesday when I was checking out Rock Countyís website for information on the new Aging and Disability Resource Center. Thatís when I stumbled across the link to the countyís parks system.

Yes, I want to get to Beckman Mill this year. My wife, Cheryl, and I havenít taken advantage of many of the countyís parks (Did you know the county lists 22 parks and recreation areas?). I love the stunning views from atop Magnolia Bluff, and we took a walk around Carver-Roehl Park many years ago.

Iíve heard about Beckman Mill repeatedly, and having grown up in the Dane County village of Marshall, where Blaschkaís mill was for many decades the focal point of the community, Iím intrigued by the idea of visiting Beckman not only for the parkís purported beauty and to walk the nature trail but to see the mill operating during one of the parkís special events. The Beckman-Howe Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of Beckman Mill have a series of events again planned for 2013, and the mill will grind grain during opening day May 4.

Iím hoping to make it to one of these events this year. Iíve added it to my summertime ďbucket list.Ē Unfortunately, the bucket list I created last year has lots of leftover things to see and do. I ran out of time and money to check off all of them. Holdovers include visiting Interstate State Park, which I hear has beautiful hiking trails, and canoeing the Kickapoo River.

Which county parks have you visited? Which county or state parks are on your bucket list for this year?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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