Again headed south in the morning with a stop at the grocery store to add to our fresh vegetable supply. After a quick stop for a picnic lunch in Black River Falls, we found Wildcat Mountain State Park where we were meeting Steven, Sarah, Wyatt, and Clay for the weekend. Our camping situation turned out to be a little difficult. We had reservations, but they were for the horse camp. The horse camp is beautiful and we would have loved to stay there, but here they will only allow you to camp in the horse camp if you bring your horse. Fortunately there was a space available in the regular camp (opening up later in the afternoon) and, even more fortunate, that space backed right up to the space Steven had reserved.
We spent an hour hiking a 2.5 mile trail through the woods – oak, pine, maple, and birch then drove into Ontario, the nearest town, so we could text Steven (no cell service for AT&T in this area) from the Wi-Fi at the public library. Then we set up camp and waited for Steven et al who arrived about 8:15.
The next couple of hours were spent getting caught up with Wyatt and Clay, adding sticks to our fire, and roasting marshmallows.
Wildcat Mountain State Park Review: A small campground with about 30 spaces spread out among the trees. About 1/3 of the sites are carry-in sites for tents – very large and private. There are flush toilets and showers and a couple of pit toilets. Great hiking trails. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. (The horse camp is about 2 miles away with a little more than a dozen long, wooded sites suitable for large horse trailers. Most of these sites have electric. There is a corral for the horses and many horse trails leading away from the camp into the woods.