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Trails and Casinos

August 19, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Although it was hot and humid Sunday afternoon, I decided to make a trek to the Upper Sioux State Park and go hiking. And for the first time in my life, I bought a yearly park pass. Now I can go to Camden State Park and not have to pay that pesky $7 daily fee if I spontaneously want to go to the swimming area or just wander on one of the trails. And it’s good until the end of next August. Yea!

Since I’m not familiar with the trails in the Upper Sioux State Park, I chose to stay on the Hiking Club one. It’s nice and shaded, not too hot.

At first.

Pretty soon the 3 p.m. sun started beating down, and I’m sweating all over. I finally sit down at a picnic table by the river.

Then I headed back the way I came so I wouldn’t get totally lost and get heatstroke. Climbing up one of the steep inclines was a little challenging. Sweat, sweat. Pant, pant. OK, here’s the road. I’m going the right way. Yea, we made it to the picnic shelter. I turn the water fountain on. Water shoots about 20 or so feet in the air. Alrighty then, let’s kick this down a notch, so I can get a drink. Next on my agenda was the swings. Nobody was around, so why not?

I intended to go to Prairie’s Edge to have dinner. I’m not one for casinos. My parents on the other hand.....Let’s just say they have player’s cards at St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, Wis. I played and lost a total of $3. One of the machines even ate my dollar without letting me play or registering that I had credit. Oh well, probably would’ve lost it in two minutes anyways.

I went to the buffet, picking out stuffed shells, wild rice pilaf and BBQ meatballs and salad (quite the mixture). It was pretty good. I did eat a little too much, but it was worth it.


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