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August 28th, 2008 – by: freak0ut
There is a 15 acre wooded area located south of the UEC. It's an amazing place to hike within the city limits, but not with a constant reminder that you are still in the city. I love going there throughout the different seasons. When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an explorer when I grew up. This area gives me and my daughter that opportunity. We've gotten to know the trails because we have visited so often, but we also always find something new. You can walk for hours if you wind through the trails. It's also an incredible place to see wildlife. Among the more exotic (for Milwaukee) animals we've seen are coyote, deer, and snakes... we're pretty much The Crocodile Hunter.
Actually, just a small warning here. If you're the easily frightened, not really adventurous but enjoy a stroll through the park now and then type, and you decide to walk along the East Bank Trail, it's still a fabulous walk. Just stick to the man-made trail, don't wander down the natural ones to get a closer look at the river, especially in the summertime when everything grows very high and you can't see where you're going. I can almost guarantee there are creatures lurking in there. You might not see them, but that will probably freak you out more when you hear them race past you. And the worst thing ever is a screaming girl that you can't see in the woods, screaming about a snake or a large insect.
Although we have hiked in every direction, our average hike begins at the UEC and then takes us south until we reach the end of the trail. Afterwards, we emerge onto Brady Street where we eat a fine meal at either Jimmy John's or the Dogg Haus, and then we take either the 15 or 30 bus to get us back downtown. Which reminds me that I have no idea how to find Riverside Park or the UEC in a car. It's makes sense to some extent because I don't drive a car (because I am both a.) a hippie and b.)poor.) But I'm also an idiot because I don't even know what street it's on. When people ask me where this great place I'm always talking about is, I tell them it's close to Riverside High School, and hope they know where that is (and they usually don't). One time, a friend of mine was having her son's birthday party at the park, and needed me to come and watch the picnic tables while she went to get food. My sister (who gets lost everywhere she goes) gave me a ride, and I made her drive me around the city for like an hour before I finally figured it out. My advice, take the 15 bus to Park Place, and you'll see the park. And then walk, some exercise will do you some good!
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