August 2013

The Historic Red Mill

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The Red Mill, Covered Bridge, and Chapel-in-the-Woods, located on the Crystal River in Waupaca, is one of my favorite places.

Yesterday, I took a glorious bike ride to this site, from the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast, enjoying the back-country scenic roads early in the morning, before the week's heat wave took over the day.

Although only several miles from the Inn, taking a more interesting ride, I turned it into a wonderful 15 mile adventure. It is located on County Road K.

It is a peaceful and tranquil spot, where the Crystal River bends and twists slowly, and calls for you to sit at its bank, and just relax for awhile. I had no problem listening, as I found a swing, and just watched the river and the surroundings. It really is lovely.

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The grist mill itself, was built in 1855 to grind grain for the farmers in the area. This Crystal River Mill ran for over 100 years. This 24 foot water wheel is purely decorative today and is a reminder of the history of that time.

Although the covered bridge was built around 1970, it is picturesque, and brings you across the Crystal River to the Chapel-in-the-Woods. Walk along its path to the backside of Nelson Park and back again is a short, but nice walk. In Nelson Park, is an adorable little bridge, bringing you to a small island. I have always wanted to do a picnic there. I will have to do that next time!

I never get tired of exploring the Waupaca area, as I continue to find hidden treasures and slices of Americana. The Red Mill is a special place to spend a bit of time and I shall ride my bike back there often. I seem to see something new in nature, each time I go.