A Sticky Situation at the Monastery
Monastery Falls (also known as Novitiate) on Wisconsin’s Red River cascades ten feet in elevation over a distance of 200 feet. The second drop can sometimes be sticky. Some say sucky. Before launching last evening with the Tuesday evening regulars from NEWP, I handed my video camera to Angela to capture some of the fun.
On my first run I made it past the sticky part but then overturned in the subsequent froth and traversed up-side-down for a bit, rolling up on my second try. By the way, my second run went much better. I managed to remain upright. There’s no video of that, however.
If you’re wondering what that ghostly looking building is in the background, it’s an abandoned mansion that was a monastery for many years. Hence the name of the nearby falls. The history of the building includes a 1975 incident in which a group of armed Native Americans seized the property and occupied it for more than a month in a standoff with the Wisconsin National Guard. Read the fascinating story here.
Here’s a more recent video. Further evidence of the stickiness of that drop at certain levels.