Despite the wet weather, the fall colors in St. Germain were absolutely gorgeous for our last walk of 2016. St. Germain is an excellent tourist destination in Wisconsin anytime of year, and I am so glad I had the chance to visit. I want to thank Penny Wiesmann from the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce and Cindy Burzinski from Vilas County Tourism for all the work they did to make my stay so special!
Tue, 10/11/2016Read More
What a day! Our 54th Walk was spent in the charming town of Sparta. After just a few hours, I quickly learned Sparta has so much to offer—from beautiful bike paths to gorgeous bridges to downtown shops. Big thanks to Tim Hyma and the entire Sparta Chamber of Commerce staff for making the day absolutely wonderful.
Tue, 09/20/2016Read More
What a way to celebrate the 53rd Walk! Beloit certainly rolled out the red carpet for us, everything was absolutely wonderful. Big thanks to Secretary Stephanie Klett for making her hometown the best walk yet!
When I arrived at Beckman Mill, I was impressed with its charm and natural beauty. I was greeted by over 70 eager participants, all ready to enjoy the warm summer day. I had a chance to visit with so many local folks; it was great meeting so many people. Secretary Klett welcomed everyone to Beloit, and we were ready to get started.
Thu, 08/25/2016Read More
I was greeted by so many friendly faces upon my arrival to the Osthoff Resort. The Osthoff sits quaintly on the shore of Elkhart Lake, surrounded by the beautiful woods of Kettle Moraine. We met Lola Roeh, general manager of The Osthoff, who gave us a wonderful tour, teaching us the deep history of the Resort. Can you believe that the original Osthoff Resort opened its doors in 1886?
Thu, 07/07/2016Read More
Thanks to everyone who joined me for the 51st Walk in Waupaca last week! It was a perfect sunny spring day on The River Ridge Trail. I was joined by so many people from the community of all ages—I am so glad they all came out to enjoy such a wonderful Wisconsin trail with me!
Thu, 06/09/2016Read More
Looking back to our very first walk in High Cliff State Park back in June of 2011, it is hard to believe we have traveled to 50 different beautiful locations all across the state. I am so grateful to everyone who has made this possible, and all of those who have attended each of the walks along the way!
The evening before the walk, we had a delicious dinner at Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse in Egg Harbor with the Governor’s Council on Tourism and other members of the Door County Visitor’s Bureau staff. We enjoyed a beautiful evening and a gorgeous sunset overlooking the bay. It was a wonderful way to start this milestone event!
Thu, 05/12/2016Read More
I can hardly believe it! Walk number 48 is marked in the records, and it was a great one! Since we were so far north in Superior, we expected this to be a chilly walk! But, the sun came out and treated us to a beautiful day for a walk through the Superior Municipal Forest!
Thu, 10/22/2015Read More
What a beautiful fall day! When we arrived at the Ice Age Center in Interstate Park, I was lucky enough to be greeted by five beautiful young ladies, all members of the Miss St. Croix Falls Program. From 2nd grade to Juniors in high school, having Sophie, Adrienne, Shannon, Naveah and Madi’s company was a real treat. I was so impressed they walked with us the entire time—even with their crowns on!
Wed, 10/21/2015Read More
The chilly 56° air in Minocqua the morning of my 46th Walk With Walker was a friendly reminder that fall is just around the corner! Named after the Bearskin Creek that runs alongside the path, the Bearskin State Trail provides a wonderful shaded path for bikers and walkers alike.
Tue, 08/25/2015Read More
We just wrapped up another beautiful summer walk just minutes outside of Madison in Middleton. Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett joined me on this walk in the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor, which is a wonderful shaded oasis that runs along a lush stream with the sounds of the creek adding to the peaceful atmosphere. Although the Park was surrounded almost entirely by urban development, the trail was tranquil and serene. The Pheasant Branch Conservancy is well-known to avid birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. We were fortunate to have a few “birders” along who were more than willing to share their knowledge of the sounds, sights and flights of a variety of native birds.
Wed, 08/12/2015Read More