We kicked off the 61st walk, our last of 2017, in Cable, WI. Despite the crisp fall weather on Tuesday, we started with a pontoon boat ride on Lake Namakagon. Our boat captain, Henry Rieckhoff, gave us a smooth and picturesque ride to Garmisch, USA for dinner. We enjoyed Brandy Old Fashions and a wonderful German dinner with the Wisconsin Tourism Council. I had time to talk with eight wonderful women who have been meeting once a year since college. Cable was their destination this year!
Thu, 10/05/2017Read More
Our 59th Walk took place in New Holstein at Kiwanis Park. I was greeted by many friendly faces and the American Legion upon my arrival. Before we started out our short walk through the Kiwanis Prairie, the American Legion posted the colors and everyone participated in a Walk with Walker group picture. During the walk, I was able to visit and see the stunning Butterfly and Bur Oak gardens. I learned that the prairie and gardens are maintained by LuAnn Buechel, who is a Prairie Naturalist, along with Master Gardeners and volunteers in the community.
Following the walk, we had a wonderful lunch at the Altona Supper Club.
When we were finished with our lunch, we continued our tour of New Holstein.
Fri, 07/28/2017Read More
Platteville gave us a warm welcome for our 58th Walk with Walker despite the weather. Intrepid folks that they are, everyone wore rain suits and brought umbrellas as we gathered at the Platteville Chamber of Commerce office. After a quick photo we began the walk.
Wed, 06/28/2017Read More
What a great way to start Walk with Walker in 2017! We had a wonderful time in Port Washington, taking in historic sites, commemorating our veterans, and even had a special guest – my husband, Scott, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin! Port Washington has so much to offer tourists, especially in the warm summer months right off the cost of beautiful Lake Michigan.
Tue, 05/09/2017Read More
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