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  • A Pleasant Pheasant Walk

    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, 08/12/2015

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  • Sunny with Sunny

    We had a fabulous time walking on the Great River State Trail that runs along the Mississippi River! We were lucky to have bright, sunny skies with trees lining either side of the path to keep us shaded.

    This 24-mile long trail is great for bikers and walkers alike. An interesting fact I learned is that the trail was built on an abandoned Chicago-Northwestern railroad line! We had roughly 40 enthusiastic walkers join us on this fun excursion, including Onalaska Mayor, Joe Chilsen. It means so much to have such great community support on my walks!

    Wed, 07/29/2015

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  • State Friendship Trail

    I can see why the Trestle Trail in Menasha is part of the State Friendship Trail – not only did I get a lot of steps in, but I made so many new friends along the way! I couldn’t have been more excited to see so many enthusiastic walkers when I arrived in Fritse Park for my 43rd Walk with Walker. I was so happy to see Dean Kaufert and Don Merkes, the Mayors of Neenah and Menasha respectively, who both joined the walk! The gloriously sunny day, coupled with the cool breeze, made for absolutely perfect walking weather.

    Wed, 07/08/2015

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  • A Tale of Two Rivers!

    What a gorgeous day for walk number 42! High skies, a slight breeze, and plenty of fresh air made this walk a welcome change from our busy lives. I was joined by a cheerful and chatty group of walkers from a wide area of the state. Participants included a few of my neighbors from Maple Bluff as well as walkers from Milwaukee, Janesville, and Prairie du Chien.

    Tue, 06/23/2015

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  • Rain or Shine!

    The first outdoor Walk With Walker of the year took place today.  Stephanie Klett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, joined me, and about 40 other brave and enthusiastic walkers at Naga-Waukee Park, in Waukesha County.  Stephanie joined us as part of her Statewide tour promoting “National Travel and Tourism Week.”  We experienced some of Wisconsin’s famous (or maybe infamous) Spring weather:  48 degrees, winds out of the north, and a steady, cold rain.  But our group was so busy talking and enjoying the beauty of the park, no one seemed to mind the weather.  Our hilly walk took us past beautiful Lake Nagawicka, up and down a boardwalk over wetlands, and through picnic areas and campgrounds th

    Tue, 05/05/2015

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  • Memory lane

    Brrr! Winter is definitely here. We all gathered this morning at Devil’s Lake State Park for the coldest Walk with Walker to date, which is saying a lot since this marks our 40th walk!

    Usually before we start our walks we all meet and I talk about how Walk with Walker was started and then we take a group photo and head out, but it was SO COLD that we took our photo and got walking right away. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of what is to come when winter really hits.

    Wed, 11/12/2014

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  • Way up in the northwoods

    Time really does fly by when you are having fun! I just wrapped up a two-day walk at Timm’s Hill County Park in Ogema and Robert W. Monk Gardens in Wausau. It was a great two days being out in nature, and meeting many different and wonderful people on the trail!  

    Thu, 09/25/2014

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  • Benefitting campus, community

    Fall is definitely in the air! Myself and about another 40 walkers, to include Dr. Gary Miller, UW-Green Bay Chancellor, Georgia, Gary’s wife and students – thank you for joining me! – were happy that the few previous rainy days in Green Bay were behind us and the skies were clear for us to enjoy the cool, but windy weather for our walk through the trails at the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum.

    Fri, 09/05/2014

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  • Home is where the art is

    Well, walk number 35 is in the books! It seems each walk gets better and better, which always makes me excited for the next month!

    Myself and about 25 other walkers gathered in front of Festival Hall in Racine to start our 2-mile walk along the Lake Michigan Pathway and through downtown Racine. I know I said this last month, but we usually don’t walk paved paths and now we have done two in a row. Next month I am determined to get back on a trail!  

    Wed, 08/13/2014

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  • I’ve got the blues

    There was a great group of about 25 people to start our 34th “Walk with Walker” at Deland Park in Sheboygan on Friday morning! My sons Matt and Alex decided to join me on my walk, which it’s always a nice surprise when they are able to come along.  

    Fri, 07/25/2014

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