Brr! We were welcomed to Baraboo this morning by chilly winds and an overcast sky. I was so excited to kick-off my first walk this year, and pleasantly surprised at the group of people who came out to walk with me along the River Walk trail. We had about 40 people to take on the 2-mile walk.
As you may already know, my father passed away on Easter Sunday. Being able to continue this walk as planned was a great way to honor my dad. Our walk was a nice, even route alongside the Baraboo River. There were several benches along the trail so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful views. I especially loved the sound of the flowing river and chirping Cardinals. There may still be snow on the ground, but the Cardinals were a sure sign of Spring! Along the trail we saw a couple of deer too!
Mon, 04/08/2013Read More
I was pleasantly surprised with an absolutely gorgeous, sunny, calm, and relatively warm day for this last walk of 2012 – it was the perfect way to end a year of walking all throughout this beautiful state!
We gathered at the Stevens Point Visitors Center before heading across the street to begin our walk at the trailhead of the Green Circle State Trail. Even with the leaves mostly all fallen, it was a beautiful trail. I can’t even imagine how nice it is during summer and the peak of fall!
Wed, 11/21/2012Read More
We just wrapped up another fabulous fall walk, this time at the UW Arboretum in Madison, which really took us into a unique piece of Wisconsin’s history. As you can see, the colors were amazing, but after walking the grounds I am certain the Arboretum is beautiful all year round!
We were led by the Arboretum’s naturalist, Kathy, who was incredibly knowledgeable. It was a treat to have her guiding us and teaching us about the plants, history, and ongoing maintenance of the land. One of the most interesting pieces of information Kathy shared with us was that in June of 1934, this land became the world’s first to be restored to its natural state of prairie vegetation and wildlife!
Tue, 10/16/2012Read More
I was looking forward to seeing some fall foliage on my trip up north, but didn’t expect anything like the spectrum of colors we saw! My walk along the Wolf River State Trail offered a great place to enjoy the breathtaking, natural beauty of fall in Wisconsin, and I was lucky enough to share the walk with some of the friendliest people in Forest County — and as usual, a few furry friends too!
We started our walk right where the Wolf River State Trail begins in the quaint city of Crandon. The trail, which was once an old railroad corridor, offered a wide path perfect for enjoying some great conversation with the locals who joined me. The scenery was spectacular, and I loved hearing stories about how the city and trail come alive during the winter months with snowmobilers, ATV’s, and other winter sports.
A brisk fall morning greeted me on Friday, as did many locals at the Florence County Visitors Center, who were eager for a walk on the La Salle Falls Trail! After taking a look at our trail on an electronic map at the center, we had a quick drive down a dirt road, and were then ready to go at the trail head. Since I had to postpone this walk last month because of my appendicitis, I was even more excited to get started and experience the much anticipated 22-foot falls that awaited us!
Getting to the falls was no easy feat – our rustic trail wove up and down through thick woods. I was hoping to see some wildlife, but we were having so much fun and were such a chatty group, we probably scared anything away!
Well I had been looking forward to walking in Door County since even before Walk with Walker became an official initiative, and I certainly was not disappointed!
We began the visit to Door County with a walk in Whitefish Dunes State Park, and I was thrilled to be joined by Scott for this walk! He was in the area for an event earlier in the day, and he made time to come and join me. Everyone was happy to have him there, especially me!
I always tell people that Walk with Walker takes place in rain or shine, and we certainly proved ourselves with this rainy adventure to Rock Island!
After a hot and humid, but sunny day at Whitefish Dunes State Park, we woke up on Thursday morning to clouds, rain, and a wet, chilly breeze for our walk on Rock Island State Park. We hopped aboard the Washington Island Ferry at the Northport Pier and rode it through “Death’s Door” to Washington Island where the adorable “Cherry Train” picked up our group to transport us across the island. We made a few stops along the way, including a stop at the Danish Mill Bakery for coffee, and an impressive Scandinavian style church that was built entirely by people from the island, using only wood and materials from the island itself!
As Secretary Stephanie Klett said today, when we were planning these Walk with Walker events, we had days exactly like today in mind! It was a clear and sunny 75-degrees, and a perfect day to be outside enjoying the beauty of Lake Geneva and the Shoreline Path around Geneva Lake!
A good-sized group of walkers completed a 2.5-mile stretch of the full 21-mile trail before boarding the “Dutchess,” courtesy of Gage Marine and Lake Geneva Cruise Line, for a 40-minute guided tour of the lake and the homes that surround it. “Captain Hawk” shared all kinds of fascinating history with us about the famous “mail-boat,” former mansion owners, and all of the effort it took to run some of those homes.
Thu, 06/14/2012Read More
Even though the day started out a little chilly and overcast, it ended up being a beautiful day for a walk along the La Crosse River State Trail! We gathered at a shelter in Myrick Hixon EcoPark, a wonderful non-profit that works in partnership with the La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department. The park provides and promotes environmental protection and awareness through education, entertainment, events, and exploration of hundreds of miles of hiking trails. It’s really a great place that offers lots of family-friendly fun.
Wed, 05/30/2012Read More
I am always amazed at how much fun it is to get out and see Wisconsin! It was another great walk at Cave of the Mounds this week. It really is amazing we have so many different types of nature, scenery, and landmarks in this beautiful state. Both the rolling hills above the cave, and, the cave itself, were really very beautiful.
Thu, 04/19/2012Read More