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  • Rolling Out the Red Carpet in Beloit

    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, 08/25/2016

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  • Charming Elkhart Lake

    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, 07/07/2016

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  • Walking in Waupaca

    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, 06/09/2016

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  • Celebrating 50 Walks!

    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, 05/12/2016

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  • Sunny Superior

    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, 10/22/2015

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  • Beautiful Princesses, Breathtaking Paths, & a Bit of Pie

    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, 10/21/2015

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  • Oh no, it’s not fall yet!

    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, 08/25/2015

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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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