• 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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  • Thank goodness for no snakes!

    What a beautiful, sunny morning for our walk on Snake Creek Wetlands Trail in Princeton, Wisconsin! I was a little skeptical hearing we were arriving at Swamp Road for the start of our walk, but was glad to know that the ground was fairly dry and there weren’t any snakes or mosquitos in sight! The trail itself was fairly narrow, more like a snowmobile trail, so there were plenty of interesting trees on either side of us to take note of. I haven’t done any of my previous walks on a snowmobile trail, so it was fun to change things up a bit this month.

    Fri, 06/27/2014

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  • Twitterpated!

    You would think that being half way through May we would have warmer spring weather for the walk, but boy would you be wrong! We had a chilly start to our walk, but the sun did decide to come out toward the end and warm us up a bit.

    A group of about 45 people gathered under the pavilion at Dorothy Carnes Park in Fort Atkinson. One thing we started doing before the walk is going around introducing ourselves and where we are from. I love this because it is neat to see where everyone is traveling from, whether it is just up the street or states away sometimes!   

    Mon, 05/19/2014

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  • Hoping April showers really do bring May flowers


    Well, the saying goes “April showers bring May flowers.” Our Thursday morning Walk with Walker at the MacKenzie Center was no exception, but we walk rain or shine so the weather didn’t stop us. However, I do think it kept the locals from joining us on the walk.

    A small group of us in ponchos, rain jackets and umbrellas in hand set out on the Ecology Trail at the Mackenzie Center in Poynette, WI. This is one of five trails that make up the South Trails area of the environmental center.  

    Thu, 04/24/2014

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  • Beautiful, festive gardens

    I thought it was going to be really cold for our last walk of 2013, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sun – it was a perfect day to finish out the year!

    A group of about 25 joined me in Janesville at the Rotary Botanical Gardens and we set out on our 2-mile walk of the Spring Brook Trail. We were all bundled up in our hats, mittens and scarves, which kept us plenty warm to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we walked along the trail. The Spring Brook Trail, which is part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, one of only 11 national scenic trails in the country. As we walked I kept thinking to myself ‘I can’t believe this trail is right in my own backyard.’

    Tue, 11/12/2013

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  • Breathtaking views in Trempealeau

    It was a wonderful afternoon to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views that Perrot State Park has to offer.

    We met at the Nature Center where John Carrier, a park naturalist and our trail guide for the afternoon, gave me a brief tour of the center and a few displays. He also gave me my very first burl souvenir with a laser cut Perrot State Park logo. This was so kind and thoughtful. I love it!

    Tue, 10/22/2013

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