Fall Arrives

The fall season arrived officially on September 22, but fall colors arrive on their own time.  I am out on the Kickapoo River to survey for a deadfall removal project.  I am in the front of the canoe, mapping and fidgeting with my GPS locator.  Then I look up and...

The Great Wisconsin Bucket List

Editor’s note: I found this blog written by Owen Gibson to be inspiring and hope you do too. Don't Blink Trailer | The Great Wisconsin Adventure Story from Don't Blink on Vimeo. In April of 2014 my best friend, Gregory, lost his Mom to cancer. She was...

Winter’s gift

A small child is looking at me.  I’m at a “Wake up Santa” event with my grandchildren and a small child is looking at me expectantly. She’s perhaps six or seven with eyes as wide as her smile. I think she has confused me with someone else so I look away. But her eyes...

Cruising Driftless Wisconsin

My wife and I were invited by her sister and brother-in-law to tour the back roads of Vernon County north of Viroqua.   I was riding shotgun, which involves the strenuous duty of returning the waves of admiring spectators.  If there’s a better way to experience the...

Dropping into the Kickapoo Valley

            On this day, a coniferous forest accessible by hiking, biking, and horse trails greets me at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve boundary. ‘Old’ Highway 131 now serves as a trailhead leading into the Reserve’s interior.  Signs announce that trails will soon be...