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Summit Peak | Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Summit Peak | Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Last summer, we traveled to the Porcupine Mountains for a weekend of adventure. One of my favorite parts of the trip was climbing to the top of Summit Peak to watch the sunset.Summit Peak is an out-and-back trail that brings you to a 50-foot tall observation tower....

Prairie Dells Scenic Area

Prairie Dells Scenic Area

The Prairie Dells Scenic Area is an awesome hidden gem in central Wisconsin. It's almost like the lesser-known, little sister of the Eau Claire Dells! Located about 10 miles northeast of Merrill, it features a large river gorge, a wooded forest, and rocky...

Grandfather Falls

Grandfather Falls

Grandfather Falls is a beautiful series of small cascades that tumble over rocks in a section of the Wisconsin River. It's located about 13 miles north of Merrill off of Highway 107 (see map below) and a great spot to go hiking in central Wisconsin!As you drive north...

Making Maple Syrup: A Guide for Beginners

Making Maple Syrup: A Guide for Beginners

This guide is for the hobbyist.Our second maple syrup season has come to a close here in northern Wisconsin and it was a success! Twenty-two pints of fresh Wisconsin syrup currently sit in our fridge, ready to be devoured. The process of making maple syrup from...

DIY Maple Syrup Evaporator on a Budget

DIY Maple Syrup Evaporator on a Budget

Last year, we boiled our sap over an open fire; you can see a photo of it in this blog post. The problem with this setup was that the smoke would swirl around our pots of sap, which ultimately caused our syrup to have a smokey, campfire flavor to it. Not exactly what...

My Beginner Fishing Rod

My Beginner Fishing Rod

Last summer I decided to try fishing and, to my surprise, ended up really loving it! I've fished before - my parents took me as a kid and I occasionally tossed in a line throughout my adult life - but I hadn't truly gotten into it until now. I had absolutely no idea...

Maple Syrup Season 2020

Maple Syrup Season 2020

It's that time of year again! Sean and I have started tapping trees in order to make our very own maple syrup. We did this for the first time last year and now we're giving it another go! If you're interested, click here to read Part 1 and Part 2 of our 2019...

Washburn Trails, Rhinelander, WI

Washburn Trails, Rhinelander, WI

The other week, a few friends and I headed to the Washburn Trails, located about 20 minutes west of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In the winter, it offers 15 miles of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking. There's a heated shelter, a good-sized...

A Map of All the Wisconsin Winter Candlelight Hikes

A Map of All the Wisconsin Winter Candlelight Hikes

Candlelight hikes are becoming more and more popular here in Wisconsin. It's a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the winter landscape. Depending on the event, you can ski, snowshoe, or hike the lantern-lit trails. To see if there's one near you, I've created a map...

Raven Trail

Raven Trail

Last week, my mom and I had a girls day in Minocqua. We did some antiquing, went out to lunch, and just spent some quality time together. It ended being a gorgeous and sunny day so around mid-afternoon we laced up our hiking boots and went for a fall hike on the Raven...

Kayaking Through The Fall Colors

Kayaking Through The Fall Colors

It has been quite a rainy fall this year but these last few days have been really beautiful. The temperatures have warmed up and the sun finally decided to come back out. I figured I should take advantage of this gorgeous fall weather (considering what the weekend...

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

Yesterday, I decided to take a drive to see how the fall colors were coming along. I ended up finding this little spot called Alta Springs State Fishery Area. Located in Lincoln County, just 20 minutes northeast of Merrill, this small section of public land is a...

View Wisconsin’s Fall Colors at These Five Overlooks

View Wisconsin’s Fall Colors at These Five Overlooks

Autumn is quickly approaching here in Wisconsin! If you're looking for some good vantage points this season, here are five overlooks where you can view Wisconsin's fall colors from above. Timm's Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin with an elevation of 1,951 feet. A...

The Eddyline Rio: Features and Specs

The Eddyline Rio: Features and Specs

Earlier this year, I partnered with Eddyline Kayaks and have been testing out the Rio. The Rio is specifically designed for the small to medium-sized paddler and weighs in at only 35 lbs. Today, I wanted to do a more detailed blog post about this kayak and the various...

Two Fall Wardrobe Pieces I’ll Be Wearing All Season Long

Two Fall Wardrobe Pieces I’ll Be Wearing All Season Long

This fall-like weather we've been having lately prompted me to do a bit of seasonal shopping. Today, I thought I'd share two new fall wardrobe pieces that I've recently added to my closet and have been loving so far!The first item is a pair of the Levi Wedgie Icon...

Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain

Whenever we travel, I always like to have a list of detour spots that we can stop at along the way. I like to keep within a 20-mile radius so that we're not deviating too far from our original route. So when we were on our way up to the Porcupine Mountains, we decided...

Sylvania Wilderness | Clark Lake, Michigan

Sylvania Wilderness | Clark Lake, Michigan

Just across Wisconsin’s northern border in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an area called Sylvania Wilderness. Located entirely within the Ottawa National Forest, Sylvania offers 18,000 acres of pristine lakes and old-growth forests. It was a beautiful summer...

Strawberry Picking at Engelberry Farm

Strawberry Picking at Engelberry Farm

This morning, my mom and I met in Merrill to go strawberry picking at Engelberry Farm! It was a beautiful, sunny morning and a little on the cooler side - perfect berry picking conditions! Last year when we went strawberry picking, it was about 90 degrees out with no...

Corrigan’s Lookout

Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Okay, I'm officially obsessed with this homemade ice cream. I've never made ice cream before - I've always assumed I'd need a special machine. But this no-churn recipe blew me away! I honestly was expecting it to have very little flavor given how few ingredients there...

Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Getting up for sunrise at this time of year isn't the easiest but the early morning views usually make up for it. It was about 5:15 am when I unloaded my kayak on Lake Nokomis, a popular lake near Tomahawk, Wisconsin.The lake is in both Oneida and Lincoln counties; a...

A Seasonal Berry Guide for Wisconsin

A Seasonal Berry Guide for Wisconsin

Berry picking is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. There’s something so satisfying about having a pail full of berries, carefully hand-picked and ready to eat. In this seasonal berry guide, you’ll find ripening dates, top-rated farms, and past berry-related posts.

Partnering with Eddyline Kayaks

Partnering with Eddyline Kayaks

I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Eddyline Kayaks, a manufacturer of premier touring kayaks and paddles! As their Midwest brand ambassador, I’ll be sharing a lot of kayaking blog posts and photos over the course of the summer and fall. I can't wait to get...

Fishing with Instagrammer Kaitlin Woodward

Fishing with Instagrammer Kaitlin Woodward

If you scroll through Kaitlin Woodward's Instagram page, you'll notice that she's quite the skilled fisherwoman. Her feed is filled with photos of her and her husband, Josh, smiling at the camera and holding up some impressively-sized fish. We had been following each...

A Solo Hike in the Northwoods

A Solo Hike in the Northwoods

I got the urge to go exploring the other day so I packed up my things and started driving. I ended up at this little lake in northern Wisconsin which I've been to a few times before. It's one of my go-to places because it's usually quiet and there's nobody ever there....

An Early Morning Paddle

An Early Morning Paddle

I've been checking the weather nearly every day, waiting for the right conditions to head out in the canoe for the first time this year. Yesterday morning was it. Full sun, no wind, ice-free, and the loons had returned... There was no way anything was stopping me. So...

Making Maple Syrup: Part 2

Making Maple Syrup: Part 2

Read Part 1 here!Over the last few weeks, Sean and I have been hard at work making maple syrup from scratch. The process started in late March and ended in mid-April. Every other day, we would head into the woods to check on the maple trees that we had tapped. When...

Making Maple Syrup: Part 1

Making Maple Syrup: Part 1

Let me preface this post by saying Sean and I are complete beginners when it comes to making maple syrup. Neither of us has done this before so we've just been researching everything. This is something we decided to do on a whim and thought it'd be a fun little...

WinMan Trails

WinMan Trails

I've been wanting to check out the WinMan Trails for a while now and this weekend I finally got around to it! This 1,300-acre silent sport destination is located between Winchester and Manitowish Waters, hence the shortened name, WinMan :)5 miles of snowshoe trails,...

The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing in the Northwoods

The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing in the Northwoods

The Northwoods of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan offer some of the most astounding stargazing opportunities in the Midwest. The cold winter nights, the smaller towns, and the sprawling forests provide dark skies excellent for stargazing.

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

I'm always on the hunt for public land that I can explore. Especially land that's still somewhat undiscovered. That's why I was so stoked to come across the Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area. Eighty-eight acres of towering hemlocks and rolling hills make it an...

Gear Review: Pansel Snowshoes

Gear Review: Pansel Snowshoes

One of my favorite purchases this winter have been my new snowshoes! I bought them off of Amazon a few weeks ago (I went with the 25-inch pair) and have been testing them out ever since. So today, I thought I'd do a short review on them! Overall, I really like these...

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot to snowshoe in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I’ve got just the place: Fallison Lake Trail. Located just 13 miles northeast of Minocqua, Fallison Lake Trail will not only get your heart rate up, but it will also offer stunning views and a peaceful, outdoor experience.

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

It's been quite the unusual winter this year in Wisconsin. Usually, at this point, we have a few feet of snow on the ground but right now, the front yard has just a dusting. So the other day, when southern Wisconsin was calling for a snowstorm with up to a foot of...

Maiden Rock Bluff

Maiden Rock Bluff

On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Just ten minutes south of Boulder Junction, you'll find Fallison Lake - a cute little...

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...

Wild Blueberry Picking in Northern Wisconsin

Wild Blueberry Picking in Northern Wisconsin

Wild blueberry patches are finally starting to ripen around here in Wisconsin so today, my mom and I drove up near Boulder Junction where we've gone picking before. It's a secret patch we found, right off of a random dirt road. I've been on the hunt for an old, wooden...

Lakeview Berry Farm

Lakeview Berry Farm

Of all the summer activities, berry picking is one of my favorites. Check out this delightful berry farm just south of Wausau, WI!

Calm Waters and Loon Calls

Calm Waters and Loon Calls

The other night, we went for a canoe ride. The lake was like glass and the weather was warm. Dragonflies darted about and a loon decided to make a visit.

Canoeing the Kickapoo River

Canoeing the Kickapoo River

Sean and I had quite the adventure on the Kickapoo River this past Memorial Day weekend. So today, I’m sharing our experience and what we did and didn’t like about it.

The First Canoe Ride

The First Canoe Ride

Canoeing has always been a pretty big part of my life. My parents have had their kevlar canoe for as long as I can remember – taking it on backwoods canoe trips or quiet rides around the lake. When I was really little, I’d sit in the middle, sometimes trailing my hand through the cool water.

Wisconsin Snowshoeing Guide

Wisconsin Snowshoeing Guide

Snowshoeing can be a super fun winter activity. Here is my ultimate guide for snowshoeing in Wisconsin!

Blackberry Lemon Scones

Blackberry Lemon Scones

I have a very distinct memory of when I tried a scone for the first time. I was staying at a hostel in Galway, Ireland, having breakfast with my travel partner Emily. It was a nice hostel, clean and airy, unlike some of the previous ones we had stayed in. Early...

When Blackberry Picking is Far From Perfect

When Blackberry Picking is Far From Perfect

Every Tuesday night, Sean and I have date night. It makes the 50 miles of long distance a little bit easier. For this weeks date night, Sean thought we could go blackberry picking since it's prime season here in Wisconsin (and he knows how much I've gotten into berry...

Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Picking

Since I had had such a great time berry picking at Lakeview Berry Farm a few weeks ago, my next plan was to go blueberry picking. Blueberry season was in full swing and luckily my mom knew of just the right spot. With our blueberry basket in tow, we headed up north to...