Sister Bay, WI Disc Golf

Sister Bay, WI has tons of fun to offer and now they have added a disc golf course to the mix. Located on Woodcrest Rd. between County ZZ and Scandia Rd., just East of town at the sports complex.

New courses are often hit or miss since we have played many in our area. Sadly, this one has to be added to the miss list for me but here it my review of it anyhow.IMG_1265

Upon arrival you will find ample parking and bathrooms are available.

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We could not find any course map here when we arrived although the course itself is not hard to follow once you locate basket number one.

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It ultimately takes you in a circle around the entire sports complex and back to the parking lot. The entire course is on mowed grass.

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It had one fairly large hill but nothing that is not doable.

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The end of the course brings you through some prairie grass and very near a lot that looked to be for boat/camper storage. For this reason we skipped these two holes since I know I would not want anyone…good or bad….throwing a hard plastic disc near our boat.

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Another thing I did not care for about this course was that if a soccer game for instance would be going on and you accidentally threw your disc incorrectly, it could easily interrupt the other players on the field. The field line is very close to the tee pad #6 that you can see in this picture.

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This is actually where my disc fell on this particular hole…right in the back side of the goal net. Thankfully, no other games were being played at this time.

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For me, this course was not a challenge and it also was not interesting. Mowed grass for the entire course offered no variety. No trees offered no challenge. And if the complex was full and other games such as baseball and soccer would be happening at the same time I can see this as a disaster waiting to happen. I guess in my opinion, its just too much packed into a small area. However, if your looking for a great course just to practice throwing, then this would be a great starting place.

 

 

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Jacksonport, WI Disc Golf Course

We recently played disc golf for the first time at a new course located in Jacksonport, WI. If you are familiar with Door County, WI you know that they have it all….great food, drinks, water sports, unique shopping, great state parks, and now they even have disc golf.

The course is located on County Rd. V just off the main drag in Jacksonport. Easily to locate…just watch for the sports complex.

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The course is 9 baskets and is very easy to follow. All the baskets are very nicely marked which is great if you know anything about disc golf. Some courses are like a maze and you can only hope to be going in the right direction but not this one.

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At the beginning, near the building, you will find the map, a donation box if you wish to donate, and a box with score cards inside.

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The course itself leads through grass, a few small hills, some trees, a pine forest, and  some prairie grass also.

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It’s not a hard course by any means, but it still offers some challenging spots especially if you are like me and often throw it right into the trees and high grass. And then you beg your husband (like I did) to go find it since snakes live in the trees and high grasses…..ewwww!

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Ultimately, the course ends at hole 9 with you throwing right past the baseball/softball field back to where you began at the starting point.

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For me, this course was great. If you are a professional this course would not be any challenge I would think. Although, if your looking to have some family fun or just give this sport a try, I would think it would be perfect. On the plus side, you are very near Lake Michigan and the temperatures are cooler, so depending on when you plan to visit you may need a sweatshirt. The course itself is very well maintained and was not busy when we played on a Saturday during the mid morning hours. I myself, would recommend this to anyone looking to have some fun.

 

 

 

November=58 degrees…In Wisconsin…..Seriously??? Time To Trade In My Whisk For My Hiking Boots Once Again

As you can probably assume from the title, I am one VERY happy person. When I awoke Thanksgiving morning and saw the forecast prediction for the day after Thanksgiving was going to be in the mid 50’s I immediately put things into high gear. I simply looked across the room at my husband and he knew exactly what I was thinking……..he said calmly, “let’s get it all done today so we can hit the trail tomorrow.” I love how he understands me without me even saying a word.

As you can imagine I had a load of things on the to do list to accomplish with four days off for the holiday. We literally packed all our chores into one day, we got in our annual family hike for Thanksgiving morning, plus I made Thanksgiving dinner that same evening. Oh, I was so tired by evening but so happy to be free of the long list and just had a few things that needed tending to before we hit the long trail on Friday afternoon.

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Then Friday arrived and I was excited to get in some warm mileage on a dirt trail once again before the snow arrives full blast. We arrived at our chosen trail head to find just us. I did not mind this at all, I parked our lone vehicle and it awaited our return.

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The temp on my vehicle upon arrival was a balmy 58 degrees. Amazing!!!!

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And a few steps into our hike and I had to chuckle. Clearly, this lone dandelion was not ready to give up quite yet on summer either.

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The trail was wonderful. Leaves crunched beneath our feet,

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signs of deer were everywhere,

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nature could be heard and saw along the way. It was so good for my soul…to just walk, listen, and breathe the air around us.

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The only thing that could have caused me any worry was that we were hiking during the gun deer hunt season here in WI. We did see many different deer stands, thankfully no active hunters during our time on the trail . And yes, in case you are wondering, we did also wear blaze orange for our own protection on this hike.

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With 3.3 miles Thanksgiving day and just over 4 miles Friday, we could all agree that summer is going to missed.

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Hiking, along with numerous other things we were able to pack into four days, left us all with a feeling of happiness. Add that to a fabulous Thanksgiving meal……along with my first ever homemade whipped cream (which turned out wonderful I may add) so my husband could enjoy whipped cream on his pumpkin pie along with everyone else…and I could not have been more thankful for anything else in the  world.

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Now, we all have to return to normal life once again and hopefully be ready for Christmas in a few short weeks. Sadly, I have a feeling I will not be hiking anywhere where that snow is not covering the trail come this time but who knows, maybe just maybe, wishes will come true.

Big Spring/Kitch-iti kipi at Palms Book State Park- Michigan

Palms Book State Park in Michigans U.P. offers something everyone should see at least once. With a small fee to enter the park you get to walk a short distance down to a raft that takes you across Michigans largest spring.

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Open year round, this raft will offer you viewing of bubbling springs in crystal blue water with trout swimming around right below.

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Then when you finish riding the raft you can make your way up to the gift store and bring home something to remember from the adventure.

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Kids love this place as much as adults. The raft itself is free to ride as many times as you wish after you pay the small fee to enter the park. Bathrooms are on site and picnic tables are available for you to use.

If your in the area of Michigans U.P. don’t pass this one up…..you won’t be sorry you made the trip.

 

 

 

Our Visit To The DeYoung Family Zoo In Wallace , MI

Once again my husband came up with a spectacular idea to make my weekend a bit more fun while taking it easy and letting this muscle strain heal…he suggested we take a trip to Wallace, MI and visit the DeYoung Family Zoo.

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I have a love/hate relationship with zoos since I sometimes feel sorry for the animals penned up and not free to be in their normal environments. Although, I do love the zoos that offer a place for animals to rehabilitate from injury or even survive as happy as can be in the case of a birth defect. I have found that its best not to know and just enjoy the zoos we visit to the best of my ability since let’s face it, zoos have been around forever and will always be a popular place for families to enjoy whether I like them or not. In this instance this is by far one of the more rustic non commercialized zoos I have ever been to. For a reasonable entrance fee you can enjoy a natural setting with animals and very little hype when it comes to snacks, gift shops, and extras around every corner.

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There are no paved sidewalks in this zoo and no big guard rails to keep you at a distance from the animals. However, every cage is double fenced and found easily with hand painted signs through out the area. It’s like hiking through a jungle full of various animals.

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The do offer food to purchase and feed the animals in the feeding area. Although, we only saw one place to buy food and that is in the same building you enter and pay admission in. So save yourself some time and buy this at the same time you pay your admission fee.

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There are also signs posted along the way when special feeding times are for the large animals if you enjoy this type of thing. Crowds gathered for the hippo were amazing so this is something you will want to make sure you grab your spot in time.

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It was a nice change from the zoo in our area here. All dirt trails, tons of trees, and nothing for your children to beg you to buy throughout the entire zoo.

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I would highly recommend this zoo if your looking to get away from the big city and enjoy a few hours of animal adventure.

Get here early for good parking since parking is limited. Bring your own snacks or a picnic lunch since snacks/food is also very limited. And remember bug spray since this is Michigan and bugs are everywhere!!! And if you forget the wipes/hand sanitizer…no worries, they offer soap and water right on the premises to clean up after the feeding area.Oh, and I almost forgot….grab some tissues/toilet paper since all the facilities are porta potties and some where out of toilet paper while we were here.

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Summer Fun At The Milwaukee County Zoo

Are you looking for something to do in WI this summer? For a full day of fun you could visit the Milwaukee County Zoo. My husband and I used to take our son here years ago and recently we decided to go as a couple.

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It has been at least 6 years since I last visited this zoo and I was quite amazed at the difference now compared to back then. First, let me say gooood jobbbb to all the employees today….the zoo is much cleaner than it ever used to be. Very noticeable and nicely kept.

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It took us about 4 hours to see the entire zoo and we did none of the specialty rides or attractions except for the special exhibit that was happening during the time we were there. So I would bet a family with kids could literally spend an entire day here if they wanted to explore the entire zoo.

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Upon our arrival it was raining so we choose to do all the inside exhibits first where you walk between building viewing animals.

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Which worked out perfectly since the rain stopped right before lunch time which meant we could then do all the large outdoor exhibits without getting wet.

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I was really happy to see that they still offer the opportunity to carry in picnic food. They offer many eatery places along the way or a place to grab a quick snack but in my opinion, all the prices are very expensive.Take a look at some menu choices inside the zoo.

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Although, with a little planning you can easily pack a nice picnic and enjoy this just the same for a lot less cost. We even saw families tail gating in the parking lot and if you know anything about WI, you know that we are professional tailgaters here.

As for the special exhibit going on while we were visiting….this was also an extra cost of $10 per adult above and beyond the admission price. And when I saw what the special exhibit was I was all in since I LOVED going to see the Body Works( a few years back) I just had to see the Animals Inside Out also.

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If your looking for a great place to spend some family time and learn about nature and wildlife, give a thought to visiting the Milwaukee County Zoo. Your children will love it and so will adults.

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*** All opinions are my own regarding this establishment. All admission fees, parking, and special events were also paid by myself.

 

 

Geocache #600 Found…..Have You Ever Tried Geocaching?

We did it. We have found 600 geocaches since starting this hobby a few years ago.

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If you know nothing about geocaching and you like a challenge and the outdoors, this would be a great hobby to try.

Basically you are treasure hunting while hiking…unless you do drive up geocaching which are located in street signs and such, along roadways which I personally feel are lame. Anyhow, you go to the geocaching website ( geocaching.com) and download the geocaches in the area you plan to hike. Then you grab a pen/pencil and start hiking. Along the way you watch your GPS, which tells you the wave points indicating where there is a cache to be found.

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Eventually you find the geocache container. These containers can be just about any shape, size or color. From tiny to large and anything in between.  IMG_2681

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IMG_2699Once you locate the cache, open it and locate the geocache log inside. This is what you sign and date with your code name indicating that you actually located this particular cache.  IMG_2700

It’s really fun to see the names of other members in our area. We often see some of the same names on numerous trails that we geocache on.

Next, if you so wish, you can take a trinket and leave a trinket. This is the fun part for children besides the hunt. Geocaches can be filled with almost anything and everything you can think of.

IMG_2697 IMG_4384 After you are finish finding all the caches you have downloaded or you are just done for the day, you return home and record the caches you have located on the website for others to know if they are still there or not. This is where you can also notify the owner of that particular cache that there is a problem with a cache or if it is no longer able to be located for some reason. (fallen tree, high water, someone took it, etc)

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Give it a try, I really think you will find it fun.