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Plenty of pickins’ at the Apple Hut

Plenty of pickins’ at the Apple Hut

September 30, 2015

The warm sun shined down on my brother and I as we drove down the windy road to Beloit, Wisconsin. Picket signs led the way to our destination.  After a short drive down Walters Road, we found a break in the trees. There was a small, candy-red shack with big, honey-orange pumpkins and colorful pots...

“Happy camping’ requires preparation

Pike Lake seen from the observation tower on Powder Hill

September 3, 2015

Birthdays are great, but to me, birthday surprises are even better. My boyfriend’s birthday was coming up and I wanted to celebrate. We had talked all summer about going camping but our dang jobs kept getting in the way. So, I decided why not just rent a campsite for a day and when he gets off of...

RP Outdoors: Fishing Up North

May 6, 2015

  By Jake Prinsen The year was 1998. I was around four years old, and I was watching my older brother (about five at the time) cast his Snoopy fishing reel from a pier off the shore of Lake Little St. Germaine in Northern Wisconsin. I can’t tell you exactly what was running through my...

RP Outdoors: Wyalusing State Park and Kettle Moraine Northern Unit

April 1, 2015

                    For many college students, spring break is a time to get out, enjoy the sun, relax and forget about homework. Wisconsin, true to form, crapped all over that idea with temperatures reaching b...

RP Outdoors: The ‘tail’ of a hunting companion

March 4, 2015

  Before I tell my story, I should clarify that “Pie” refers to the name of my dog, not the story of my struggle with pie (as a dessert) addiction. Yes, I have a beagle named Pie – Sweetie Pie to be exact, but just Pie for short. She’s your typical beagle for the most part, always...

RP Outdoors: Climb the winter blues; glide into fun

February 12, 2015

  Living in the Midwest, there is a lot of hype about skiing and snowboarding, but it’s something I’ve never really understood until recently. In the beginning of January, I went downhill skiing for the first time at Alpine Valley. Located in Sugar Creek Valley in Elkhorn, 30 minutes outside...

Walk through winter on the Ice Age Trail

Walk through winter on the Ice Age Trail

January 28, 2015

  I’ve never done winter hiking before, but I knew the trails were open all year so I decided to go explore my favorite trail, Lapham Peak, outside of Delafield, Wisconsin. During the winter months, Lapham Peak is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. When I arrived at the park I stopped by the parks...

Skate into an active winter season

December 4, 2014

  With winter upon us, it’s important to find ways to stay active, especially in a state where we see so many months of cold and snow. I have the tendency to want to curl up on the couch and binge watch multiple seasons of my favorite television shows, so I have trouble finding motivation to...

Autumn Gala, Idared, Jonagold: It’s harvest season

Autumn Gala, Idared, Jonagold: It’s harvest season

October 23, 2014

RP Outdoors: Apple Barn Orchard and Winery   Pumpkin and apple picking, a country store, a winery and rides through the orchard and pumpkin patch can all be found at a local treasure. Anyone looking for a fun fall havest-themed activity should take a trip out to Apple Barn Orchard and Winery...

RP Outdoors: Lepham Park

September 25, 2014

  People looking for a hiking trail closer to Whitewater than Door County can look no further than Lapham Peak. The trail offers visitors fantastic views and peaceful trips for casual hikers to hardcore adventurers all year long. Lapham Peak, part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, is located...

State park offers four-season getaway

State park offers four-season getaway

September 18, 2014

RP Outdoors-Peninsula State Park It’s no secret Wisconsin offers miles upon miles of trails and parks to hike, climb, camp, bike or ride. From Devil’s Lake to Peninsula State Park, adventure-seekers will find much to do whilst exploring Wisconsin. Traveling at summer’s end allows for spont...

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