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There's Just Something About NW Wisconsin


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Summer Tradition: Camp!

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

       One of our favourite family traditions is to end our summers with a family getaway to decompress, refocus, and get ready for the next busy season in our lives - the school year. We spend our Labor Day Weekend doing just that in the wonderful beauty of the northwoods. Our kids to do some of that during their weeks of summer camp at Arrowhead Bible Camp in New Auburn. http://www.abcamp.org/

      Although the kids never seem to skip of beat in the rhythm of summer time, they can't wait to get to camp and spend some time with good friends while playing and learning in a G rated setting. There is no worry about what you're kids will learn or "bring" home with them as far as attitude or behavior. It is good clean and honest summer fun to be had on Chain Lake and in the outdoors off "Plummer Road". We had one of our kids catch the most frogs one year. Another couple capsized their sailboats the most. Swamp walking and hiking; archery and tehter ball; these are all popular things at Arrowhead. Then, of course, there is carpet ball and the championships that take place with practically every age group at camp. Beyond the physical fun, there is the emotional bonds among the campers that are made. But, beyond that still there is a nurturing loving kindness and acceptance that is offered to all the campers through the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Every dimension of a person is served at Arrowhead Bible Camp.

      I know there are other camps in the region who have missions to serve young people in those ways also. Quickly, I can think of Camp Chetek, Luther Park, Camp Manitou. They all are reasonable in price and have quality people taking care of the campers throughout the summer. Food is never too little and fun is often more than you would expect. Search these northwoods gems online to find the best one for you and your family.

     Don't forget your swim suit & sunscreen! (bug repell isn't a bad idea)  ;)

Hiking Gear Report: RIBZ Front Pack

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

      I recently had a chance to hike through a Kettle Moraine section of the Wisconsin Ice age Trail with our Girl Scout Troop.  The weather was perfect.  The scenery, spectacular. The gear I got to try for the event is the RIBZ Front Pack. Here are my thoughts.

 RIBZ Front Pack ready to be filled with essential gear.

      The RIBZ Front Pack arrived in my mailbox several weeks ago. I was not sure what to think of it when I took it out of the package.  But when I tried it on, I found all the claims RIBZ makes about the Front Pack are accurate. It is a comfortable, easy to use, functional piece of gear that I am sure to use in my outdoor hiking adventures.

      Having a balanced load is very important.  Even if the RIBZ Front Pack is used on its own, without a back pack, it is very suitable.  All the urgent need items can be reached quickly and easily from the roomy zippered pockets.  Maps, headlamps, and first aid can all be accessed without having to stop, take your back pack off, and dig through it (or instruct a fellow hiker to search through your pack) to find what you need.  The RIBZ Front Pack is better than a fanny pack (I never liked fanny packs - don't like the word "fanny".) because you still have to stop and spin the fanny pack around to the side or front to reach the items you need.  And, with a fanny pack it is challenging to find the right adjustment for your back pack so you do not feel like you are going to tip over.

      Easily adjustable straps are another good point to the RIBZ Front Pack.  The straps can be adjusted appropriately without having to re-adjust to take the front pack off.  There is a handy front zipper on the RIBZ Front Pack so you can unzip and remove it as you would a vest or jacket.  Cool.

       I did not check the RIBZ Front Pack for water repellent qualities.  Although I would probably not use the front pack for boating, the straps can be adjusted to fit over a personal flotation device easily.  I can see the benefits to wearing a front pack while boating for the same reasons it is useful while hiking - easily accessible gear.  At this point, I would probably use a water repell spray to insure the RIBZ Front Pack is waterproof.

       If there is one thing I would say could be improved on the RIBZ Front Pack it would be the addition of side entry pockets.  It would greatly increase the functionality of the pack if it would have side pockets to hold hand warmers or just your hands.  I guess the front pack could fit under a jacket ,but I think it would be a little too bulky. To have the feature of being able to put your hands in your pockets as with a vest or jacket could extend the season of use for the RIBZ Front Pack nicely.

      Overall, I am pleased with the performance of the RIBZ Front Pack. I am excited to see what other RIBZ Wear products there are.  www.ribzwear.com  I just checked out the website.  Please do the same. 

      Enjoy being outdoors!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the RIBZ Front Pack for free from RIBZ Wear as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an [Outdoor Industry Public Relations Company] http://deepcreekpr.com/ in consideration for review publication.

Improve Your Golf This Winter via Facebook?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If you already feel as though the golf season ended months and months ago.  If you are stuck in a rut between outdoor seasonal activities.  I have a solution, at least to your golfing woes...

Check out what head professional and general manager or Turtleback Golf Club, Kevin Carter, is posting on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/turtlebackgolf

It's a FREE weekly video golf lesson!  Is that awesome or what?!    :-)

I personally need much more help than that, but hey - check it out and see how this will help your swing and winter blahs. 

Let me know what you think of the lessons.  Let Mr. Carter know too.  lol

What a great gift to golf lovers! 


When You Say W-I-S-C-O-N-S-I-N...you said it all!

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I just posted a some words about this website on my blog, Lawn Chairs in My Living Room.  Please check it out!  :-) 


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