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Playing a little Extreme Croquet

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Croquet: the game of Queens and lighthouse keepers, or at least the game for people with large, smooth lawns. But croquet in its pure form can get a little mundane.

Summer’s Hot; Cool it down with a Mojito

Cool Refreshing mojito

As the staff here at Backroad Wisconsin work feverishly on the reboot of the www.backroadwisconsin.com website; we often need some cool refreshment for these hot summer days. Yep, the State

Wisconsin Roadtrip: House on the Rock

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Here at Backroad Wisconsin, we love the kitsch. From some oddball or out of way little museum to the ticky-tacky found at a roadside attraction, it’s all good to us.

Home made wasp traps keep campsite insects at bay

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Late summer camping in Northern Wisconsin can be filled with peril. As the days stay warm and the nights get cooler insects like yellow jackets and wasps increase their activity, looking for sweet eats to prepare for the winter ahead. But here’s a simple solution you can use to draw them away from your picnic table and trap those pesky insects.

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Cornucopia, WI is full of bounty

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Cornucopia, WI has the distinction of being the northernmost zipcode in the state of Wisconsin. Located up on the western edge of the Bayfield peninsula, the little town would easily be missed if you blinked while speeding along highway 13. I don’t recommend blinking, but instead slow down and check the town out.

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Connor’s Point- Superior, WI

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I am a boat nerd. I am not afraid to admit it. For many years my Dad would take me down to see the big boats of the Great Lakes when I lived in Milwaukee. There is something majestic about the boats on the inland seas. They are truly the stuff of legends. Read more

Recipe: Country Style Pork Riblets

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When we are out and about exploring the State of Wisconsin, we often love to stay at one of the area’s state parks and forests. So when our travels include camping, they also include cooking over a fire. One camping recipe that’s easy to make, inexpensive, and quite tasty is our Country Style Pork Riblets

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Independence Day Fireworks in Bayfield, WI

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Where else can you go to see three 4th of July fireworks shows for the price of none? Bayfield, WI of course. The small town on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay offers a unique vantage point where on the 4th of July you can see not one, not two, but three fireworks shows.

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Playing a little Extreme Croquet

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Croquet: the game of Queens and lighthouse keepers, or at least the game for people with large, smooth lawns. But croquet in its pure form can get a little mundane. But what happens when you add some large obstacles, physical challenges, and copious amounts of alcohol? The International Federation of Drunken Croquet & Trivia Champions Tourney 2013.

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Wisconsin Roadtrip: House on the Rock

House on the Rock Conversation Pit

Here at Backroad Wisconsin, we love the kitsch. From some oddball or out of way little museum to the ticky-tacky found at a roadside attraction, it’s all good to us. But no-one does the kitsch better (than maybe Wisconsin Dells, but that’s another story altogether) than the over the top wonderment of The House on the Rock.

Since 1960, The House on the Rock, Located 9 miles south of Spring Green on State Hwy 23, has been delighting and bewildering visitors. Is it a museum, a historical landmark, or the grand vision of a slightly eccentric man. Maybe a little of all of that; but one thing is for certain, it’s the oddest collection of objects and ever thrown together under one roof.

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Summer’s Hot; Cool it down with a Mojito

Cool Refreshing mojito

As the staff here at Backroad Wisconsin work feverishly on the reboot of the www.backroadwisconsin.com website; we often need some cool refreshment for these hot summer days. Yep, the State of Wisconsin is enjoying on its hottest summers on record. I’ve totally lost count on how many days above 90 degrees we’ve had so far this year. The only welcome thing I’m missing is some cool rain, of which we’ve also had not enough of.

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Campfire Cookery: cooking over an open fire

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I was perusing amazon.com and the book: Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great Outdoors
totally caught my eye. As a camp cooking aficionado, I love it when a new campfire cookbook comes out. When we go camping we usually lug the dutch oven, cooking grate, and propane gas stove to produce some of the finest eats you will ever find in any campground. I’ve ordered a copy of the book, so a full review will be pending our camping adventure over Labor Day weekend.

 

 

Book taps into the State’s Tavern Culture

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Bluegill Bar in Birchwood, WI

The tavern in Wisconsin plays an important social role in the State. The perfect tavern is warm and inviting, dimly lit, maybe with a worn bar top and ancient back bar. The barkeepers are gracious and the locals friendly. All over the State these little hole in the wall places still exist, although they are fading more rapidly than you could imagine. Photographer Carl Corey spent the last two years visiting taverns all over the state to create an illustrated document  of our disappearing tavern culture.

From the Milwauke Journal Sentinel:

It’s a world of neon lights and trophy deer, a bowling alley here and a pool table there, mirrors that shimmer and glasses that glisten, and overseeing it all, the owners and workers who toil to keep alive a business and a way of life.

The book is part document, part elegy.

“There is no doubt it will have to change or it will fade out,” Corey says of the tavern.

That’s a theme reflected upon in the book’s introduction by architectural historian Jim Draeger of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Draeger notes how “tavern culture helps define the Wisconsin experience.” These are family-owned gathering spots and “as a result, tavern owners have been staunchly individualistic, resisting attempts to standardize, franchise and homogenize their spaces.”

The book: Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars is available from the University of Wisconsin Press.

Do you have a favorite local hangout in your community. Is there a tavern that you can call home?