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Cool outdoor fun can be had all around Wisconsin. © Robert Queen
A choice weekend
Is it just TRAVELER's imagination, or are there a whole lot more things to do on winter days these days? February used to be the high-water mark of the winter doldrums, the month when the cases of cabin fever threatened to overwhelm the most stalwart of barkeeps.
Not so today. February offers so much outdoor activity of such variety that any excuse to stay indoors sounds, well, old-fashioned. To give you a general idea of just how much is going on, we selected one weekend – February 12-14 – and a couple of events to represent February fun. For more ideas, visit Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
6th Annual New World Championship Snowshoe Races, Luck Join web-steppers from all around the country as they leave waffle prints on the snow of the Luck Golf Course. There'll be 5K, 10K and (catch your breath) half-marathon races. Registration begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and races are run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. (715) 472-8231.
Madeline Island Sled Dog Race, La Pointe Howl for your favorites in a 60-mile race for six-dog teams and a 100-mile race for teams with any number of dogs. Poodles and other canine aberrations can compete in a 10-mile recreational race. Dine at the Mushers' Banquet on Friday evening, race all day Saturday, dance at the Mushers' Ball Saturday night, and get up on Sunday morning for more competition. Races begin at 9 a.m. (888) 475-3386.
Snoblast, Nekoosa A winter fun fest with hayrides, fireworks, bonfires, an auction, a dart tournament, and a BIG bake sale at the Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse. Fri. 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (715) 325-2904.
Snowmobile Enduro Races, Lac du Flambeau Tune up that 'ol Ski-Doo and join in the exhibit and races featuring vintage snowmobiles built before 1967. Fri., Sat. and Sun. at Fence Lake Lodge. (715) 543-8152.
Kites on Ice, Madison Watch 25 of the best kite flyers in the world demonstrate their skill on the ice of Lake Monona. See giant kites, rare kites from the Smithsonian Institution, and the "Nightlights and Kites" show. Sat. and Sun., noon-6 p.m, Monona Terrace Convention Center. (608) 831-1725.
WXPR's White Pine Jamboree, Rhinelander Fiddlers cross bows Saturday in a contest at 5 p.m.; the dancing begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Rhinelander Labor Temple. (715) 362-6000.
And TRAVELER's favorites:
Return to Romance, Kansasville Forget that moldy box of chocolates! Instead, take your valentine on a candlelit hike through Bong State Recreation Area. Enjoy a bonfire, fine desserts and hot beverages at the Visitor Center. Sat., 7-9 p.m. (414) 878-5600.
Valentine Sleigh Rides, Appleton Snuggle up to your sweetie on horse-drawn sleigh rides through the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve. Sat. and Sun., noon-4 p.m. (920) 731-6041.