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After months of slipping on ice and plodding through slush, puddles and mud, isn't it lovely to slip on some sneakers or sandals and just feel the breeze between your toes on a warm day? Traveler decided to celebrate the chance to follow a wooded path, sink into a bit of sand, feel light as a feather and waltz away a summer night.
Start with the whole family on a warm-up as Kids Walk Wisconsin on Friday evening, June 6, 5-8 p.m. at Pfeiffer-Pioneer Park on Crosby Avenue in Stevens Point. The Central Wisconsin Children's Museum and local YMCA sponsor walks for youngsters under 10 and their whole clan along the paths bordering the Wisconsin River. It's a big weekend in Point with more than 2,500 visiting athletes for the Special Olympics Summer Games and an annual Walk Wisconsin marathon along the Green Circle Trail scheduled for Saturday, June 7. don't feel obliged to do the whole route. Walkers of all ages will surely find plenty of company all weekend.
That's just as well, because Saturday, June 7 is National Trails Day nationwide when more than a million strong who believe their boots were made for walking will be hitting dusty trails, sprucing up hiking trails and enjoying special programs like the cleanup on the trails at our Havenwoods State Forest in Milwaukee scheduled from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with a solar cooking demonstration for those who want to have a little culinary fun with the sun. Register in advance for the mid-morning baking at (414) 527-0232.
Or if you fancy a night stroll and some star-gazing, come Search the Sky With the Naked Eye at Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, (920) 451-4080. Join star enthusiasts Joe and Mary Glover at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 for an evening learning to read the night sky without the use of a telescope. Bring chairs or blankets and flashlights. Dress for cool lakeside temperatures and meet at the Sanderling Nature Center or at the bathhouse parking lot in case of inclement weather.
All the state parks, public ponds and lakes should be busy all weekend with Free Fishing Weekend (June 7-8) and free Open House at state parks on Sunday, June 8 when you can enjoy so many outdoor pleasures absolutely free of charge. Feeling the urge to take off on a flight of fancy but your budget can't bear the airfare? No problemo. Wing on over to Kennedy Park, 4051 5th Avenue in Kenosha for an Outta Sight Kite Flight on June 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With a little breeze and a little luck, you can get up, up and away with several hundred of your new friends enjoying the giant show kites and stunt kite flying exhibitions along the Lake Michigan shore. If you get the bug to set the sheets to the wind for yourself, there will be plenty of colorful kites for sale, or you can make your own wind surfer at several workshops throughout the day. Contact (262) 653-4005 for all the breezy details.
For a toe-tapping good time, you can waltz the night away or twist-and-shout in Omro at the Firemen's Street Dance on Friday, June 13. No better way to ward off your friggatriskaidekaphobia (look it up!) than chasing away the goblins with some lively music and dancing. Not only is the street boogie a good time, but the proceeds will help buy equipment for the local fire department when they need to hot foot it to a local emergency. Omro is a few miles west of Oshkosh on Highway 21, (920) 685-6960.
Finally, slow down at month's end and take a little time to smell the flowers and gaze at the natural and manmade art blooming all around you. The Garden Walk and Art Stroll in Waupaca on Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. might be just the ticket. Local artists show their wares and give demonstrations as you tour the landscaping at eight or more local homes in the downtown area. Contact the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce for more information (1-888-417-4040).