Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Buns are optional at the world's longest weenie roast. © Lakewood Resort

Traveler gets the point at an indoor archery meet, an outdoor porcupine workshop, a dog show, sheep fleecing and a massive weenie roast on ice!
© Lakewood Resort

February 2009

Wisconsin Traveler

Indoors and outdoors

On decent days, as the sunshine starts to warm your hide and sparkle up the snow, it's a tossup whether to find your pleasures inside or stretch your legs on an outdoor adventure. Truth is, you can have it both ways.

Take Valentine's Day, for instance. If you want to test your skills as a CIT (Cupid In Training), you might just head over to Wisconsin Rapids for the Wisconsin Archery Alliance State Indoor Championship. On Saturday, February 14, starting at 8 a.m. until about 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 15 from about 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. more than 300 archers and their fans will set their sights at East Junior High School, 311 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids for the right to make their mark at national competition. There are no fees for spectators. Contact Jean Smith, (608) 526-9065.

Would you rather put your heart to the test on a romantic romp? Can do! Several state parks and forests are sponsoring candlelight skis and hikes on February 14. Try your luck at Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan from 6-9 p.m., (920) 451-4080 for details; Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton, 6-9 p.m., call (608) 873-9695; Newport State Park, Ellison Bay, near the Fern/Europe Bay Trail from 5:30- 8:30 p.m., (920) 854-2500 and the Peshtigo River State Forest near Crivitz, (715) 757-3965. Events at state parks, trails and forests are updated regularly at Coming Events at Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Trails.

On Saturday, February 21 you could go soft and cuddly learning at the A-Z Sheep Shearing event. Watch demonstrations as the lambs get fleeced and their coats move through cleaning, carding, spinning and weaving. Learn about wool care and colors at A-Z Farms, 1820 Schuster Road in Oregon, (608) 835- 5553. Or you could take a more prickly outlook in a Porcupine Ecology on Snowshoes workshop. Come on up to the DNR's Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, just west of Babcock at 1715 Highway X. We'll provide the snowshoes and hot drinks, you provide a bag lunch and the curiosity to search for signs of porkies, check live-traps and take part in on-going research. Sign up by February 13th as space is limited to the first 20 takers. Contact Dick Thiel at (715) 884-6333, or Britt Searles at (715) 884-6335. There's a $15 workshop fee. To register, use Sandhill Workshop Registration Form.

As winter winds into spring, your four-legged buddies may be itching to get outdoors, but kennel 'em up when you head to the Wisconsin Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center, 8200W. Greenfield Avenue in West Allis. Get a good look at more than 1,200 dogs of more than 125 breeds that will be on parade and on their best behavior as they walk the line in search of fame and recognition.

Maybe you'd rather head outdoors for a lineup of a different long, little doggie? Point your compass north by northwest to Cable for the World's Longest Weenie Roast and Snowmobile Races on Lake Namekagon on March 6-7. They dig a 1,000-foot trench in the lake ice and grill up a wagonload of extra long redhots as the racers roar down the stretch. It's fun for the whole family – and as long as they don't run out of those foot-long buns, you are in business. (715) 794-2561.

Want to hit the heights for yourself? Gear up for the Timm's Hill Trudge, a 3.5- or 7-mile race/walk up to Wisconsin's highest point on Saturday, March 7 in Ogema. Call (715) 767-5287 or e-mail lyleB@centurytel.net.