The Return!

Can you identify these tracks?

Long time no see, for some of you at least! Last week my Explore Outdoors program returned to the Village and I took some people out ice fishing on Birch Island lake. We all had a great time, despite the fishing being a little slower than I hoped. I like to think that fishing is more about getting out and enjoying time away from the hustle-and-bustle of life; maybe that’s why my sons always seem to outfish me. This week, I’ll be doubling down with my first blog post in a while and take anyone interested for a nature hike this Saturday, December 15th.

I plan to take willing victims participants on a two-hour long excursion though the forests, swamps and lakes of Burnett County to look for signs of wildlife and other interesting scenery while getting some exercise. We will meet at the pub at the Voyager clubhouse at 11 am before setting out. This is a great time of year with minimal snow, comfortable temps, and no, and I mean no, undesirable mosquitos, ticks, flies or other annoying members of the phylum Arthropoda (looking at you, wasps).

If you would instead like to take a walk on the not-so-wild side, you can come out and swing a golf club at a tennis ball. We will be opening up the par three foot-golf holes for people this weekend and beyond. You can also try out the skating rink on the pond next to the Kilkare Lodge. Temps will soar to near 40 degrees this weekend, so please get out of the house and join us for some fun in the sun!


Over the next few weeks, I will be focusing on creating some enjoyable activities outside and giving you a glimpse back over the year with some of the pictures I took that I neglected to share with you. I hope to see you soon, but if you’re somewhere warm already just sit back and enjoy my return to posting about the great outdoors. I also want to remind all snow lovers to “be careful for what you wish for”, because there can really be “too much of a good thing.”

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