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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fond du Lac Wisconsin

From Colorado to Wisconsin to Michigan to New York to Pennsylvania - what an awesome month.

I attended the Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Conference in Ashland, WI, the middle of September and have stories and photos to share.

We started our Wisconsin adventure with a weekend in Fond du Lac which is located about an hour from either Madison or Milwaukee. Known for its outdoor recreation activities, Fond du Lac is on the southern shore of Lake Winnebago, the largest inland lake in Wisconsin.

Veiw from pontoon
We sampled the food, the outdoors and the hospitality of the city. We arrived at the Holiday Inn early Friday afternoon and headed out for a pontoon tour of the Horicon Marsh. Marc Zuelsdorf, owner of the Blue Heron Landing, shared his knowledge of the marsh and its inhabitants. It's truly a nature lover's paradise. Home to more than 290 species of birds, a couple hundred thousand ducks, and lots of fish, it offers something for everyone. It boasts the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country. It is also home to thousands of lily pads. I would love to see them in bloom. We saw sandhill cranes and white pelicans in flight. Marc told us most of the loons had already migrated. We didn't see any.

Great Blue Heron, lily pads
& cattails
 Saturday morning we had planned a fishing trip but rain forced us to cancel it. I know that shows we're not true fishermen but I have to admit to a strong love of fair weather! Instead we explored the nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest. Formed from glaciers, it is so named because the glaciers carved out large "kettle-like" pieces of land. A hint of fall color touched the gorgeous trees that lined the roads. The rain prevented good photos but the drive was beautiful. The Ice Age Trail runs through the park. I did brave the rain for a short hike on this trail. Many hikers, bikers and campers didn't let the rain slow them down at all.

Fond du Lac Lighthouse
In the afternoon, Everett enjoyed some skeet shooting at a shooting range and I went to the annual Fond du Lac Fondue Fest. That evening we had fried perch - a local specialty - at Wendt's on the Lake. Sunday morning we had our second venture on the Horicon Marsh - a two-hour birding tour.

We left for Ashland with the beauty and hospitality of Fond du Lac in our minds.


  1. Sounds like a great trip!!!

  2. There are some great places to stay around Horicon too. A great B&B and a few places over in Mayville.