This year I thought that instead of just blogging about things in the third person, it was time to get out and experience some of them for myself. So with that in mind, the first adventure for my year of experiencing the countryside around us in a new way, was to snowshoe. Mosquito Hill Nature Center, just outside of New London, Wisconsin is offering Serious Snowshoe Sundays in January and February from Noon to 3 p.m., it seemed like a good beginning. You can take the entire 8 week course, and to be honest as a newbie that seemed a bit daunting, so I decided just to go for one Sunday to see how it went. When we arrived, we paid our fee at the office and then after chatting with some folks around us, some were newbies and some had gone snowshoeing in the past, the class began. The word class sounds so formal, it was really Mary and Don talking to us about the trails, and the snowshoes, that it is important to stay well hydrated on the trail and to be dressed appropriately for the temperatures, followed by some light stretching to ready our bodies for the trail that lay before us. After getting our snowshoes, then the task of putting on the snowshoes was at times a bit comical, but for the most part did rather well. Within the small group of the 4 of us, we have varying skill levels, Diana and I who had never gone snowshoeing…ever, and Ann who snowshoes several times a season, and Barb who has been snowshoeing since 1999ish, and both Ann and Barb can snowshoe close to where they live as well. Thankfully, Barb thought it might be helpful for me to have a set of poles, which Don kindly loaned me and adjusted for me as well. I must say I think the poles made for more stability with the snowshoes. Anyone who has walked beside me, knows that walking a straight line is a challenge for me with regular shoes, let alone snow shoes, so the poles were a welcome addition. It was a brisk, bright day and the entire group (class) set off on the trail. We kept to the back of the pack, so that we could visit with one another as we worked our way along the trail. Deer tracks were plentiful and the day was beautiful and still, except for the folks snowmobiling on the river and the sound of our own voices, which all seemed so small compared to the gorgeous day in the woods. The decision was ours as to how far we went on the trails and I believe we wound up doing approximately 1.5 miles of the trails, we were out on the trails about 1.75 hours. There were those people who returned before us and those who came in after us. There were light snacks and bottled water provided as well, so you could refuel upon your return. We all enjoyed ourselves, and I would go again for sure. Mosquito Hill has snowshoe rental available, so if you have thought you have to put a lot of upfront costs into snowshoes and gear, you really don’t. So thank you Mary Swifka for checking on us on the trail, and thank you Diana, Ann and Barb….I had a blast and it was such fun! MHNC-SnowshoeTrails2010-11
You might want to ask me….what is Guts Frisbee, well to the average person, they might inaccurately call it “Frisbee or Disc Golf”, however don’t let a die hard Guts Frisbee player here you categorize it like that. To those folks it is altogether different, Guts is a sport played between two teams of one to five players each. The objective is to be the first team to score 21 points. To start play, each team lines up facing each other 14 m apart. Play is accomplished by a player attempting to throw the disc toward or at the opposing team and within the reach of at least 1 player of that team, in such a manner that the opposing team cannot make a clean catch. Scoring is contingent on the success or failure of the throwing team. A good throw, without a catch, results in a point for the throwing team and a bad throw results in a point for the receiving team. It seems pretty straight forward, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems, or at least not in my world. At the Wisconsin Guts Championship to be held at Hatten Park in New London, there will be Team from all over the Midwest, and teams with names like “Appleton Assassins” or “Blame the Dog”, you just wanna check it out. There is going to be a Players Party Saturday night at The Waters, featuring live music by the ever popular and incredibly talented Mike & Brian Experience from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m., and just in case there are some of you out there who haven’t heard Mike & Brian before, come out and hear them, it is a good time to be sure. For more information on exactly what Guts Frisbee is and where you can play or how you can get started check them out on the web at www.gutsfrisbee.com.
I recently returned to Jolly Rogers in New London, I have to admit I hadn’t eaten there in awhile, and this is only the second time. I was on my way home from Milwaukee and decided to stop and pick up pizza. The gentleman behind the bar was very nice and he also happened to be the person making our pizza. So I ordered my pizza and I sat at the bar and was able to see him in the kitchen making it. I was really impressed, they have a dough ext-ruder (I think that’s what it’s called) that has various settings and you run the pizza dough through it and continue to thin it out, because we ordered thin crust. The last step in working with the dough was he threw it up in the air, like wow, it was cool to watch. Then, he proceeded to put it on the pan and add our toppings, and then into the oven it went. He came back to the bar and we were talking about their expansion project, they are planning to move the bar into the adjacent building and in fact it will be an Irish Pub (very fitting for a City that holds one of the largest St. Patty’s Day Festivals and parades in the state of Wisconsin), and the previous bar area will be converted to more family dining. They also have a frozen pizza business called “Jolly Bob’s” which is carried in many locations here in Central Wisconsin, and their frozen pizza business will also be in a part of the new building. They will also be offering outdoor dining by the river, which will be really great, very serene to be sitting near the water enjoying a meal with friends and family. Of course they are known for their pizza, but are not just a one trick pony. They also offer pastas, homemade calzones, sandwiches, burgers, wings and you can get take out, and even delivery of any items on the menu in the New London area. And in the tradition of “Man vs Food”, they have a 26″ pizza challenge, if you can eat one 26″one topping pizza by yourself in 1 hour, you can win $100 and get your picture on the wall of fame….that my friend’s is a lot of pizza no matter which way you slice it. He also told me of a story of a local Dr. who had climbed Mt. Everest and in one of his blog posts stated he was really craving a bacon cheeseburger pizza from Jolly Rogers, now that is customer loyalty personified. So next time your in the New London are, or have a hankerin’ for a good pizza, stop on in to Jolly Rogers located at 220 N. Water St. or call them at 920-982-2333 www.jollyrogerspizzeria.com.