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Wisconsin cross-country ski trails

Five best non-Birkie Wisconsin cross-country ski trails

The American Birkebeiner (Birkie) is of course king when it comes to Wisconsin cross-country ski trails. It is hard to beat a 55 kilometer trail traversing through the Wisconsin northwoods. However, the state boasts an incredible network of skiing trails. I have been skiing in Wisconsin for over 30 years, and I am still finding […]

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South Kettle Moraine high def photo essay

While training for the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon in Hayward, Wisconsin in the Kettle Moraine State Forest southern unit, I took a few pictures with my iPhone. The Southern Unit consists of three cross-country ski trail systems: the Nordic, McMiller, and the Scuppernong. These photos came from either the Nordic system or the Scuppernong. […]

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Kettle Moraine South Nordic Trails a perfect Birkie workout

There is less than 30 days until the American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Marathon in Hayward, Wisconsin, so it is time to start getting serious if you are competing in this year’s race. The skiing conditions have been pretty solid this winter for Midwestern skiers. My favorite training ground is the Blue Trail on the […]

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Capture the color and song 2013 #CTC13

My good friend Francesca from Work Mom Travels nominated me for Travel Supermarket’s Capture the color 2013 thus showing her motherly side by giving birth to this post.  The way it works is travel bloggers post five pictures representing the five main colors: blue, green, red, white, and yellow and then write a little about […]

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Birkebeiner training: Wisconsin winter photo essay

Earlier this year, before I began my Birkebeiner training, I wrote a piece called five reasons to learn cross-country skiing. Winter is beautiful and the fact that skiing is a great workout top the list. These reasons sometimes work at cross purposes with each other. I will be participating in the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski […]

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Training for the American Birkebeiner with Fischer skis has been an adventure

It is only two weeks until the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon in Hayward, Wisconsin and the training thus far has been an adventure. First, the Midwest was hit with paucity of snow. Skiers had to turn to running or other work out options. Finally we received some snow, so this past weekend has been […]

Winter wonderland Wisconsin

Winter wonderland in southern Wisconsin

A winter storm around Christmas turned the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest into a winter wonderland. Unfortunately, the rest of the winter has not cooperated making those who want to train for the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon into runners or users of the inside Nordic machines. These help but not […]

Traveling Ted

Five outdoor adventure travel debacles, disasters, and misadventures

Last weekend I wrote about a little misadventure in Wisconsin when I could not find a campground with an open site. It got me to thinking about outdoor adventure travel debacles and the ones I have experienced over the years.  Not finding a camp spot two hours from home would probably not even make the […]