North America

Blue Mound State Park

Vertiginous Heights (For Wisconsin Anyway)

We love exploring the driftless region of Wisconsin because of its unique geology and sweeping vistas. Blue Mound State Park is located at the edge of this area, just 30 minutes west of Madison by car – or 3 hours by bike on the Military Ridge State Trail, at the highest point in southern Wisconsin.… Continue Reading →

Tower Hill State Park

See Part of Wisconsin’s Early History

Tower Hill State Park is perched on bluffs above the Wisconsin River. It’s namesake shot tower is an example of early industry in Wisconsin, and as you hike around the park you can visit the replica tower, see the shaft where lead was dropped to create the shot, and hike into the creepy tunnel below.… Continue Reading →

Devil’s Lake State Park

Wisconsin’s Largest State Park Turns 100 This Year

About half a million years ago the eastern half of Wisconsin was pummeled flat by glaciers. The western half, which escaped this brutal punishment, is home to some of the most beautiful, primeval and unique scenery on earth – the driftless region.

One of the best ways to explore this geologic wonderland is with a trip to Devil’s Lake State Park. … Continue Reading →


Wisconsin Cheese at Fromagination

A World of Pure Fromagination

Fromagination is a slice of Paris plopped down straight in the heart of America’s Dairyland. The charming shop is packed to the rafters with cases of amazing cheese, and shelves and shelves of every food you would want to eat with cheese. They also have a well edited assortment of beer, wine and specialty sodas.… Continue Reading →

Sprecher Brewery


A Brewery Tour that’s not just for Beer Aficionados

Milwaukee’s legacy as the beer capital of the world may be tarnished with the Closing of Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz and the sale of Miller to an international concern, but small breweries like Milwaukee Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery and Sprecher Brewery are working hard to bring beer back to Milwaukee.… Continue Reading →

Central Waters Brewery

Small brewery proves it is easy being green

Central Waters Brewing Company is just off of US 10 in the small town of Amherst, WI. They are known for their quality beer and to commitment to sustainability (They’re Wisconsin’s first green powered brewery).

We arrived at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and the tap room was packed.… Continue Reading →

South Shore Brewery

Ryan drinking a beer at South Shore Brewery, WI

Stop for lunch at South Shore Brewery & Deepwater Grille

Before embarking on a six hour journey from the top of Wisconsin to the bottom, we stopped at South Shore Brewery in Ashland to meet up with old friends and have a pint. The brewery is located in an old building in downtown, just one blog from Lake Superior’s south shore.… Continue Reading →

Big Bay State Park

Camping on Madeline Island

After our sea kayaking day-trip, we loaded up our car and bikes onto the 3:30 Madeline Island Ferry, and made it to our campsite at Big Bay State Park by 4:15.

The campground is small, with only 60 sites available. The sites are also located in a marshy area, so be sure to bring lots of bug spray – the mosquitoes are numerous and tenacious!… Continue Reading →

Stevens Point Brewery

Touring the Point Brewery

Brewery Tour in the Heart of Wisconsin

Here at L&A headquarters, we drink a lot of beer, and since we live in Wisconsin, we drink a lot of excellent craft beers. Point Special Lager is a favorite, since it’s a quality brew at a value price.* We also like their craft beers, especially their 2012 Black Ale and Cascade Pale Ale.  

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Living Adventure Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking the Apostle Island National Lakeshore

Daytrip along the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Although we are enthusiastic paddlers, we are definitely amateurs, and our kayaking experience has been limited to tooling around shallow, calm lakes, so we were a little trepidatious about sea kayaking on Lake Superior. However, as soon as we arrived at Living Adventure, all of our worries were put to rest.… Continue Reading →