2014 Midwest USA Redux travel blog

Arbor Vitae, WI - Arbor Vitae Campground - site 58LT

Arbor Vitae, WI - Arbor Vitae Campground - site 58LT, another view

Arbor Vitae, WI - Arbor Vitae Campground - site 58LT, and another

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 0 - our route - 223...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 1 - this is just north...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 2 - the last two miles...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 3 - the Mothership's exhaust brake...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 4 - leaving Duluth, MN and...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 5 - what happened to my...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 6 - one of the many,...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 7 - where's the moose?

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 8 - north-central Wisonsin has almost...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 9 - downtown Minocqua, WI, a...

Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI 10

DayTrip 0 - our route - 129 miles

DayTrip 1 - the resident bald eagle at the Northwoods Wildlife Center

DayTrip 2

DayTrip 3- a replica eagle's nest - about six feet in diameter

DayTrip 4 - a red-tailed hawk

DayTrip 5 - a screech owl

DayTrip 6 - a barred owl

DayTrip 7 - there is an abundance of Goldenrod alongside the highway...

DayTrip 8 - a huge white-tailed deer in front of a restaurant

DayTrip 9 - Fall is close

DayTrip 10 - Doris finally found her moose at the Wisconsin Concrete...

DayTrip 11 - a couple of harnessed horses with beer-bottle manes

DayTrip 12 - lots of these men in Chinese attire in various...

DayTrip 13

DayTrip 14

DayTrip 15

DayTrip 16

DayTrip 17 - see Libby in the background

DayTrip 18

DayTrip 19

DayTrip 20

DayTrip 21

DayTrip 22 - the Budweiser beer wagon

DayTrip 23 - some very dressed up cows on the way home


Our trip from Gilbert, MN to Arbor Vitae, WI was 223 miles, most of it on rough road and a lot of it through construction. We were actually reversing our earlier trips until we got to Ironwood, WI, where we turned south and headed down US 53 for the last 56 miles. All in all a pretty boring trip.

We are in Arbor Vitae, WI, a town so small it doesn't have a downtown! It is very close to Woodruff and Minocqua all of which are in a very touristy area amongst many of the Wisconsin lakes. We are staying at the Arbor Vitae Campground which, for the most part is a very heavily shaded campground next to a large lake but they have recently installed seven big-rig sites up on a hill away from all the trees with 50 amp full hookups - that's where we are. We have a clear shot to the satellite and pretty good Verizon. The data rate has a tendency to fluctuate quite a bit during the day but otherwise is 4G.

Thursday we took off on the only trip we had planned while here. First we went to the Northwoods Wildlife Center which is a wildlife rehabilitation organization, accepting injured wildlife from area residents and trying to get them back in shape for release back into the wild. All we got to see was a few birds they had which had serious enough injuries that they cannot be released back into the wild, most of them had lost an eye and they cannot hunt that way. They did have a number of deer, raccoons and other mammals that were being nursed back to health but they don't let visitors interact with them and they themselves interact as little as possible so the animals don't lose their fear of humans.

We then journeyed about 60 miles over to Phillips, WI where the Wisconsin Concrete Park is located. We spent a quite a bit of time perusing the different figures but the bugs were so bad, we couldn't stand in one place long without being swarmed so we hurried though it a bit. We then went back up to Park Falls to get a look at where we thought we were going to have to stay when we couldn't find a reservation for Labor Day weekend originally. It was a nice city campground but much too wooded for us and we are glad we found the park we are in for this opening weekend of college football!!!

It rained all day Friday, Saturday and Monday but that didn't bother us much as we had lots of football to watch. Too bad the Gator game got rained out but hopefully they will get it rescheduled! Tomorrow, we head down-state a little to Stevens Point where we will only spend one night before heading farther south on Wednesday.

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