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Jun 11, 2019 - Beware of the Hodag June 9-10-11

Pronounced "HOE-dag" In the heart of the Northwoods near Rhinelander, Wisconsin, lucky visitors may come across a mysterious beast known locally as The Hodag. This legendary creature has roamed the Northwoods for more than a century and has become the official symbol of Rhinelander (while pulling a few pranks along the way). The Hodag has the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick, short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tale with spears at the end. It is reported to have green eyes, huge...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Leaving Michigan...

August 5 Got underway about 10 a.m., headed west to Wisconsin. Goodbye to the Great Lakes! Takeaway from our 3 weeks in Michigan: Beautiful marinas, exceptional flower gardens, blueberry pie, cherry pie.... and roadside stands everywhere selling “washed cherries!” Breathtaking vistas, ferry rides, friendly folks, and miles and miles of dense forests. Crossing the Straits of Macinaw on the “Big Mac.” Lakeshore breezes. Michigan is windy most of the time! Roadside wildflowers, waterfront parks, historic lighthouses, and beautiful white...

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Jul 26, 2015 - July 26, 2015 - Sixth Stop - Rhinelander, WI

I uploaded a couple of pictures of going over the bridge to the MI Upper Peninsula. US 2 West after the bridge was a great road, better than most of the Interstates. US 8 was OK with a lot of rolling hills and right and left hand turns through towns. Not too many traffic lights in the 286 miles here. Kay has discovered that if she sits in the back seat with Sookie the bumps in the road are not so bad. I get to drive a little faster. US 2 and US 8 were 55 mph speed limited, but with the new discovery, I was able to get up to 58 mph. I guess...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Land of the Hodag

Land of the Hodag We left our lakeside campground under gray skies. It wasn’t very long before we drove into a rainstorm. The rainstorm alternated from raging thunderstorm to light downpour during the entire duration of our drive to Rhinelander. There was an incredibly long, horizontal lightning flash that we both agreed was the longest one we had ever seen. We arrived at our first temporary camp at Lake George Campsite. (Editor’s note; remember the word Campsite in the name of the place). Lake George is located just 5 miles outside of...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Made a decision

We made the decision to leave Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground and have arrived in Rhinelander, WI for the night. The refrigerator would take 2 weeks regardless of where we took it. So we have opted to go to Shakopee, MN to have a new cooling unit installed. It's near Mpls where I'll catch a flight. I'll be back in 2 weeks when the fridge is done. Then we just have 1 month to kill before they replace the roof in Forest City, Iowa where we moved the date up to Aug 1 instead of Oct 24, plus we'll already be closer to Iowa. We will also be going...

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Aug 4, 2008 - To the North Woods

West Bay Camping Resort-Rhinelander, WI This morning dawned bright and sunny after some heavy thunderstorms during the night. The coach and the car look a lot better as a result of the rain. The dust had piled up pretty thick on both. The grass in the park is thick and there is no mud problem. I had my breakfast then washed the windshield on the coach while Edie started stowing things inside. Cranked up the computer to check weather and our route, then programmed the GPS to take us to our destination. It says 144 miles to go, it turned out...

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Sep 23, 2007 - Center of the Western Hemisphere

Next morning we drove to Coffee Beans and visited over coffee and scones. Torrey and Daryl are great conversationalists. Daryl is a journalist and was a career Air Force Intelligence Officer. He has a million good stories which he tells with wit and a keen sense of irony and history. Torrey has also lived in many places and the conversation never drags. After coffee Daryl suggested we return to their house to exchange cars and then drive to Wausau where a friend of theirs has a piece in a show of Bird Art. We exchanged their SUV for...

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2007 Coast 2 Coast

Aug 13, 2005 - St. Germain, Wisconsin

On Sunday, July 24th, 2005, El Rocinanti was gassed up, along with the Honda Civic that Lynn would be driving following the motorhome. We had not installed a towing system for the Honda Civic as yet due to the cost, and we figured it would be enough to try and get familiar with driving the motorhome. The Honda would get close to 40 mpg and the motorhome only 9 mpg, so we figured it would not cost much to drive the Honda. We were ready to start the first leg of our trip to St. Germain, Wisconsin, (which has over 3200 lakes with many...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Rhinelander, Wisconsin

August 1 - What's a HODAG? We found out when we arrived in Rhinelander. It seemed like the whole town had adopted this creature as a special mascot. It had something to do with an old story that originated in early logging camps about the strange looking creature that someone had supposedly seen. Really weird. When we left Hayward I had set our GPS to the campground address in Rhinelander, so when we entered town we were led down a street toward a 12' underpass. Luckily we saw the sign less than a block from it and were able to turn off...

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