YAY I’m so excited —> headed to Wisconsin in just a few hours. It’s almost been a year so it’s overdue that I head on back!

crazyrunninggirl.cabin2012[it’s a little too cold for this view… but still, beautiful!]


To celebrate, I’m sharing 10 fun facts about Wisconsin. All that you ever wanted to know about America’s cheesiest state. 



1. The Packers are pretty much life in the fall for Wisconsinites.



If you want to go shopping, game time is the time to go. The roads are empty and the stores are clear. But if they lose, expect everyone to be crabby that week!



2. The winters are rough, but the falls are beautiful.



I love the changing seasons of Wisconsin and it’s true that the winters can be rough. I remember when we would get like 8″ of snow, and we wouldn’t even have school canceled! I absolutely love the fall months in Wisconsin though, so amazing with the perfect weather. Spring and summer aren’t too bad either, though. 😉



3. We love ourselves some brats.



You can eat brats anyway you want — I think my Dad only puts mustard on his, I like mine with ketchup and mustard. But you MUST eat a Johnsonville. 



4. Hey cheese lovers —> 



Wisconsin is the only state to offer a Master Cheesemaker program. It takes three years to complete, and you need 10 years of cheese making experience before you can even apply as a candidate. 

Sign. me. up.



5. Door County is our best kept secret.

It’s been awhile since we’ve been there, but we’ll be back next summer.

So, what is Door County? It’s the little pinky on the state… the piece that sticks out.

Door County takes its name from a dangerous sea passage where the waters of Green Bay join those of Lake Michigan—early French explorers named it the Porte des Morts, or Death’s Door.



6. I saw the hodag…



The city of Rhinelander has its own mythical beastie, the Hodag, which is a sort of horned frog thing. A captive Hodag was exhibited at the Oneida County fair, but sadly was revealed to be a hoax. We rented a cabin in Rhinelander for 8 years and sadly, did not see a hodag. Although we always told my niece and nephew that we did. 😉



7. No, we’re not the Badger State because of those mean rodents.

Wisconsin is known as the Badger State after the habits of early miners in the region who either lived in mine shafts or dug their homes out of the sides of hills — just like Badgers do.



8. Wisconsin actually has more lakes than Minnesota.



Well, technically. Apparently, we in Wisconsin like to count anything as a lake, while our friends in Minnesota prefer that they meet a certain size. As long as it has water and you can put a boat on it, it counts, right? 



9. Wisconsin’s highest peak is less than 2,000 feet.

I just learned this this morning and had no idea! Yeah, the hills aren’t part of our blood, apparently. (Maybe that’s why it’s a good state to run a marathon? It’s where I BQed the first time!)

The highest natural point in Wisconsin isn’t a mountain – it’s actually a hill. Timm’s Hill is recorded at 1,951 feet. Due to Wisconsin’s mostly glaciated terrain, there aren’t a lot of craggy peaks. However, the glaciers did give us some benefits — we have some beautiful rolling hills with valleys and prairies. I do love Wisconsin’s landscape, so beautiful!



10. Home is always where the heart will be.



Even though I don’t make it back to Wisconsin very often and I know that as soon as I turned 18, I was gunning to get out of there ASAP, it’s still where a piece of my heart will always be. I’ve grown to appreciate the state so much more over the years and am proud to call it home!


Do you live in your home state? What is your home state? Do you go back to visit often?

What’s your favorite state that you’ve visited in the U.S.? 

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