Travelin’ Local is in Wisconsin Again

Mar 17, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Today’s guest post is by the talented and engaging Lance, whose own blog, the Jungle of Life, has inspired me and others, to accomplish our goals, take a close look at who we are, and in no small part to due his enormous and copious way of providing motivation and inspiration via his writing and his dedication, I find myself returning over and over again.

Travelin Local’s message is clear yet profound: you can live anywhere in the world, and keep falling in love and enjoying your own city or town, without having to go very far or spend a lot of money.

One goal of hosting guest bloggers at Travelin Local, is that it affords our readers the chance to share their own neighborhoods and stories with others on the web, and that in turn, inspires us to get acquainted with places we’re perhaps not acquainted with or privy to– and may want to travel there at some point in the future.

But it also gives us flavors of the “Where’s,” “What’s,” “How’s,” “Why’s,” and “When’s” of how the locals view and interpret their surroundings. Without a doubt, Lance has accomplished this with his usual panache and style, and flair for the understated:

Travelin’ Local in Wisconsin

Hi everyone! This is Lance from the Jungle of Life. I’m coming to you from the heart of the United States – and this nation’s Dairy state – Wisconsin. Walk with me as we take a look at what “Travelin Local” means in this locale.

Our first stop is in our backyard. Beautiful winter days lead us oftentimes to the big hill behind our house. In fact, we’ve been known to call it a mountain (even though it’s nowhere near a mountain!). Many winter days are spent sledding and snowboarding, (not me, I’ll stick to the sled!) which are followed by a nice big cup of hot cocoa.

Winter also bring lots of basketball. So, we see a lot of gyms throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Three kids on three different basketball teams – we probably spend more time in gyms than we do in our own living room during the winter months!

Once it warms up outside, we’re all about getting out and enjoying nature. One of the latest family activities we’ve picked up doing is disc golf. With a new park that has a disc golf course within a couple of miles from home, this is a fun activity for us as a family, or even the kids and their friends.

Summer brings baseball and softball – and lots of time at local parks. A great time to be outside!

Some days, Travelin’ Local means just stepping out the back door to this – a mama deer and two fawns, while being able to see them briefly, before they dash off into the woods behind.

And Travelin’ Local is never complete without a stop at the local custard shop. A local place, that draws people from all over.

And we have it right down the road!

Thank you, Lance for being Travelin’ Local’s first guest blogger. In appreciation for Lance’s first guest post, I’d like to invite everybody to participate in a photography event which will honor the change of seasons. It’s an idea that takes us from winter, to indoors, to spring, just like Lance’s post revealed.

Spring is the perfect time for discovery–new seeds that sprout and grow, the snow melting, and the promise of summer right around the corner. Even though I live in Los Angeles and enjoy warm weather all year round, for those of you who reside in colder climates, spring invites outside activity, hiking, walking, running, taking your children to the playground, and bike riding to name but a few spring activities. What to do is only limited by your imagination.

What am I getting at with all of this talk of spring?

I’m inviting anyone and everyone who has a camera to take a picture on March 21, the first day of Spring.

I’ve created a group on Flickr, Spring into 2009 to host everyone’s pictures from around the world on the blogosphere. All you have to do is just join and download your pictures to the group.

So why don’t you Spring into 2009, go outside, and snap your favorite photos and welcome the change of season around the world. Choose the ones you like the best and put them up, it’s that simple.

Share a little of your world with the world on March 21st and please spread the word via your blog, Twitter, Flickr, or the social network of your choice. With your help, Spring into Action can be a true worldwide event…………………..:)

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30 Responses to “Travelin’ Local is in Wisconsin Again”

  1. Lance says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing a bit of my “travelin’ local” here today! It’s great to be here and share a bit of Wisconsin with you and your readers! The snow has melted, the birds are migrating back, and spring is in the air here! Which fits well with the new group you’ve created on Flickr – this should be a fun collection of photos to see – I’m looking forward to it!

    Thanks again Lisa – you’ve created a real collection and reminder of just how wonderful our own neighborhood can be!

    Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day


  2. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lance I love your post. You take the reader from winter to spring, and then summer. As soon as I read the post, the idea to share the first day of spring hit me. My only concern is that there’s not enough time to get people interested. We’ll see………….:)

    Thank you for our wonderful post.


  3. Evelyn Lim says:

    Great pictures you have here!! It’s nice that you have got 4 seasons and can snowboard during winter. I come from a tropical country and don’t get to experience the change in seasons. To enjoy any change in scenery, we have to travel abroad.

    Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..How To Ground Yourself In 7 Ways


  4. LifeMadeGreat | Juliet says:

    Hi Lisa
    Thank you for inviting Lance to show us some photos – a wonderful person to invite!

    Hi Lance
    Fantastic to see some of your life! Seems you live a beautiful and relaxing place!
    Those deer outside your home. What a wonder!


    LifeMadeGreat | Juliet’s last blog post..What Do You Think Of This Quote?


  5. Laurie says:

    Wow Lance, I can see why you like Wisconsin so much. Your back yard is so beautiful! Do you have a fire ring out there for campfires? How awesome that would be! In my neighborhood, I have one of the “over-sized” lots. Ha! While it is bigger than most around here it doesn’t even compare with yours. Some houses up here (or down from your perspective), are on a zero lot line. Houses are almost on top of each other. You could reach out your front door and knock on your neighbors side window.
    My dream is to retire to a lake in the mountains, build a log cabin, and enjoy nature (in the south- I don’t do cold very well)

    Thanks for sharing. Your kids looked great in their sport! It was fun to see your part of the globe.


  6. Barb Hartsook says:

    It’s a treat to visit your world, Lance. I covet your back yard — okay, that’s a little strong. But I do love it.

    I can relate to your gym-time during basketball season — and can only tell you, from a grandmom’s perspective — that those seasons close too soon. I can see you enjoy them. Good. :)

    I’ve never heard of disc golf — sounds like a ton of fun! We’ll have to investigate that. Thanks.

    Barb Hartsook’s last blog post..Simple Promise of Spring Renews Our Worlds, Our Purpose


  7. Diane C. says:

    Hi Lance, you live in a gorgeous part of the country. My in-laws live in Brookfield, WI. How wonderful that you and your family have a backyard and that beautiful hill to sled down. I like your pictures. It’s so nice of you to share what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..What’s Blooming at Tohono Chul


  8. Jenny Mannion says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Nice to meet you! Lance is wonderful and it was great to see his neighborhood! Your Spring idea is great and I will try and do that assignment… maybe my tulips that are JUST coming up! ;-) GREAT idea!

    So nice of you to share where you live. It looks beautiful and actually reminds me of where I live in upstate, NY. Lots of mountain,s hills, parks and wildlife… which are all so inspiring to be around. Thank you Lance!


    Jenny Mannion’s last blog post..My Personal Creed


  9. Laurie | Express Yourself to Success says:

    Spring into 2009 – what a fantastic idea! I’m looking foward to seeing all the photos.


  10. Jannie Funster says:

    I would be delighted to take a photo on March 21st!

    And Lance – a gift to this planet, if ever there were one.

    Jannie Funster’s last blog post..After May 10th


  11. Julie says:

    Lance, you’re making me homesick! ;) …the scenery, the activities… There’s goodness everywhere we turn, each locale stamped with its own specialty, yet there’s just something extra special about our own hometown roots. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful neighborhood!

    Lisa, this is a wonderful idea and so is your new photo project. Thanks for hosting!

    Julie’s last blog post..Molly


  12. Lisa's Chaos says:

    How fun! It’s funny that I meet another Wisconsin blogger from someone in Cali. :) I’ll try to do the spring photo. :)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Vibrant Beauties


  13. Natalia Burleson says:

    Hey Lance, Thanks for the local tour! Reminds me of upstate NY. Love the scenery and the deer! Lisa thanks for having Lance, he’s one of my favorites.

    Natalia Burleson’s last blog post..Any Bakers out there?


  14. Marelisa says:

    Hi Lance: You literally have a hill behind your house and deer in your backyard, wow. This reminds me a lot of when we lived in Stamford, Connecticut. I so need to go back for a visit. I’ve never been to any of the Central states, just to the East and the West Coast. It’s nice to get a look at how beautiful Wisconsin is.

    Marelisa’s last blog post..The Elasticity of Time (Part 4)


  15. Annette says:

    great pics and post Lance…..a lot like small town Kansas :)

    I believe it’s the people who make the town :)

    I’ll have to remember to get a pic for the first day of Spring ;)

    Annette’s last blog post..The Old and the New & an Awesome Tool


  16. suZen says:

    The pictures were great – especially the green summer ones! Traveling local is a great refreshing idea for this time of year especially – and I enjoyed seeing Lance’s little slice of heaven!

    suZen’s last blog post..The Pup and Present Moment Living


  17. Vered - MomGrind says:

    OMG I am so impressed with that hill right behind your house!!! I can’t believe I need to drive 4 hours to find some snow. It looks like SO MUCH FUN.


  18. Lance says:

    @Juliet – The deer are great. We had some more out again last night. In the fall, it was a family of turkeys that frequented our yard. Sometimes it’s like a zoo outside our back door! Thanks for stopping over here!

    @Laurie – Yep, we have a fire ring, and you can kind of see it in the deer picture. We don’t get out and use it enough! Our yard ends up being just under 2 acres. When it comes to cutting the grass – that seems like a lot!! Ha! You wouldn’t do well here Laurie – we definitely get cold (although yesterday was 75 degrees – a record!). Thanks for checking out our part of the globe Laurie!

    @Barb – When we bought our house, that was one of the things that really sold us on this place – the backyard. It’s become a great place to hang out, goof off, and just plain have fun! The sports seasons – it seems like we go right from one to the next. And…it’s hard to believe our kids are as old as they are already – so, yes, it does go fast… Disc golf – essentially frisbees that you toss toward a basket (instead of hitting a ball toward a hole). And the best part – it’s free! Last summer was the first time we tried it, with a new course that was built in our village’s park. And it’s really lots of fun! Thanks much for stopping in!

    @Diane – Thank you Diane! Brookfield! That’s just down the road from us- wow!! The hill in the backyard works great for sledding – lots of fun in the winter! Thanks for stopping by today!

    @Jenny Mannion – I say mountains, because we sometimes call our little hill a mountain. You definitely have something more in the line of mountains where you are!! Upstate NY is beautiful – we’ve visited once, several years ago. Now I’m wanting to come back out that way!! It’s great to see you here today Jenny – thank you!

    @Laurie/Epxress Yourself – Lisa’s idea is pretty awesome, I think, too!

    @Jannie – Awww, Jannie, you’re way too nice to me. You really are. And…I’m pretty happy right now!! Thank you Jannie – you always shine brightly wherever you go!!

    @Julie – Sorry Julie!! As cold as it seems sometimes, the snow is lots of fun. As busy as our days sometimes seem – our kids provide lots of joy (and a little stress!). And as much as the wildlife can sometimes seem like a nuisance – they are fun to see wandering about our yard, or in the fields and woods next to us. It is all good! Thank you Julie, for stopping by today!

    @Lisa – Ha! Yes, we have to travel to California to meet someone from the same “neck of the woods”! It’s great to meet you Lisa!! Spring is on it’s way…

    Lance’s last blog post..Going Local


  19. Stacey / Create a Balance says:

    Lisa – I love the idea of taking your travelin’ local blog on the road. Let me know if you ever want a guest traveler from the Chicago area.

    Lance – It’s great to see images from your life away from the computer. Chicagoland is pretty flat, so I’m looking forward to heading north one of these days once the flowers start to bloom.

    Stacey / Create a Balance’s last blog post..Shining Light On My Personal Creed


  20. Nathalie Lussier says:

    I loved the photo of the deer Lance! I used to live in the country in Quebec, Canada, and we would see deer all the time. Now I still see them, but usually from a car traveling the country roads. There are tons of them at this time of the year, because the sun is out and the fields are melting – so lots of food!

    I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of your local environment, it was fun and really welcoming. :)

    Nathalie Lussier’s last blog post..How To Pay The Bills While Following Your Passion


  21. Stacey Shipman says:

    Lance – awesome pictures…I want your back yard. That is awesome. We have deer and I just love all the nature. Thanks for sharing a bit from “your backyard”! Very cool. If you visited my neighborhood, your trip wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream from Nona’s! We all have our “final stop” :-)

    Stacey Shipman’s last blog post..Podcast Wednesday: Does Acknowledgment Work in the Workplace? Interview with Chris Littlefield


  22. Lance says:

    @Natalia – Hi Natalia! I’ve visited upstate NY one time – and I do see much resemblance (except we lack the mountains!). The deer are regular visitors. Our cat was outside last night, thinking he could take them on! Thanks much Natalia – it’s great to see you here today!!

    @Marelisa – Hi Mare! One summer I had the bright idea I should cut the grass on that hill with our push mower (what was I thinking!?!?!?!) – that was painful! I’m glad you liked the ‘tour’. Connecticut – I’ve been there once – and all I remember is a pouring rainstorm! (maybe I should visit again – in nicer weather!!). Thanks for stopping over here!

    @Annette – Hi Annette! Yes, we probably are similar to small town Kansas. We’re on the far far outskirts of Milwaukee – beyond us we have cornfields and dairy farms. And yes, I think it’s the people, too. And that’s really one of the great things about where we live – a great community of people. Thanks much Annette, for coming over here today.

    @SuZen – Hi SuZen! I like the green too – in fact, I’m ready for it now that the snow has melted! Thanks for visiting today!

    @Vered – Well…you drive four hours, and I’m sure you get hills that are more like mountains! Still, it is nice to just walk out the back door, grab a sled, and make a trail… We’ve had lots of fun memories in that spot! It’s great seeing you here today Vered!

    @Stacey/Create A Balance – I’m stepping away from the computer…(okay, maybe not right now!!). We’re really pretty flat around here too, just blessed with a small hill in our backyard. It’s fun to take our bikes down it during the summer too. A trip north…that sounds excellent!! It’s great to see you here today Stacey!

    Lance’s last blog post..Going Local


  23. Jennifer says:

    Hi Lance. I’ll take your backyard as well… The deer AND the snowy hill, but I only want it once or twice a year and then I’m ready for my southern, much warmer, weather. ;) It was great seeing your neighborhood and the sporting events and to know what you see every day.

    Lisa, I love your idea of everyone posting their spring pics. Great idea!! Oh and I have always loved your blog and the beautiful pics you take and post.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..The Power of Replacement


  24. Daphne says:

    Lisa, this is a great post. You certainly have a star blogger in Lance.

    Lance, I loved seeing the photos. And I learnt something new – disc golf. Gosh, you make me feel like migrating to the US, just to have a ‘mountain’ in my backyard! I must really look into it sometime. Wonderful read!

    Daphne’s last blog post..How To Find Happiness in 5 Minutes


  25. Lance says:

    @Evelyn – Hi Evelyn! Thank you!! Well…you won’t catch me on a snowboard coming down that hill. I’ll stick to a sled – or a pair of cross country skis! Yes, we definitely see all four of the seasons. Right about now that tropical climate is sounding pretty sweet – do you wanna trade? Thanks for stopping by here Evelyn!

    @Nathalie – It’s always fun to see the deer in our backyard! It’s not uncommon to see some sort of critter passing through. The deer seem to be sporadic – we’ll see them regularly for a while, and then not a all. Living in the country, in any part of Canada, I’m sure is well-populated with wildlife! Thanks much for stopping by here Nathalie – I really appreciate it!

    @Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey, thanks! The backyard at our house was a big reason why we bought this place. It ends up being a great place to hang out! Cutting the grass, though, that’s a job that can take a while! Nona’s, like LeDuc’s just sounds like a great place to end a warm summer day. Our kids can be coerced to go for a walk if it involved passing by LeDucs’ – shoot, I can be coerced if involves that, as well! So, what are we saying – a great day ends with a little bit of ice cream – that doesn’t sound so bad! Especially if it comes from that little mom and pop joint on the corner… Stacey, thanks for checking in here today!

    @Jennifer – Hi Jennifer! Ha ha! So, you’re the fair weather visitor! I understand!! We’ve had a pretty cold winter – and now that it’s starting to warm up, I’m ready for spring! I have to ask you, though, Jennifer – can’t you see me trying to come down that hill on a mattress?? Seeing it every day – that’s a great point – I see this everyday – and yet – start to take it for granted – until I was looking for pictures for Lisa. And I was reminded of what it is I love about living here. Just like every neighborhood has something special about it, something that makes it unique and great. Jennifer, it’s great seeing you here today!

    @Daphne – Hi Daphne, and thank you very much! And disc golf is pretty new to me also – last summer! It’s fun to play, cheap (free to play here), and a great activity to just get outside and do. And that “mountain” in our backyard – it’s really a hill – and I think that picture makes it look bigger than it really is! Although walking up the thing – it begins to feel like a mountain! If you ever end up over this way, you’re always welcome to stop by here and play on our “mountain”… Daphne, thanks for being here today!

    Lance’s last blog post..Going Local


  26. Jennifer says:

    Lance, I have to admit, I did think of you and your family trying to slide down the hill on a mattress. I can just see that.

    Yes, each neighborhood is unique in it’s own way. I often think about that – about how everybody has their own “reality” simply based on their surroundings and neighborhoods. How would I be different or have a different perception of life if I lived in a different neighborhood?

    Jennifer’s last blog post..The Power of Replacement


  27. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lance Thank you so much for guest posting on Travelin’ Local. I know I enjoyed your post, and from the reading the comments, everyone else did, too. I’m very happy you accepted my invitation to show your slice of the world by Travelin’ Local.

    I’d like to extent an additional thanks to everyone who visited Lance here. You made my day with your generous comments. I’m glad to have met all of you, and I will be visiting your blogs in the next day or two……………:)


  28. Caroline says:

    Oh how great! And that back yard!! Holy cow! Lance, really enjoyed getting a glimpse of your neck of the woods!

    This is a great blog too! Glad to come and visit and new spot.

    Caroline’s last blog post..I forgive myself…


  29. Lance says:

    @Jennifer – I finally tossed the mattress this past weekend, too – so there will be no more “mattress sledding” at our house – kind of takes the fun out of it all, doesn’t it! That’s a good point – how our perception might change based upon where we live, what we see everyday, and who we’re around – it all affects us.

    @Lisa – It was great being here Lisa! And fun to share a bit of my backyard and neighborhood! Thank you!!

    Lance’s last blog post..It’s Time For Class


  30. Lance says:

    Hi Caroline! “Holy cow!” – that sure sounds like a Wisconsin reference!!! Our backyard is a great place to hang out at. It also means many hours cutting the grass too! I’m sure you’ll like it here Caroline, Lisa’s blog is a very fun place to visit – especially since you happen to enjoy photos!

    Lance’s last blog post..It’s Time For Class


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