Author Archive Raymond Ross

Riding Through The Smoky Mountains!

I hope you all are having a great day. I’m with Dustin Gillan He’s the owner of mountain life power sports, and he has the first free legal four-wheeler in Tennessee I’m gonna take it over to him and he’s gonna tell you all about his bike. It’s a 2000 model 300 X It’s all do t approves signal lights hazard lights and also horn Vo2 approved wheels and tires, of course, we had to make custom adapters to make the wheels actually fit I get pulled over everywhere I go and then we get to educate the officers It has every requirement speedometer horn hazard signals mirrors tag elimination if you can imagine if it has it’s just a Lot of fun to ride you get a lot of weird look citizen’s arrest But I love it. It’s just different. Hopefully you guys can enjoy it as much as I do. Don’t break anything, please Yeah, I’ll try not to First time riding a street-legal quad, this is awesome And getting a lot of weird looks already First impression and rides like a four-wheeler.

I’m not too big into four-wheelers and motorcycle rides in WI, but it’s such a weird sensation tripping one down the road And this is the 300 exc. Definitely regrets that a little bit probably should have done over 400 e X there’s something a little bit bigger. But he’s planning a full custom build in the future But I guess he gets hassled at non stopped by the local law enforcement there’s another guy that I actually tried to do one of these builds and he Did not do it right cutting a bunch of corners. They gave him a really bad name So it’s definitely not widely accepted yet But he’s helped with a lot of conversion kits and you’ll probably see a lot more of these on the road This is also in Townsend, Tennessee, by the way What a good spot to turn around Take a little racetrack there here Whoo Just like that guys off the street onto the trails that is pretty cool See if we can top it out Whoa a little sketchy not gonna lie I just can’t get over this guys. This is so cool I’ve been wanting to do this myself for a while.

So that’s something you’re interested in. Go ahead Let me know but it’s definitely everything. I hoped it to be so far If you can’t do two wheels definitely consider this an option man, we were in the trailer hood right now In an area like this with a bunch of twists and turns always it’s a blast. He said a couple of the spacers are a little bit off So it does have some wobble to it, but they’ll get it fine-tuned in their next custom build They’re looking to invest like twenty thousand dollars into a full build.

So if that would be pretty sweet I guess we’ll take it to the dead end I mean how fun would it to be to go ripping through a city on a four-wheeler? It will be like, what the heck? Like I say get ready to deal with some cops, though Oh drift around that corner All right, we vent met the end of the road and we’re in the holler let’s get out of here boys Oh to win it Sebring wheelie uphill try again Then in wrong way Oh man, I thought I was putting it down there Oh my god, this thing is sick Give it sir Coming in hot Oh, man, I could do this all day That just feels so weird literally I don’t think a single person has not stared at me Well guys I’m gonna keep this short and sweet and just enjoy myself because this is a lot of fun But if any of you guys are interested in doing something like this, I’ll leave his information down in the description below I Got lost in the hoggar neighborhood. It’s like a private road back there.

Let’s say appreciate it man Definitely a weird experience man. I don’t think a single person didn’t like stop to stare at me Like what the heck is this four-wheeler doing ripping down the roof? I’m gonna do my best to give you Heck. Yeah, go for it Whoo, how’s a rush man? I was ripping that thing through some tight turns in there like you saw It does man you can really get it.

That’s fun Yeah Really give it to it. I hope you enjoyed this video a really cool idea I hope to do one in the future But if you want to do anything like that I’ll leave its contact information down in the description below hit them up if you have any questions and even builds them so if that’s something you’re into.

The best places to visit in Wisconsin

Wisconsin also referred to as badger state or America’s Dairyland is located in the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the United States, it is home to many desirable travel locations from big cities to national parks.

Offering a range of sites and attractions for thrill-seekers nature lovers and Families travelers can find amusement and relaxation year-round in Wisconsin though tourists should be prepared for any type of weather if they want to have the best possible vacation.

We could have made the list twice as long it was really hard to choose among the many beautiful places the State House, so explore the best of Wisconsin at the most beautiful places in the state that you never knew:

Number one Apostle Islands National Lakeshore along windswept beaches and cliffs visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture and past meets present the 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Visitors can hike paddle sail or cruise to experience these jewels of Lake Superior though today a walk along most trails on the Apostle Islands will give the hiker a feeling of wilderness.

It’s well to remember that not so long ago people called these islands home if you know what to look for you can still see evidence of their homes and workplaces in the island landscape sometimes the traces of past lives are easy to spot stone walls like fortress ramparts loom above the quarry pit number two big Manitou falls. The 160 five foot tall big Manitou falls in Patterson State Park near superior is the fourth tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains impressive for sure the water comes from the Black River meandering 22 miles southwest of the park on the Wisconsin Minnesota border as it passes through Patterson its first drop is actually 31 feet over little Manitou Falls then it reaches your inspiring big Manitou Falls

The best vantage point to see big Manitou is from the south where two overlooks provides head-on views of the waterfall. Another National Natural Landmark in Wisconsin and also the dual box of America’s major caves named a search for the delicacy of its formations number three is the Cave of the mounds the main cave began forming more than a million years ago as acidic water dissolved the limestone bedrock the cave was accidentally discovered in 1939 when workers removing limestone from a quarry blasted into rock revealed this stupendous underground cavern with rooms galleries nooks and crannies today more than 25,000 people visit the cave each year choose a hot summer day to visit the cave has the same temperature every day of the year oh cool 50 degrees [Music] number four Devils Lake State Park [Music] pebbles Lake State Park not far from Wisconsin Dells is the most visited state park in Wisconsin each year hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy the 360 acre springfed Lake the 500-foot Bluffs teetering over it in the 30 miles of trails that comprise the trifecta of this natural wander scientists believe the bluffs were formed 1.6 billion years ago making them one of the most ancient rock outcrops in North America part of the Baraboo Range this ancient rock and roll’ consists of hill ranges surrounding a canoe shaped depression.

The Rangers are resplendent for their plum colored quartzite a metamorphic rock formed from sandstone but under great heat and pressure. Five high cliff state park and the Niagara Escarpment [Music] the locals call it the ledge the limestone cliff that runs through high cliff state park situated on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago Wisconsin’s largest lake mine that this is no ordinary limestone cliff it’s the Niagara Escarpment a 440 million year old cliff that begins in Wisconsin and extends 1,000 miles to Niagara Falls in Wisconsin. This major land feature is rich with fossils old native force ‘land rare plant species caves waterfalls and is a migratory stop for birds in the spring and fall this Rock corridor also has petroglyphs pictographs and effigy mounds clues to the state’s Native American past no trip too high cliff is complete without scaling the lookout tower in the upper park where you can see 30 miles to the north west and south six the Dells of the Wisconsin River.

Sometimes called the Wisconsin Dells though this is often confused with a touristy town of the same name the Dells of the Wisconsin River is a spectacular 5-mile gorge on the state’s largest River this area about standing natural beauty boasts many unique sandstone rock formations canyons and cliffs some as high as 100 feet the Dells area is also home to an abundance of unique flora and fauna such as cliff cut weed found in only one other location on the planet and six species of dragonfly given its fragile ecological state it’s not the easiest place to access and those wanting to experience its beauty must user by boat.

A variety of regular excursions are available taking in both the upper and lower areas of this spectacularly beautiful region seven chain O Lakes if one Wisconsin Lake is wonderful then how would you describe 28 lakes all interconnected no less the chain O Lakes deep in the North Woods of Wisconsin is the largest inland chain of lakes in the world.

The depth of these lakes varies widely from one to the next providing sufficient space for whatever floats your boat be it water skiing wakeboarding pontoon cruising canoeing kayaking or fishing while the lakes themselves are 100% natural it was the work of humans that connected all of them dams were built to dam up the Wisconsin and Eagle rivers as a way to connect the lakes to serve the logging industry and generate electricity the chain O Lakes crosses villus and Oneida counties in a number of the lakes border the Nicolay National Forest on the east shoreline of the chain and this is wooded land that will never be developed [Music]

Amy Kahn Falls State Park the 825 acre 334 hectares park is located in South Range.Wisconsin southeast of the city of superior it features a series of waterfalls on the Omnicon River as it flows around a small island and under a historic covered bridge there are full waterfalls in Am need can pull State Park the Omnicon River Forks around an island with two waterfalls on each side upper and lower Omnicon Falls are certainly pretty especially with the old covered bridge over the Lower Falls and temperamental now and then Falls is interesting but snake pit Falls sounds like a badass place to go skinny-dipping 9 par fries Glen [Music] par fries Glen

Wisconsin’s first State Natural Area near the popular Devils Lake State Park the Glen is a deep gorge cut through the sandstone of the South flank of the Baraboo Hills. It’s cool dump and often foggy misty making for some creepy photo ops. The walls of the glamour Sunstone but with striations of various geological periods. This is a must for any rock and mineral lover.

Lakeman okra is a large lake in Oneida County. Tourists can find many vacation rentals around the lake and access the water from parks and public voting landings. The destination is most popular in the winter for snowmobiling and in the summer for water skiing and boating and throughout a year – pokies free games. Fish found in Lake Manawa include largemouth and smallmouth bass and northern pike.

Exclusive Preview: Our House – The Wisconsin Capitol

It’s a masterpiece of design and engineering. They wanted it to be a symbol of self rule. A very high-minded idealized notion of democracy. Designed by an American master. This was the crowning gem in his life’s work. And filled with priceless art work. It’s Wisconsin’s most valuable work of art. There’s nothing like it. It’s a state capitol that was created for all of us. I always think of it as the most public building in Wisconsin. It’s always open, 365 days out of the year. After a catastrophe ruined its predecessor. An hour after the fire starts, it’s lighting up the sky. The Capitol would face its own disaster. There were actually parts of the mosaics that leaned forward. The whole thing was at risk of crumbling down. And it would take a massive 12-year effort to save the building. The restoration of this building was important because this is a masterpiece.

This National Historic Landmark is one of the most admired capitols in the country. I’m going to discover its remarkable history, explore its grand spaces and uncover a few of its hidden secrets. This is the story of Our House: The Wisconsin Capitol. The Wisconsin State Capitol was conceived just after the turn of the century in an era of American optimism. States were building ever more grand capitols to express their success, pride and democratic ideals. If Europe’s palaces were made for monarchs, America was building them for its people. When it came time for Wisconsin to build such a palace, it would be one for the ages. Since its completion in 1917, the Wisconsin Capitol has contained the state’s four branches of government. Its symmetrical form creates a unique balance between the spaces of the Governor, Senate, Assembly and Supreme Court. Everything is equal in that building. Every aspect of government is weighted equally. No one wing is more important than the other wings. This uniformity is made possible because the Capitol is arranged in the shape known as a St. Andrews Cross. St. Andrews Cross is essentially an X. Here at our Capitol, it lines up with the points of the compass, and also the streets that are coming towards the Capitol. It’s the only capitol in the country laid out this way, making it notoriously bewildering to navigate. It’s a mirror this way at 90 degrees and it’s a mirror at 180. So, it’s inherently confusing and you can get entirely turned around and end up in a different place in the city than you intended. You can get very easily turned around, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

That Capitol’s layout creates many access points. And all of these entrances feed into a central circular area called the Rotunda. This is the Capitol’s premier public space. The Rotunda is immense in scale. Natural light pours in from skylights in the wings and the dome’s 19-foot high cathedral windows. The space is intended to draw our eyes upward, fitting for a building designed to inspire us. The Rotunda is a big part of why the Capitol attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. We call our Rotunda the living room for a reason. That’s because it is always open, 365 days out of the year, people can come in and get married her,e we have blood drives here, we have school groups here. It is one of the most public features of the state of Wisconsin. The Capitol is and was always meant to be a public building. From the time it was built, it was referred to casually as quote – The People’s House, which was a phrase that originated 100 years earlier with The White House in the middle of the 19th century. It fit the idea of how the building should be used.

Even if you look at it architecturally, there are doors everywhere. It’s meant to be an open public building. It brings people in. It invites people in, accessibility is kind of its thing. The Capitol was basically designed and placed within the cityscape to express the notion of accessibility. Many of our rooms can be reserved by people who get permits, weddings can happen here, retirement parties happen here. I myself have signed as a witness for at least two different marriage certificates just from working here for two years. Even if legislators are meeting, even if the Governor is signing a bill, it’s still open to everyone.

Travel Wisconsin: Live from Summerfest 50

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luke Bryan, Paul Simon, Zach brown band, and the outlaw music festival. Bringing together music’s hottest stars with 900,000 people from around the world for an unforgettable live music experience. Spotlight is about to shine, 11 stages, great food and drinks along Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront. Live from the shores of lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, “Travel Wisconsin” presents opening night of Summerfest 50.

[Laughter] Hello, Facebook fans, all of us at “Travel Wisconsin” are thrilled to have you from around the world joining us from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, live on Facebook to celebrate 50 years of summer fest, presented by American Family Insurance. I’m Stephanie, secretary of Wisconsin Department of tourism, also known as “Travel Wisconsin”. And I am standing on the Henry Maier Summerfest Grounds in front of beautiful lake Michigan. We have to give a very special thank you to Milwaukee’s own Harley Davidson for letting us set up next to their road house stage which you can see just behind me. Now, this place is cool. We wanted to come to you live last night for the big opening but mother nature had other plans.

We’re really excited to be with you tonight to kick things off, complete with Summerfest big bang fireworks. Yes! You know it guys. They’re rowdy back there. They’re rowdy.

In Wisconsin, Summerfest is as iconic as cheese , beer, and the Green Bay Packers. It’s the world’s largest music festival and one of the long est running in the world. People from around the planet come to listen to 11 days of the hottest stars in music. Enjoy great food and drinks and have fun with friends. In honor of the last 50 years we’ve got some great Summerfest stories lined up for you and we’ll have a performance by local band eagle trace.. Last night we talked with country music star Frankie Ballard, his album had three hit singles that went to number one.

Check it out. >> It is so awesome to meet you >> Pleasure’s mine. >> Stephanie: This is not your first time to to Summerfest, is it?

>> No. We were here with Luke Bryan last year. It was exciting. >> Stephanie: And now you’re a headliner, the man. >> I wish I was on the big stage but we are on a big stage. It’s really cool to be playing.

Whenever you get to play. >> Stephanie: That is the truth what would you say your favorite part about Summerfest, which is the world’s largest music festival, what’s your favorite part about playing here? >> I like looking out and seeing the fans. Getting into the summer months and these festivals, I look forward to them all year around. They’re just more exciting for the event it seems than any other event . So I think the Summerfest fans are psyched.

>> Stephanie: Having been to Milwaukee a few times, it’s a city on the move and a city fast. What are your thoughts about this city along lake Michigan? >> We got to go around today to the museum.

>> Stephanie: I love this sweater. Rocking it. >> As if they need anymore advertising.

>> Stephanie: It’s an awesome company. >> We were able to drive around a bit downtown. It looked like there was a lot of young people around. Lots of new condos and restaurants of the just an energy.

>> Stephanie: Well, we are just so thrilled to have you in Wisconsin. To have you at Summerfest. Thank you so much for your time. I know you have to get going.

There are thousands of people out there ready to hear this band. >> Soaking wet. >> Stephanie: This man can sing. It’s worth the wait and then some.

>> I’ll try to live up to it. >> Stephanie: The crowd is going crazy here at Summerfest. And last night the crowd here loved Frankie. What a talented guy. So hang on!>> They’re pumped up.

>> Stephanie: It’s always my pleasure to welcome another Summerfest fan and Harley rider. He is the governor of the great state of Wisconsin, Scott Walk er. Welcome, governor.

>> Governor Walker: Great to be here. What a crowd, huh? They’re psyched. >> Stephanie: What — Milwaukee is your area. How many Summerfests are have you been to? Give just about every one since the mid 1908’s.

Weds a little rain last night. I remember 1986, I came to watch IN XS and it got rained out. I was in the area right here, none of this great stuff like we see right now was there. We were on a park bench waiting to watch in the rain.

And the rain got high enough it almost covered the first layer of where we were standing. >> Stephanie: Oh, my goodness. Last night those storms were crazy. >> Governor Walker: But it’s great right now, the perfect time. The rest of this week, next week, the perfect time to be at Summerfest.

>> Stephanie: You’ve seen a lot of bands. Do you have a favorite? >> Governor Walker: I’m going to come back on Sunday night and watch the Steve Miller Band. And then next Friday we’re going to be back watching Huey Lewis & The News. In the 1980s we loved to come and watch them.

They got into the Hall of Fame here. We’ve seen them a couple of times since then and we’re going to watch them again next Friday. They are always excellent. >> Stephanie: For all of our Facebook fans, friends and fans who have never been to Summerfest, what would you say to them to get them to check this out?

>> Governor Walker: It’s the world’s largest music festival so you have to check it out. There’s something for everybody. Me, I’m approaching my 50s, almost the same age as Summerfest. So I love the classic rock. We’ve seen everything from Huey Lewis & The News, hall & Oates, Commodores last year. But you’ve got country, young acts, stuff kids in their 20s love.

800 bands, 11 stages, yeah, 11 days, all of these different stages. You got to check it out. Summerfest. Visit to find out more about the Summerfest and everything about the state.

>> Stephanie: How do you describe Summerfest. It’s hard to describe. >> Governor Walker: You pick up a vibe that you carry from one spot to the next.

We’re on the lake front, beautiful breeze. You get a little more inside, further west it’s a little warmer. You got — I love the roadhouse behind you, Harley Davidson. >> Stephanie: It’s awesome. >> Governor Walker: You’re going to see another great act tonight, every night.

I tell people all the time you might go to a state fire or county fair and see an impressive act, they’re like that every night, on every stage. >> Stephanie: The talent level here is crazy. Now, next stop we have a story about a group that has been coming every year since 1968. People recognize them by the shirts they wear. They’re a Summerfest institution with some very unique traditions like never using their real names while they’re here. So now they’re passing down their Summerfest traditions to the next generation.

Here’s their story. It’s hard to believe but we ever been here 43 years in a row, every day of Summerfest. >> Sometimes I would be late but we always find you guys because we have Hawaiian shirts on. >> Purpose of the Hawaiian shirt. You can always find a friend.

>> Mine are hand-made. My wife makes mine. I get a new one every year. This stage from the post part, beach boys, 70s, we’re talking, you know. And that was Hawaiian shirt thing.

Then it got to be a tradition. And the ladies who would run the beer tents would call us the shirts. >> Roy Orbis, who doesn’t follow him? >> Tina Turner. A zillion people in the audience here.

We used to know all of the bands. Not so much anymore. >> There would be huge squirtgun fights >> 25 years we brought squirt guns. >> Front page of the Wisconsin journal.

A large picture of me with a squirtgun squirting a photographer. We’re training the youngsters. >> Nieces and nephews, three, four generations. >> I don’t know if we should tell everybody this. We’ll really have a crowd now>> It’s the South Harley beer tent. Our true fester s, true friends.

They’re all here at 6:30. >> Summerfest is the best thing Milwaukee does. There’s nothing like this in the rest of the country . >> You can’t come just once >> It’s been tons of fun. Happy birthday, Summerfest.

Happy 50th, absolutely. >> Stephanie: Now, I’m telling you, those guys are incredible. Now we’ve got another really big guest to bring out. For two decades he’s been the voice of the Green Bay Packers so please help me welcome the one, the only, Wayne Larrivee.

[Cheers and Applause] >> Wayne: How are you doing, guys? What a night down here. >> Stephanie: Yes! >> Wayne: Does you see those guys with the shirt that said I feel left out? Pretty amazing. >> You can see anything at Summerfest.

It’s great. >> Stephanie: We know this isn’t your first Summerfest. >> Wayne: No.

>> Stephanie: Do you have a favorite Summerfest memory? >> Wayne: I do. My youngest son Brian and I, about seven, eight years ago, we’re stumbling along here in the main drag looking for food and all of a sudden we come upon a stage, I want to say the Miller Lite stage. There’s this group playing and it’s deep purple. You have to understand, going back in time when I was a high school senior, deep purple came online with “Smoke on the water.”

Well, they’re cranking it out for two hours. Brian and I stood on a bleacher seat and watched this thing. I had no idea they were here. But that’s the thing about Summerfest. If you don’t check the roster, you’ll find something here. It’s wonderful.And you both liked it.

>> Wayne: Yeah. He had no idea who deep purple was but he liked it at the end. Hard rock ‘n’ roll.

>> Governor Walker: My kids, too, journey, REO speedwagon. They love their own stuff but they enjoy ed that music. You can only see it at a place like Summerfest.

>> Stephanie: Do you plan on seeing anybody this year in particular? >> Wayne: Just so happens Paul Simon mix wife wants to meet Paul Simon, my wife Julie. We are going out west for Fourth of July but come Klay Thompson — coming back for one of my favorites, Huey Lewis & The News you got to love them. >> Governor Walker: Paul Simon. A little fun with all of that stuff. >> Wayne: Great stuff.

>> Governor Walker: How are the Packers going to do this year? >> Wayne: Scott, they’re a different team. It’s a different leadership dynamic in the locker room right now. But I love what they did in the draft. They had to get faster and bigger in the secondary and they did. With Kevin king, cornerback out of Washington.

With Josh Jones, safety. I think he may be their most impactful rookie this year. He’s a kid with 4.4 speed. He’s a safety. They’ll manufacture him to linebacker.

I think they’re going to blitz the quarterback with him a lot. He’s a sudden kid. Looks like he likes to to hit.

We haven’t seen anyone yet but we’ll see soon enough. >> Governor Walker: A lot of Packers shirts out here. We always see Packers out there. It’s nice to see brewers shirts and even bud shirts. People are excited about all of our great sports teams.

>> Wayne: How about the brewers? What a season. This is supposed to be a rebuilding team and they’re leading the division. It’s phenomenal what they are doing.

>> Stephanie: Yes. With the Packers, before you were the voice of the Packers, you were with the Bears. Tell us a little bit about your past in the world of broadcasting.

Sordid past. [Laughter] >> Wayne: I started out Kansas City. Second year out of college I got the job broadcasting Kansas City Chiefs football, which was great. And I met my wife Julie there in Kansas City.

She’s from Topeka. She was interning at the station. So we’re two young kids, you know, in Kansas City. It was great.

I was there for seven years. Bad years but for me wonderful to broadcast. Then the Bears job opened in 1985, WGN put a new group. I was working all of a sudden with Jim Hart, former quarterback, and Dick Butkus, doing the 1985 Bears.

And I’m saying, wow, you know, the best record the teams had at my time there was 9 -7 and lost six of their last eight to get there. So all of a sudden the 1985 Bears were like, Oh, my God. But it was great. It was fun. It was wonderful. My — you could ask my wife this.

My number one love had always been the Green Bay Packers. Ever since I was a kid, growing up in Massachusetts. They were the 60s Packers. I always said if I could do football on Sundays on the radio, I would love to do the Green Bay Packers. And I’ve always said that all along the way. This job opened up when Jim decided to retire.

He said, are you interested? I said, absolutely. And one thing led to another. >> Governor Walker: At Lambeau Field.

It’s like Wrigley, Fenway, you got to be at Lambeau Field. Whether you’re a Packers fan or not, it’s like going to a shrine. >> Wayne: So many people make a pilgrimage to Lambeau Field every year.

I have college friends, high school friends, come for that one game, that bucket list. >> Governor Walker: And people get treat well there I was surprised over the years not only for packer games but last year when the badgers and L.S.U. play ed, I still heard people say, wow, people were amazing, just so nice to us. Even though very competitive obviously.

The people treated them so well. >> Wayne: The L.S.U. people, I was doing the SEC tournament the spring before and the L.S.U. people said, Oh, my gosh, we can’t wait to go to Lambeau Field. So they got in days early and had a great time.

The other place you’re treated really well as a sports fan is Miller part h park. >> Stephanie: Yes. Yes. >> Wayne: From the person who takes your ticket at the gate all all the way through, they are great.

>> Governor Walker: And year in and year out you see in the rankings one of the best if not the best ballpark in major league baseball. >> Wayne: Absolutely. And Lambeau Field annually considered the best football venue in the NFL. We’re really blessed in Wisconsin with the sports teams we have and the venues. >> Governor Walker: And a new one coming up with the bucks.

— Bucs. >> Stephanie: Going to be gorgeous. Non-sports question. Tell us about one of your favorite places to travel in Wisconsin.

>> Wayne: Oh, gosh. There’s so many. Obviously I love going to play golf. All the courses it’s just such a special little place. But I love Dor county, the harbor. They’ve got golf courses, the water.

It reminds me so much of where I grew up going to vacation as a kid in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It’s that kind of feel. >> Stephanie: You have excellent taste. >> Governor Walker: It’s a state park.

Wilson’s ice cream right there. Great spot to be. >> Wayne: Absolutely. >> Stephanie: You know what we haven’t discussed yet?

The great food and drinks here at Summerfest. So you guys, what are your favorites? >> Governor Walker: By far, I love the open-faced pull pork sandwich and fries pretty good stuff. >> Wayne: I like Charcoal Grill, a nice double hamburger.

>> Stephanie: I like it. I like it. >> Governor Walker: I’m hungry already. >> Stephanie: Nothing goes better on a hot summer night than a cold beer. And Summerfest has you covered. There’s one beer name that just goes hand in hand with Summerfest, Miller brewing company.

Miller has called this city home for 160 years and Miller Lite is the official beer of Summerfest. So next up, a short video about Miller brewing company. We’re going to answer the question everyone has been asking, exactly how much beer is served during this 11-day festival. Check it out. Welcome to the historic Miller brewing company. We’ve been here for over 162 years.

Nation of Patriots. Patriot Riding Tour

“Let every Nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, and oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” –John F.

Kennedy The Nation of Patriots and the Patriot Tour works to unite a divided nation and honor military sacrifices. During one of the most divisive times in American history the Nation of Patriots works to unite the citizens of our great country under the banner of Patriotism. It seeks to honor all Military personnel through improving the lives of those who served to protect us. The Patriot Tour was first conceived of in 2009 by Bill Sherer while carrying the American flag on his motorcycle to create awareness for his buddies, mostly veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan War, who made sacrifices on behalf of our country.

It has now evolved into a nationwide effort. The Patriot Tour, a Non-Profit, all Volunteer organization raises money to help families of wounded veterans. While the Nation of Patriots promotes its mission and message most visibly each summer through the Patriot Tour, this cause is so much more than a motorcycle ride. “Our Mission is provide financial support to the families of wounded veterans, but we also want to bring the nation together to proudly wave the flag of freedom, and honor the sacrifices of all Military personnel, past, present, and fallen.” –Bill Sherer In 2015, records indicated that 307,000 american veterans passed away while waiting for services from the V.A.

Hospital. Men and Women who put their lives on the line for everything we have in this country. These people died waiting for services that we promised them. It’s easy to blame the Government, but this is not a Government problem, this is an American problem, and we need to stand up and fix that problem. Stand up as a United States of America.

It’s on us. Now entering its seventh year, the Patriot Tour travels all forty eight contiguous united states in one hundred days. “The cause is not just those one hundred days, it’s year round, we’re constantly working, spreading the message, spreading the cause. You know the easiest thing to do is look someone in the eye and ask, ‘Are you a patriot?’

“Put all politics aside, this effort has to do with helping these people, who get paid little to nothing, that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to have our opinions. This goes back generations – grandfathers, fathers – I get to live in the world because of them. I don’t know anybody who hasn’t been touched, or had a family member serve. It’s why we do this. It’s all about them.” –Brad Webber

Outdoor Wisconsin

– We’ve come to Lewis Station Winery in Lake Mills, one of many craft wineries here in Wisconsin. And in just a few minutes, we’ll follow the grape harvest from the vine to the bottle at Three Branches Vineyard and Fisher King Winery in Verona. And then we’ll get some turkey calling tips from 12-times state champion Jeff Fredrick, but first, we’ll join a field trip organized by the National Resources Foundation of Wisconsin as volunteers band fledgling kestrels at Badger Mining Company in Jackson County.

I’m Dan Small and it’s time once again for Outdoor Wisconsin.

– The American kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, and it’s a common bird that’s often seen perched on power lines along highways and hovering over roadside vegetation as it hunts small mammals and insects. Kestrels raise their young in natural cavities in man-made nest boxes. On a field trip offered last summer by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, we joined staffers and volunteers from Beaver Creek Reserve and Badger Mining Company as they monitored several kestrel nest boxes and banded kestrel chicks. (gentle guitar music) – [Nora] This is our 25th anniversary year of our field trip program, and it was born out of an idea that we need to foster a direct connection with nature.

– [Volunteer] Here we have five chicks in here. – Ooh excellent, five babies. We have a successful nest. So five eggs, we’ve got (laughs) So we’ll bring the biggest one down, see if it’s old enough to be added. It’s so inspiring to come out here to see, to watch our members feel this intimate connection with nature and with, not just with nature, but with the people who invest their lives and their work, and their effort, and their time and so many of them are volunteering to monitor nest boxes and to care for Wisconsin’s unique natural resources. – So one of our citizen science projects is the American kestrel nest box monitoring program, and we have been working on this program since 2002, and we monitor kestrel nest boxes throughout Eau Clare County and at Badger Mine Corporation property.

Badger County mine silica sand for use in the foundry and the gas and oil fields. We have many other resources, including forestry land, cropland, streams, we’ve got wetlands and all that we manage as a web of resources centered around the active mine, so we put a lot of time and effort and stewardship work into managing all the resources on the site, ’cause the environment’s important to this company. So, initially when we started the program in 2009, we had active nest boxes and we had an active nest box that we put a game camera on to capture just what was going on, and within one week period there was 37 episodes where, instances where it brought a kill back to the young and that particular was amazing to me, and that ranged from several incidents with mice, voles, shrews, some small snakes, a few songbirds and then some other unidentified prey species. So we started this kestrel nest boxes, with 10 boxes we’ve added two so we’re at 12 nest boxes, starting 10 years ago so that would have been 2009 we started the program, and right from the get go we were at about 60% nest success rate, which the state average is 25%. The birds really took to it and that’s linked to these continuous grassland ecosystems that are connected, and they have excellent forage and they’ve just been very successful. We’ve had up to 90% success rate in our nest boxes and also down to 33%, so it ranges but it has always been above the state average and somewhat successful, so we’ve had up to 45 chicks each year fledged from our boxes, we’ve banded several adults each year and continue to gather data from re-captures, where they’ve been re-captured and some of the information is starting to tell a story.

Wood Duck Box, that’s where the mother to this one came from. – And this particular location has been very successful with their nest boxes, and that’s just allowed us to offer field trips and help spread the message of grassland birds. – The American kestrel population, since about the 1960s, has declined, from Breeding Bird Atlas studies we know that between 1960 and about 2015, American kestrel populations declined about 50%. American kestrels are cavity nesters, we refer to them as secondary cavity nesters and what that means is they do not have the ability to excavate their own cavity for nesting, so they take on old woodpecker cavities, they may take on natural cavities in dead trees or in snags, they will also go into rock crevices, and they are also known to use man-made structures, nest boxes. And this time of the year, they are hatching their eggs, they lay, a normal clutch size is about four to five eggs, the females will incubate those eggs for about 30 days, and after their babies hatch, they will take care of their young for about 30 days in the nest until they fledge.

Once the young fledge, they will hang around the nest box for a couple of weeks, the parents will continue to feed them and essentially teach them how to be kestrels. – So this particular site was actively mined back in the, about 2000, it was reclaimed into a grassland, which you can kinda see some of it, so the more we can attach these grasslands, it’s gonna benefit species like this. – So male and female American kestrels exhibit what we call sexual dimorphism, and so the male and the female, just by simply looking at them, you can tell the male versus the female. The females tend to be all brown, with a lot of black barring, and the males are brown with the beautiful slate blue-gray down their wings.

And that is pretty typical in the bird world of the male being very flashy and the female being a little more subdued, and the reason for that is because she is usually the one sitting on the nest, and she doesn’t wanna draw a lot of attention to herself while she’s sitting on the nest, hopefully being camouflaged and protecting her young. And they are about from tip of beak, essentially, to tail, maybe about nine inches, they’re not a very large raptor. – Kestrels, I guess, are amazing because such a small animal is such a good hunter, I really enjoy the outdoors and enjoy hunting and to see a bird so small, the size of a robin, to be able to be such a good hunter, particular on mice, is, I guess, pretty neat to me. Obviously, she’s a good mother, she’s gonna, hopefully, have a successful nest ’cause she’s on the right step. – The kestrel monitoring program, along with monitoring the nest boxes, we also band the birds, and whenever possible, we band the adults, and usually we are banding them by capturing them in their nest box. Because they are sitting on a real treasure, the nest that they’ve made and the eggs that they’ve laid, they want to protect them, so they’re not quick to leave their nest, so it’s actually quite simple that we can go up to their nest box, reach our hand in and pull out the adults.

And if they are unbanded, then we will band them, and that’s kind of our only opportunity to band the adults, is when they are on the nest. So typically, we get the females, because it’s mostly the females doing the incubating, and then once the eggs have hatched and the babies get to about 14 days old, then we are able to go back to the nest box, take the babies out and band them. The importance of banding birds is that we are able to gain all kinds of information about the birds. We see them for this one instance, when we are capturing and banding them, but by putting that metal band around their ankle, that holds an individual ID number for each bird, we’re able to monitor them throughout their life, so if they are re-captured at another time. And ideally, that is our goal, we want the birds that we band to be re-captured, either in another year by us or by another bird bander, or maybe even recovered because someone found one deceased somewhere. Those are all really important bits of information for us to know about, and what happens is we have a band recovery, we learn about the age of the bird, we learn about the lifespan, we learn about where it has traveled to, whether it’s on a migration route or where its wintering grounds might be, or stopover spots on migration.

We also learn about our pairs coming back together that have been there before. Nest site fidelity: are they coming back to the same nest box, are they coming back to the same area? There’s a wealth of knowledge we can gain from band recoveries and that’s why when we work with the public, we really stress the importance of, if you ever find a band, please report it. – The dedication that Badger Mining has put into the work that they’re doing here, it’s really, it’s an act of love, like this is a lot of effort and work and investment into doing something that might not have monetary value attached to it, but that has such incredible value to us as Wisconsinites. – The long-term goal for the kestrel project is continue our partnerships with the conservation organizations and obviously continue to help with gathering data for the American kestrel, which is right now in decline, to help establish some information on how we can stabilize the population and keep it healthy.

Long-term, I think it’s just to successfully fledge a bird that needs a little help right now. – We’ll tell you how to learn more about Natural Resources Foundation field trips like that later in the show. Right now, I’m here at Lewis Station Winery, home of several award-winning wines, and last summer, we learned how wine is made when we talked with winemaker Alan Fitzgerald and followed grapes from Three Branches Vineyard in Arena to Fisher King Winery in Verona.

The majority of our production is made from grapes grown locally, and we work with about a dozen growers around the state because we try to do as much as we can with the local grapes. The grapes that we can grow here in Wisconsin, the wine grapes, are cold hardy hybrids, they basically have been having a genetic crossing between wild grapes, which make awful wine by themselves, they’re just not designed for it, but they’ve been combined with really nice, a wide variety of different wine grapes, and the wild grapes provide the cold hardy genes, because the big limiting factor here is how many days below zero. All those grapes of Europe that people tend to be a little bit more familiar with, they all require a much more temperate growing zone, they can’t grow here in Wisconsin. The caviar of wine making is when you can get fresh grapes that have reached their peak of ripeness, you know, the metrics are there, and you harvest them one day and that same day, you’re processing them, they’re fresh right off the field. There’s no substitute for that.

That is what makes the best wine. So why schlep, juice or giant bins of grapes all the way over the Rockies from the West Coast or wherever when you can make absolutely drinkable, delicious wine with the grapes that are grown right here? We only work with growers that are good stewards of the land, and one very big way that you can be a good steward of the land, and still be a commercial agricultural producer is to implement and practice integrated pest management.

What it basically means is, you only apply a specific treatment and you’re only applying it in the minimal concentration to have effect, and you’re only applying it at a short time when whatever the life history is of the bug you’re trying to control in your vineyard will have the greatest impact. And what that does is, it means that the vineyards are nice and relatively clean and there’s not a lot of chemical residue, and what that also translates into is, if you’re not spraying with a whole bunch of crazy chemicals and things all the time, you wind up with a clean watershed nearby. The Hartungs here at this vineyard, they built their house here, and they built their vineyard here because they want to be in the outdoors, it’s very important for them. – We started growing grapes in 2010, this was our first test plot and then every year, every other year, we’ve added two acres. So we are now up to five fields.

The red ones that we grow are grapes that we grow for red wine, we have two fields of Marquette, one field of Petite Pearl, and one field of our La Crosse and St Pepin, which is a white. So this is our Marquette, these’ll be red wine, getting pretty ripe and ready to go, hopefully we’ll be harvesting these soon. – And these will go to Fisher King?

– These will go to Fisher King. – Ah-ha. – These’ll be the red wine, red grapes that will make his Marquette wine. – So I can taste a little? – You sure can.

– Wine in the raw? Mm, that’s good. – Yeah. I could take those home and eat them, – You could. – Except for the seeds. – Yeah, they are seeded.

– So this makes a medium-bodied, that’s certainly how we’re crafting it, as a medium-bodied dry red wine that has pinot noir character in it. And this one has been a huge medal winner for us, it just makes a delicious wine, it’s my favorite, and this grows right here in Wisconsin. – [Rosemarie] When our grapes are ready to harvest, they will come in, our crew, and harvest the bunches into five gallon pails, and from there we take it to a larger bucket, tote and then we scale them. And then we put them onto a trailer and then we will take them to the winery.

– We’ll be bringing in fruit from the garage door from our growers and they’ll be put into the top of the crusher, the crusher pushes it down into a series of channels that help de-berry the fruit from the stems, and turn the must, it’s called, gets channeled into the tube here that we pump up to the top of the tank. The must will then get pitched with yeast and fermentation will begin, and in 24 to 48 hours, hopefully 24 hours, the reds will ferment completely out so probably 10 days to two weeks for the primary fermentation, which is extremely exothermic, so it throws off a lot of heat, so we’ve got our piping there and our glycol system and we can set a specific temperature that brings out the desirable flavors, flavonoids in that, that the yeast produces. There’s a secondary fermentation that happens after that, that goes on for a month or so, that is done so we can actually rack the wine off and just let it go through its secondary fermentation process. At that point then, we’ll take it over to the presses, do our pressing to come up with our unfinished wine, if you will. – [Alwyn] So when it’s all done, the bottles get filled from the nice, beautiful wine.

We then take those bottles and we put them into our corking machine. The bottles then get moved over to the next stage, where another person comes along and puts the cap seals on top, those are the little plastic things on the top that you have to unpeel to get to the cork, and another person will come along right after that and they will just go from one bottle to the next, to the next, to the next, and with just one second of heat, it’ll shrink wrap that plastic PVC capsule right on top of it, and from there, then it goes into case boxes, then we send it to market. We’re distributed around the area in Wisconsin and out to the tasting room, where people can come right in and enjoy the fruits of our labor. – Well Fitz, this is your finished product and your Marquette wine. – Yes it is, right here. In the bottle and now in your glass.

Wisconsin Basecamp

Wisconsin Basecamp is a multi-day wilderness trip for incoming students that includes camping and backpacking. It’s canoeing, it’s rockclimbing, and more! My favorite thing about camping is spending time with other people and really getting the time to get to know them.

Getting to meet new people and getting a core group of friends that you keep throughout your years. Putting you in a new and strange environment and teaching you how to make friends and have fun and be comfortable in a situation you’re not used to. On Basecamp trips, whether you’re on a backpacking or canoeing trip, we go over a couple themes. Your new home: your new dorm and new friends that you’re going to meet.

And we also go over some fears of college and some solutions on how to figure those out. Basecamp is a great way to experience some new things like canoeing and backpacking, while also meeting new friends and experiencing some of the things that you’ll find in college. To sort of step of your lifestyle and explore your interests a little bit.

You’re going to be put with a group of people who are also going through the same sort of change in their life. My favorite part so far is sitting around the campfire and connecting with everyone and sharing stories and realizing other kids are also in the same position. It’s really being independent with a group of peers, which is what college is all about.

It’s a real bonding experience. I have friends that I’m going to hang out with in college now. I don’t have to worry about making friends right off the bat. I just found that I’m not as nervous anymore. I feel more confident and especially with meeting more people I definitely feel like I have a better handle on it than I thought I did.

I didn’t expect to meet friends instantly but it worked out really well. It gives you a really good chance to try to find out who you are as an individual. It was very easy just to talk to everybody and kind of just be myself.

You get to have fun. Get outdoors. Be unconnected from your electronics and connect to other people. Getting away from city life in Madison and kind of decompressing, getting some time to yourself, and some good time with your friends.

Getting dirty and experiencing all of nature without having to worry about anything else. Out here in the great outdoors.

Minnesota and Wisconsin Compared

Minnesota and Wisconsin Two bordering states in these United States. Both in the Upper Midwest. Both get very, very, very cold in the winter. Grumpy Old Men clip And are still pretty cold in early spring and late fall as well. But the summers in both states are nice. Except for the crazy terrorist mosquitoes. But yeah, both have humid continental climates. Wisconsin gets a bit more precipitation, though. Both are great. And Great Lakes states. Minnesota borders Lake Superior. Ah, but Wisconsin borders Lake Superior AND Lake Michigan, so does that MAKE it superior? Sorry about that. I’ll stop now. But yeah, both states don’t ever have to worry about having enough access to fresh water. Both have similar populations, although Minnesota is growing at a faster rate. Both states are more heavily populated in the southern portion of the state, with large areas of wilderness covering the northern portions.

However, Wisconsin’s population is a bit more spread out throughout the state. About 2/3 of the population of Minnesota lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Both have similar size economies. Minnesota’s GDP per capita is higher than Wisconsin’s though. Since the Great Recession, the economies of the two states have been compared a lot, and while there is a debate about the “why,” there is no doubt Minnesota’s economy has grown more. According to Forbes magazine, Minnesota is a better state for business, but both have similar unemployment rates and projected job growth. Wisconsin’s biggest industries include manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare. And yep, it holds true to its stereotype. It’s the biggest producer of cheese in the country. Boy do they take their cheese seriously. Like, really seriously. There are cheese snobs everywhere man. Anyway, Minnesota’s biggest industries are also manufacturing and agriculture, but also professional and business services. The biggest religion in both states is…you guessed it…Christianity. Minnesota appears to be a bit more religious than Wisconsin. Both states have low crime compared to the rest of the country. You know, because they’re too cold to commit crime there. The majority of residents from both states have ancestors from Europe. While humans have lived in both areas for thousands of years, the first Europeans to settle both were the French. For the most part, the French got along with and traded with the various American Indian tribes in what is today both states.

The largest tribe was the Dakota Sioux. The Ojibwe also lived in and continue to live in both states. Other tribes native to Wisconsin include the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, and Potawatomie. After the French lost control of the area, several American Indians there continued to resist the rising number of first British and then later Americans encroaching on their territory. After the United States was established, both states were once part of the Northwest Territory. Much of modern-day Minnesota was once part of Wisconsin Territory after folks created it in 1836. Minnesota folks formed their own territory in 1849. Wisconsin is older than Minnesota. It became a state almost exactly ten years before Minnesota. Early industries in both states included logging-thanks to those mad forests in the north amiright?- mining, and agriculture of course.

The earliest European settlers in both were mostly Yankees from back east. During the Civil War, both states actively supported the Union. After the war was over, as industry grew and cheap land became available in both states, a flood of immigrants followed, many of them coming from Germany and the Scandinavian countries. That’s right. People from colder, dark places seemed fine with cold, dark Wisconsin and Minnesota. But those Germans. More of them settled in Wisconsin, which, coincidentally, also became one of the brewing capitals of the country by the end of the 1800s. In the early 1900s, Wisconsin also became one of the progressive capitals of the country with dudes like Robert La Follette. After World War II, Minnesota became known for computer technology with companies like Sperry Rand and Control Data. Both have a lot of good rock bands. Now, let’s have a rundown of the differences between the two states. Minnesota has more citizens who have at least a bachelor’s degree or higher. Related to this…Minnesota has a lower poverty rate. Minnesota leans more to the left politically than Wisconsin. Residents there tend to vote more for Democratic Party candidates, and haven’t voted for a Republican for President since Nixon in 1972.

Wisconsin has voted mostly for Democrats for President in recent decades, too, but they did surprise and vote for Trump in 2016. But yeah, Wisconsin is a swing state, meaning people’s votes go back and forth between the two major political parties and their votes actually count in presidential elections. Minnesota tends to be more independent minded when it comes to elections, and is not afraid to take chances on outsiders running for office. Minnesota is about a third bigger than Wisconsin. Not that size matters. Residents in Minnesota tend to be a bit younger. Minnesota does not have taxes on basic need items like food and clothing. But while residents of Wisconsin have to pay taxes on all clothing, they pay less taxes overall compared to residents in Minnesota. As matter of fact, Minnesota has some of the highest tax rates in the country. But they do spend more on education than Wisconsin. It’s more expensive to live in Minnesota, mostly due to housing. Related to this…Minnesota has a higher minimum wage. Minnesota prides itself in building public structures using stuff actually found in the state. For example, Target Field, the ballpark where the Twins play, was partially built with limestone from the state, and features native spruce trees near center field and local producers of food and drink in its concession stands. Minnesota is the only state in the country that currently has a split in its state legislature. The Democratic Party there currently controls the House, while the Republican Party controls the Senate. Minnesota may be known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but they actually have 11,842.

But Wisconsin has more lakes. Supposedly 15,074. But here’s the thing. Wisconsin calls almost any thing slightly bigger than a pond a lake, sooo….you know… Minnesota has a national park. Wisconsin? Nope. In fact, Minnesota has more than 10 times more wilderness than Wisconsin. Minnesota has pretty much the best hospital in the world- the Mayo Clinic, founded way back in 1864 in Rochester. It seems like I’m bragging on Minnesota so much, so let me brag about Wisconsin. Wisconsin has Wisconsin freaking Dells, the 14th happiest place on earth. Seriously. I love that place. Other random yet interesting differences. Wisconsinites call drinking fountains “bubblers.” Minnesotans call this “pop” but Wisconsinites tend to call it “soda.” Apparently some Wisconsinites also call themselves “Sconnies.” And finally, recently more Wisconsinites have been moving to Minnesota than Minnesotans moving to Wisconsin. And this has worried several politicians in Wisconsin. as you could imagine. But don’t worry, Wisconsin. Minnesota might be all cocky right now, but I’m sure this trend won’t last forever. By the way, I can’t wait to see all the trash talking in the comments from people of both states for this one. Sooo many people requested that I compare these two states, and I am a big fan of both, so I’m glad I finally got around to making this video. If you are from Wisconsin or Minnesota, please feel free to let me know what I got right and definitely let me know what I got wrong. After days of research, I love being told I am utterly wrong. Also, which states should I compare next? Let me know, eh? And finally, I can’t believe I haven’t announced this yet, but I started a Reddit page. So if you Reddit, subscribe to the sub and upvote and stuff. Don’t downvote. That’s unethical.