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Colleen DuVall

When I decided to go back to school for journalism part-time some six years ago, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'd always intended to go back and obtain my bachelor's (I had an associate arts degree stashed away from the early 90s, and than.. more

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When I first began this blog, I wrote about a a retreat in The Driftless Area of Wisconsin. That was two years ago. Today, it remains a very magical place for me. It is one I could see myself happily and easily residing in one day. Every time I vi.. more

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Every now and then I feel compelled to break away from The Beaten Path format and write about something that stirs deep inside my soul. I have always been troubled by stories of innocent people being imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Part.. more

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Now that warm weather is flirting with us a bit morefrequently, and the call to be more physically active is more compelling, thatjust means one thing. Get your bike out of the garage, already! This is as mucha note to myself as anyone else, mi.. more

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The blooms they are a popping and the birds they are a chirping. Bunnies and robins alike are doing their annual backyard hops. As spring has most certainly sprung, the time seems ripe for hiking and getting out in nature. Every year, AJ Page and .. more

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Hey there hi there ho there, Off-the-Beaten-Path fans! It'sbeen a spell, but I'm back. Usually I cover remote or little known places inthe surrounding Milwaukee areas where you can escape to for a quick getaway.But since this blog is entit.. more

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Besidesgetting out in the open air to rustle through the leaves on a perfect fall day,there is something both nostalgic and mysterious about wandering through alittle cemetery. My favorites tend to be the ones with no gates or fences tokeep an.. more

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This is a part two of Colleen DuVall's July 19 Shepherd Express article, "An Organic (and Rustic) Experience at Wormfarm," regarding her abbreviated artist residency at the Wormfarm Institute.This time, I wandered too far off the beaten path. An.. more

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Deeplysatisfying and the epitome of teamwork, canoeing is an activity that you canrelax into at a meditative pace. One can allow for some leisurely drifting whenout on the middle of their destination – or make for a great arm/core workoutif th.. more

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Wormfarm is an organic farm growing kale, lettuce and herbs with the help of artists, writers, musicians, and other performers in residence. more

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LakeKegonsa is the first Wisconsin State Park that my brother, forest ranger Brian,worked at. So I'd heard many good things. I was not prepared for just howlovely it actually was. The modest trails of Kegonsa are six in number, andmost are rel.. more

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Eachseason passing brings with it a set of happy rituals. One of the best spots tocelebrate spring slowly emerging from its chrysalis is the nearby Mequon NaturePreserve, just north of Brown Deer. The nature preserve was begun in earnestwith a.. more

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Iwas looking for a rural place to escape over my spring break. Initially, I onlybelieved we'd be able to swing an overnight. The problem was that many of theout-of-the-way cabins that we loved required a two-night minimum. I rememberedwhat goo.. more

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Sometimesyou don't have to travel far to discover an oasis within the midst of yourcity. Greenfield Park, one of Milwaukee County's finest, is one suchdestination. It contains a leg of the famous Oak Leaf Trail, and many a bikerand hiker can e.. more

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Thiensville may not be as showy as Mequon or as full of fests as neighboring Cedarburg, but it is  a town deserving of a shout-out. For one thing, there is Stardust Records & Collectibles. For vinyl-philes, this is a must-stop collector's paradise.. more

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Hi–WayHarry's Steakhouse is the bomb, man. It's the kind of joint David Lynch wouldmost likely dine at. Or at least have his characters hang out in in the newestinstallment of "Twin Peaks." I was first introduced to this"unique dining experien.. more

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Sundaydrives with AJ Page find me heading west these days. For one reason or another,we keep winding up in Watertown. Or the surrounding areas. (See my October postof Sandhill Station State Campground in Lake Mills, and a forthcoming blog onJo.. more

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Revisitinga city from one's past can be both enlightening and nostalgic. Especially ifthat city happens to have recovered from a devastating hurricane some 10 yearsprior. I remember falling in love with the city of New Orleans when I visitedit.. more

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SandhillStation State Campground is a cozy, downright romantic little venue for campingopen year-round. There are a scant 15 sites, spread out in an oval-shaped"U." Each is nestled in privately, surrounded by an arbor of oaktrees and tall gras.. more

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Racetracks, burgers and a plane, and an old-school amusement park about as far away from Great America as you can get. Intrigued? Here are some awesome summer activities in the Milwaukee and surrounding areas that you can indulge in to esca... more

A&E Feature

A road trip can be quite an event, particularly if it is one that is both lengthy and ambitious. more

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One can never have too many good Wisconsin fish fry options. more

Dining Out

Colleen DuVall takes a trip to Dear Meadow. more

Off the Beaten Path

When I decided to go back to school for journalism part-time some six years ago, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'd always intended to go back and obtain my bachelor's (I had an associate arts degree stashed away from the early 90s, and than.. more

Off the Beaten Path 1 Comments

When I first began this blog, I wrote about a a retreat in The Driftless Area of Wisconsin. That was two years ago. Today, it remains a very magical place for me. It is one I could see myself happily and easily residing in one day. Every time I vi.. more

Off the Beaten Path

Every now and then I feel compelled to break away from The Beaten Path format and write about something that stirs deep inside my soul. I have always been troubled by stories of innocent people being imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Part.. more

Off the Beaten Path 1 Comments

Now that warm weather is flirting with us a bit morefrequently, and the call to be more physically active is more compelling, thatjust means one thing. Get your bike out of the garage, already! This is as mucha note to myself as anyone else, mi.. more

Off the Beaten Path

The blooms they are a popping and the birds they are a chirping. Bunnies and robins alike are doing their annual backyard hops. As spring has most certainly sprung, the time seems ripe for hiking and getting out in nature. Every year, AJ Page and .. more

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Sure we're all intimately familiar with our treasured Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Domes right here in Milwaukee – but if you're willing to road trip it, there are a handful of other nearby gardens that you might not yet be familiar wi.. more

Off the Beaten Path

Hey there hi there ho there, Off-the-Beaten-Path fans! It'sbeen a spell, but I'm back. Usually I cover remote or little known places inthe surrounding Milwaukee areas where you can escape to for a quick getaway.But since this blog is entit.. more

Off the Beaten Path

Besidesgetting out in the open air to rustle through the leaves on a perfect fall day,there is something both nostalgic and mysterious about wandering through alittle cemetery. My favorites tend to be the ones with no gates or fences tokeep an.. more

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Photo by Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Flickr CCThereis nothing quite like the satisfying sensation of biting into a ripe, tartapple, splattering a bit of juice as you do. This sensation and the season offall are intrinsically linked. I was .. more

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AhRen Faire, how do I love thee? Let me count those ways. Giant pickles on a stick.Likewise, chowing down on some shepherd's pie or a turkey leg with abandon.Hard cider, honey mead, and absinthe kinds of ways. Crossbow training, annualKamala's.. more

Off the Beaten Path

This is a part two of Colleen DuVall's July 19 Shepherd Express article, "An Organic (and Rustic) Experience at Wormfarm," regarding her abbreviated artist residency at the Wormfarm Institute.This time, I wandered too far off the beaten path. An.. more

Off the Beaten Path 1 Comments

Deeplysatisfying and the epitome of teamwork, canoeing is an activity that you canrelax into at a meditative pace. One can allow for some leisurely drifting whenout on the middle of their destination – or make for a great arm/core workoutif th.. more

Off the Beaten Path

Wormfarm is an organic farm growing kale, lettuce and herbs with the help of artists, writers, musicians, and other performers in residence. more

Eat/Drink 1 Comments

Iremember first stumbling upon the Pheasant Branch Conservancy in my earlyteens. Part of the trail ran directly behind Kromrey Middle School. My friendsand I would wander down there after a day of sheer unadulterated hell. We'dhang out amongst.. more

Off the Beaten Path

LakeKegonsa is the first Wisconsin State Park that my brother, forest ranger Brian,worked at. So I'd heard many good things. I was not prepared for just howlovely it actually was. The modest trails of Kegonsa are six in number, andmost are rel.. more

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Washington County is just around the bend—West Bend, to name one city located there. What’s waiting there besides Slinger Speedway? Why there are Holy Hill, Glacier Hills County Park, Wally & Bee’s Last Stop Resort, Bilda’s Friess Lake Pub,... more

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Ifyou're a student, chances are you are feeling that anxiety-ridden, end ofspring semester crunch right about now. Insomnia may have become a familiarfriend, along with a jumpy tummy. So many final projects, regular assignments,readings, and e.. more

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