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Hi, we’re Suze and Lee Weaver

We hope you will join us as we transition from our very "normal" life to something a little less traditional. We are not experts in downsizing, minimalism, early retirement, or full-time RV living. In fact, we’re not experts in anything! Our goal for this blog is simply to share our travels and adventures with our friends and family. Along the way we hope to continuously learn, grow, and laugh.  

Lake Wissota & the Leinkugel's Brewery Tour

Lake Wissota & the Leinkugel's Brewery Tour

We spent 5 days in the Lake Wissota State Campground. The location provided us an excellent opportunity to bike, kayak, and explore the Chippewa Falls area.

Kayaking Lake Wissota

Kayaking Lake Wissota

Lake Wissota covers 6000 acres and was created in 1917 when a hydroelectric dam was built on the Chippewa River. The dam and power station was owned by the Wisconsin - Minnesota Light and Power Company - hence the name Lake Wissota.

Suze captured my best side on Lake Wissota.

Suze captured my best side on Lake Wissota.

I’d never heard the term White Coal used to describe hydroelectric power before visiting Lake Wissota. “White” for the splashing water, and “Coal” for the power generated. The electricity generated by the dam can power 16,000 homes with clean energy.

We were able to bike and hike the park every morning of our stay.

This little deer wasn’t at all afraid of us. The mother deer was across the street and they both seemed very comfortable around people - at least us!

This little deer wasn’t at all afraid of us. The mother deer was across the street and they both seemed very comfortable around people - at least us!

We also made a couple of trips into Chippewa Falls. It’s a nice little town and home to the Leinkugel Brewery. We always like a brewery tour and this one was great. The $10 tour came with 5 5oz beers to get a good taste of the beers created at the Brewery. The beer tasting is always my favorite part of the tour.

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Jacob Leinkugel started his brewery in the logging town of Chippewa Falls in 1867. There were 1200 men working in the town at the time and virtually no women. In the Leinie Lodge they had a photo of a clever old advertising campaign. A black and white photo of 10 or 12 rough looking loggers sitting on a log was captioned with something like, “The beer had to be good to draw 1200 men out into the middle of nowhere with no women.”


Leinkugel was purchased by Miller in 1988 and they opened the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee to help keep up with the growing demand.

It’s the touristy thing to do - get your picture taken in the big chair at the end of the tour.

It’s the touristy thing to do - get your picture taken in the big chair at the end of the tour.

Now we’re off to northern Wisconsin and the Chequamegon - Nicolet Nation Forest!

"Up North"

"Up North"

Long Cut Along The Mississippi.

Long Cut Along The Mississippi.