Granddad Bluff

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If you are near LaCrosse, Wisconsin, visit Granddad Bluff. This chunk of land is about 590 feet above the surrounding land and 1,183 feet above sea level. You can access the bluff via Bliss Road. Once you get to the top, you can relax in a park shelter, which is in a fenced off area so you don’t take a 500-plus foot tumble to the bottom. The park area features a panoramic picture of LaCrosse showing landmarks around the area.

The land was first bought by Judge George Gale in 1851; and it changed hands 83 ties between 1851 and 1912. Limestone was quarried from the bluff for many years; and then it was going to be sold to a company that did large-scale quarrying. The citizens of LaCrosse were against that, so in 1909, Joseph and Irene Hixon bought the land. The property was held in a trust until 1912 when the Hixons donated it to the city of LaCrosse as a park. G. C. Hixon and a group of the city’s residents raised $15,000 to build roads and to buy more land around the bluff. Hixon Forest lies below the bluff and is now a popular place for hiking.

The Works Progress Administration created a shelter on the bluff in 1938. The administration used stone that was quarried from the south side of the bluff. The LaCrosse Chapter of Reserve Officers Association erected a 65-foot flagpole on the bluff in 1941. And, in 1952, a split rail fence, parking and two new picnic areas were added.

In 1954, the shelter got electricity and around 1964, public restrooms were added. The bluff got a new pump house in 1976. Additional landscaping projects were done in the ’80s and the LaCrosse Jaycees erected a new 75-foot flagpole in 1994. On New Year’s Eve, the LaCrosse Skyrockers have a fireworks show from the top of the bluff.

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Fishing Tips for Newbies

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Now that you have an RV, you can go fishing for a whole weekend or even a week if you can get away from life for a bit. If you’ve never been fishing before, you need to start now. It’s fun and it’s a great way to add fresh fish to your diet. If you are lucky enough to catch too much fish, you can clean them and freeze them.

Getting Your Gear Together

If you don’t have a tackle box, get one so that you can keep all of the tackle in one place. Since getting tackle is addictive, just get a big tackle box to start with. If you get a small one, you’re just going to waste money because within a couple months, you’ll have enough tackle to fill three of those smaller boxes. Of course, you could always use the smaller box for specialty tackle for fly fishing.

At a minimum, you’ll need extra line, leaders, hooks, rubber worms, shiners, weights and a few bobbers. As you get better at fishing, you’ll learn which types of bait attract the different types of fish. You can get special catfish bait, flies for trout fishing and more.

Taking Stock of Your Location

Learn where the fish like to go. Most fish don’t like sunny areas as the water is too warm. Trout will stay deep if the water gets too warm. Catfish and bass like shady areas. If you find a shady place where there are cliffs on the edge of the lake or river, you’ll have even better luck with catfish.

If the water is murky, you’ll need lighter-colored bait. If you are using rubber worms, use something that is light in color and preferably has sparkles on it. It is easier for the fish to see. If the water is clear, dark-colored bait is better – it will stand out for the fish to see it. This trick works particularly well if you are bass fishing.

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Celebrate BBQ Month with this Great Recipe

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It’s barbecue month so that means you have 31 days of excuse to have a barbecue. Celebrate every day if you want. You can barbecue in your back yard or pack up the RV for a weekend of fun and barbecue. Roast a whole pig, barbecue ribs and burgers. Make sure you have the appropriate sides to go with everything.

Boondock Barbecue Ribs

  • Rack of pork ribs – two good-sized racks will feed about four people if you have plenty of sides
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin, ground
  • Badia’s Redfish seasoning
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions:

Liberally coat the ribs with the spices. Rub them into the ribs. Coat the ribs with a thin coating of barbecue sauce. Set the grill for about 285 degrees Fahrenheit or start them in the oven. Cook at 285 for 4 hours. Add another coat of barbecue sauce and increase the heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the ribs for another 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with your favorite sides.

Side Ideas

For sides, make a green salad with iceberg, tomato, cucumbers, black and green olives, ham and cheese. Homemade potato salad or macaroni salad also go good with the ribs. Make southern creamy coleslaw to go with it all.

Other Barbecue Ideas

If you want to roast a whole pig, you’ll need a day where you are doing nothing else. Use a pig that is under 90 pounds. Figure about a pound of “dead weight” per person, which gives you about 6 ounces of cooked meat. It takes 7 to 8 hours to roast a pig that is 100 pounds. The slower you roast it, the better it is. If the pig starts to brown up in the first hour, you’ll need less coals or you’ll need to move the pig higher off the coals. In the last hour, if the skin and fat hasn’t started to crackle, make the fire hotter.

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May Events for Your RV

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This May, make plans to take your RV to many of the events around Wisconsin. Many of them are within 100 miles of Rice Lake, so you can make a great weekend out of them. Enjoy fishing, biking, fairs and more.

Wisconsin Opener Fishing & Outdoor Expo

On May 6, 2016, head over to the Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat, N10884 Hoinville Road in Trego for the Wisconsin Opener Fishing & Outdoor Expo. Enjoy seminars, fishing equipment vendors, fishing organizations, boat dealers, educational displays and more. For more information call (715) 635-9696 or (800) 367-3306. Admission is free.

Flea Market and Craft Sale

On May 7 and May 8, 2016, head over to Thunderbird Village, N9517 Thunderbird Lane in Hatfield for food, a parade, music, family activities and over 60 vendors at the Flea Market and Craft Sale.

Turtle Lake Spring Market

On May 21, 2016, head over to Village Park at Maple Street N and USH 8 and 63 in Turtle Lake for the Turtle Lake Spring Market. Enjoy a plant sale, book sale and garage sales from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For more information call (715) 986-2241. Admission is free.

Ringelspiel Days

From May 27 through May 29, 2016 on at Lotz Park on Patton Street in Boyd, enjoy a parade, carnival, bands, a car show, a co-ed softball tournament, food and more at Ringelspiel Days. For more information call (715) 667-3420.

Woolly Mountain Bike Race

On May 1, 2016, head over to St. Croix Falls High School, 740 Maple Drive in St. Croix Falls for the Woolly Mountain Mike Race. Registration for the race is at 8:00 a.m. at St. Croix Falls High School. Enjoy mountain bike racing at its best. For more information call (715) 483-3278.

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Stop by Link’s RVs in Rice Lake to walk through the many floor plans we have available. You’ll be able to find the perfect RV for your family and your lifestyle, whether it’s a toy hauler, fifth wheel, travel trailer or motorized RV. If you’re not ready for a new RV just yet, call our RV service center to schedule an appointment for spring maintenance.