Travels to Tomahawk & Rhinelander (Wisconsin)

As Canadians, living in Canada, we are lucky to have relatives that live in the United States in case we ever need a temporary change of scenery. This past October, we drove from our hometown in Ontario, Canada to Tomahawk, Wisconsin to visit Dan’s mom. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to go, as the weather was starting to become crisp with fall, and the leaves were changing into beautiful, warm hues of red, orange and yellow.

At first, we didn’t quite know what to expect, as neither of us had ever visited Wisconsin, let alone the tiny town of Tomahawk (or its neighbour, Rhinelander). We went in with an open mind, and we were quite pleased. Dan’s mother lives in the space between Tomahawk, WI and Rhinelander, WI. There are nothing but farms as far as the eye can see. ATVs are acceptable forms of transportation, and everyone owns a gun and hunts in the forests surrounding the main roads. While we are more city-folk than country-folk, this was a nice vacation away from the busy lives we lead back home.

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While there isn’t much to do in Tomahawk, we did get the chance to do some exploring on a sunny afternoon in the neighbouring town of Rhinelander. Rhinelander is quite cute, to be honest. There a plenty of small lakes and forests which are beautiful to hike along in the fall weather. The scenery is fantastic with the colours reflecting on the water. A well-known mascot (if you will) of Rhinelander is a little fella referred to as a Hodag. During our afternoon in Rhinelander, we played a game of “Spot the Hodag” and there are traces of this mythical creature literally everywhere, including a giant statue in front of the town’s visitor’s center, pictured below.

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Now, if you happen to not enjoy acres and acres of farmland and forest, there is still hope for you. There are a few stores and restaurants that you can go to in the city, as well as a library and many (many) bars. I would say that if you are the outdoorsy type, though, there are plenty of activities for you to do year round. We saw lots of wildlife, and if you’re in the country at night, you can actually see the milky way if the sky is clear of clouds. It is definitely a gorgeous place to escape to for a long weekend.

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–The Calkins’

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