Heritage Hill State Historical Park

We recently experienced a rainy, windy day and were looking for a new adventure. So we took a quick drive to Green Bay to visit Heritage Hill State Historical Park. For those of you who have never visited Heritage Hill, it is a living history museum! It is home to several “communities” – groups of buildings from various eras of Wisconsin history (some original, some rebuilt). You can visit a classic fur trade cabin, see businesses from the mid-19th century, and even experience what it was like to be a school student in the Fort Howard community. Below are some fun photos of our visit!

Visit the Heritage Hill State Historical Park and see what life was like on the Fox River between 1672 – 1940!



Heritage Hill State Historical Park entrance.
Interior of a fur trade cabin.
Franklin Hose Company: A volunteer fire department.
A short class in a traditional classroom!
A proud officer with his musket!

Rapid Classifications

RAPIDS!! Ahhh, they can be so much FUN!!! But you don’t want to just jump into it – moving forward prepared and aware is best! Otherwise you may end up at the hospital instead of grabbing pizzas. Staying safe, knowing the route one will be paddling is smart, and classification of rapids helps with this understanding.

Classifications for varying rapids helps in reading the water ways! Before we get into that though, we would like to state: Most of our set guided routes are cozy calm, with a side of peaceful, and sprinkled with awesomeness.
Before we define the different classes review this insightful picture below:

As you can see, starting with Class 1 being the calmest, we follow the flow of the river and see the class levels rise as the water gets rougher and more hazards present themselves.

To get a more in-depth understanding of rapids check out the outlined definitions here:

These classifications are great for understanding any water way! If this is your first time looking at this, no worries! It is simply another way of understanding and clearly communicating water flow.

Share this with your kayaking friends and stay safe out there!


Kayaking World Record

Short and sweet – we recommend getting on the edge of your seat and check out this 3+ minute video!
This kayaking world record is a massive undertaking by professional kayaker Tyler Bradt living life to the fullest!!
This paddling world record was set on April 21st, 2009 in Washington’s Palouse Falls State Park at an amazing drop height of 189 feet!!
PS – Rest easy, we are not taking a route like that on the Fox River.


Guest Blog – American Cancer Society 2018

This week we are excited to give the spot light to our local chapter of the American Cancer Society! On July 20th we will be supporting them with a fundraiser excursion – check out the poster to learn more or click the ‘Book Now’ button below to join the fun! Enjoy their article to learn how we can all make a positive change in our local community!

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How can you help reduce your risk for cancer?

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it impacts everyone – mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, grandparents, neighbors, and friends. It is a terrible, destructive disease that wreaks havoc on the lives of those we love and care about, and something must be done to stop it.

The American Cancer Society is fighting cancer on every front; standing shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.

This year there will be an estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths. Did you know you can reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active and not smoking? For most Americans who do not use tobacco, the most important cancer risk factors that can be changed are body weight, diet, and physical activity. The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could be prevented.

Although our genes influence our risk of cancer, most of the difference in cancer risk between people is due to factors that are not inherited. Avoiding tobacco products, staying at a healthy weight, staying active throughout life, and eating a healthy diet may greatly reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer. These same behaviors are also linked with a lower risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Although these healthy choices can be made by each of us, they may be helped or slowed by the social, physical, economic, and regulatory environment in which we live. Community efforts are needed to create an environment that makes it easier for us to make healthy choices when it comes to diet and physical activity.

American Cancer Society events are an opportunity for the community to come together, get active and raise awareness and funds for cancer research and patient services. Each year we have events held all throughout Wisconsin ranging from galas, walk/runs, relays, pet events, paddle events, and much more! At these events we celebrate those who have battled cancer, honor loved ones lost, educate the community about ways to reduce the risk and empower communities to join the fight. To check out all the fun ways you can get active and support the American Cancer Society in the Fox Valley CLICK HERE. For our fun 2018 events in Brown County CLICK HERE.

We are so excited to be partnering with Fox River Kayaking Company to create a paddle event to give people the opportunity to get active on the water.  Join us on July 20, 2018 for a guided sunset paddle with Fox River Kayaking Company.  All skill levels welcome and a portion of the proceeds from each registration fee will be donated back to the American Cancer Society! Reserve your spot today by Clicking Here.

Together we can make healthy, active lifestyles the “new normal” and help reduce your risk for cancer and the risk for future generations!

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A Magical Wonder: Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874 -1926) stands in chains at the edge of a pier ready to dive into the water.

A magical wonder, great escape, and beautifully entertaining; although this describes the Fox River very accurately, today we are talking about our local legend – Harry Houdini!
A world famous escape artist, Harry Houdini inspired wonder and imagination in a time before TVs, cell phones, and modern cynicism.

Although born in Eastern Europe in 1874, he later proclaimed that his true home was always in the Fox River Valley! Originally documented as an immigrant from Hungary, his passport would later state his birth place as Appleton, Wisconsin.

Harry Houdini lived only a short walk away from the Fox River and today everyone knows his old home as the Houdini Plaza! His family roots are in Appleton, but he built his legend across the world in various cities performing daring escapes in the sky, on the stage, and even in the water!
Today we can learn more about Harry Houdini by visiting local museums, reading biographies or simply exploring his old stomping grounds in the Fox River Valley!


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