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EXIT 4: Willow River State Park

In Courtney, Exit Episode, Parks & Recreation, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Mon-17-Sep-12 at 4:23 PM

After our crazy camping adventure, we decided to see what else exit 4 had to offer. Craving more nature, we found Willow River State Park and set out to find a beautiful little waterfall.

The hike was in no way strenuous.  We were hoping for a little more adventure, but the day was so nice (and we were a bit hungover) so it worked out for the best.  It was about a mile walk from where we parked to the waterfall.  There seemed to be more interesting trails near the falls.

The waterfall was full of life and energy.  Lots of people enjoying the day.  Old people, young people, dogs, rock climbers.  Definitely a change from the campgrounds we had just visited.

Our hiking tips:

  • bring water
  • always take the stairs (unless there is a funner way to get up to the view… but always go up to see the view)
  • wear hiking sandals (just for the tan lines)
  • bug spray isn’t ever a bad idea
  • don’t be completely hungover (a little bit is fine)
  • go on a day when the weather is exactly how it was when we went…



EXIT 2: The Original Red’s Savoy Pizza in Hudson, WI

In Courtney, Exit Episode, Restaurants & Bars, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Tue-28-Aug-12 at 9:43 PM

Pretty much anything with cheese and hot sauce is automatically awesome, but the taco pizza fries we had at The Original Red’s Savoy Pizza were exceptionally tasty.  We had asked the worker what the restaurant was known for, and he told us, “The pizza fries!”  There were a few varieties, and I’m pretty sure we chose the best one… the taco pizza fries.

Pizza fries are basically a pizza with no sauce, and cut into strips instead of slices.  Ours was topped with taco meat and served with sour cream and hot sauce.  (Was kind of expecting more of a “taco” sauce/salsa type dip… but was pleasantly surprised with the many hot sauce packets we were given… since we are very much into hot sauce.)

Since most of the hot spots in Hudson are by the river off of exit 1 (or so I assume), we had to drive around a bit to find this place… but it isn’t far off the highway.

A tip for anyone:

If you’re in a new area or trying a new place, ask the workers what the best thing to have is!  They usually are happy to tell you what the place is known for and what they recommend.

EXIT 1: Pepperfest in North Hudson, WI

In Courtney, Events, Exit Episode, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Sun-26-Aug-12 at 9:41 PM

Our journey has begun!  Courtney and I crossed the St. Croix River from Minnesota to Wisconsin. (Yes, we did come from Wisconsin, so we went to MN just to turn around for the official start.)

We had a recommendation from a Facebook follower to go to Pepper Fest in North Hudson, so we thought we would check it out.  We drove through downtown (I think it would be considered the “downtown”) Hudson… which seemed very cozy and lively.  I’m sure we could have found plenty of fun things there, but we ventured a bit more north to North Hudson, population 3768.

Pepper Fest is an annual event held on a weekend in August.  It is very community and family oriented.  We asked some of the locals what their favorite part of the festival was… and the decision was unanimous:  The People (with food being a close second).  With a variety of homemade Italian food, a sequence of food-eating contest, and a small carnival area with rides and games, anybody is sure to be entertained.

We happened to be there during the first round of the Spaghetti Eating Contest… which was not as exciting as it sounds.  We think they could have used more sauce, more mess, and more cheering to add excitement.  Who knows… maybe you will see a special spaghetti eating contest from Courtney and me in the future…

Overall Pepper Fest was good.  It is a great thing to check out if you happen to be there during the festival or live in the area, however I wouldn’t advise going out of your way too much or making a special trip just for that.  As the locals said, the best thing is the people.  We can definitely see that knowing people and running into old friends is a huge attraction of the fest, and being from out of town, we did not get to enjoy those awkward encounters the same way as if we lived nearby.

A tip for anyone:

Festivals in general are always great finds.  Keep an eye for signs around town or flyers in restaurants and coffee shops.  You can  search for events on your smart phone or online before your head out.  These type of events are not typically advertised on billboards on the highway.