Geography 379/579 - Wisconsin Geographies Class Field Trip

October 10-12, 2008

Top: Melissa Burke and Sara Randle. Middle: Joel Jahnke, Amanda Spindler, and Kellen Black. xxBottom: Ezra Zeitler, Brandon Hubin-Barrows, Nate Reid, Marilynn Nash, and Erika Herum.

How much geography can one pack in during a long weekend? If in Wisconsin, quite a lot! On the first day of the field trip we visited Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, the Oneida Nation Museum in Oneida, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, and Red Banks (where Jean Nicolet is believed to have first met members of the Ho Chunk nation in 1634) before finally arriving at Camp Wabansi, our homebase for the weekend.

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Rib Mountain - Wausau



Oneida Nation Museum


Lambeau Field



Red Banks


After a late night of discussion about Door County's distinct environomental issues with local expert Matt Stender, everyone was up early and ready to head up the peninsula. Our stops included Strawberry Creek (home to a DNR salmon spawning facilty), a sidewalk tour of Palmer Johnson Yachts facilities in Sturgeon Bay, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cave Point County Park, a couple of orchards, Peninsula State Park, and Fish Creek, where we treated ourselves to a fish boil at Pelletier's.

Palmer Johnson Yachts

Whitefish Dunes State Park and Cave Point County Park

Peninsula State Park

Door County fish boil


After another late night of relaxing around the campfire at Camp Wabansi, everyone was up early and ready for a breakfast with Belgian Trippe (a local brat-type delicacy consisting of pork, cabbage, and spices made at Marchant's Foods in Brussels) before checking out the zebra mussel-infested shoreline at Chaudoir's Dock County Park and taking a tour of the Walloon Belgian community around Namur, Brussels, Misere, Rosiere, Lincoln, and Champion. Our sojourn to the Door Peninsula was educational, entertaining, and as the last photo depicts, tiring as well!

Zebra Mussel shells - Chaudoir's Dock County Park

Belgian Settlement sign - Namur

Belgian Summer Kitchen - note the satellite dish!

Kellen and Joel rest on the return to Eau Claire