It’s been 8 weeks since my arrival to the Driftless Region and the time has come to say farewell to this delightful place.  Below are 8 tastes of the bits I’ve loved, the bits I’ve learned, and the bits that make this place unique.

8. Supper Clubs.

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Complete with all-you-can-eat fish fry Fridays and prime rib Saturdays.

 

7. Cheese Curds.

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They really do squeak.  And when they’re freshly fried they can’t be beat.

 

6. Beautiful Barns.

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Wisconsin barns have nice curves.

 

5. Uff-Da.

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Norwegian for ‘disgruntlement.’

 

4. The Landscape.

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This ancient earth, with its twists, turns, bluffs and beauty, has won me over (just don’t tell that to North Carolina).

 

3. The Kickapoo.

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What could be better than booze, nature, sandbars, and snacks? And just imagine all of this without even having to paddle. Oh the joys of canoeing the Kickapoo.

 

2. 5 o’clock traffic.

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Forget about feeling like a sardine in a sweaty, bumpy sardine can (e.g. the Boston T).  Think horse and buggy–an opportunity to slow down and take in scenic views to the sound of trotting hooves.

 

1.  The CROPPies.

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CROPPies (a.k.a. OV employees) are a group of hardworking, passionate people who truly  live the mission of the Cooperative.   With diverse backgrounds, opinions, and perspectives they are united by a common goal–to support rural communities by protecting the health of family farms.  Truly, cooperation at its finest.

I leave humbled, inspired, and motivated by the goodness that exists here.

 

Forward in cooperation,

Callie Herron