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by Tom King

Before this weekend, I hadn't had two days in a row off since Christmas. It was good to get away with some old high school friends for what is turning into an annual event in the Northwoods. And although the water was too cold and fast to take a river float this year, we were able to unwind and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Northern Wisconsin. Saturday we hiked a natural preserve of old growth forest hemlock trees near Presque Isle. It's called the Van Vliet Hemlocks and is worth a trip if you hike. Of course Kurt, our camp counselor, found many other unique stopping points "just around the bend" and his old reliable VW Vanagon which they dont make anymore got us there with the 70's music blasting all the way. We lunched in the Ottowa National Forest just across the Michigan border and never saw another person. It's the perfect weekend to go...the weather cooperated and the crowds won't show up until next weekend .Of course, there were indoor activities too...Friday fish fry at Little Bohemia, the sight of Dillinger's famous shootout with Melvin Purvis and his G-men...good food and a great atmosphere...and then it was on to our unofficial Northwoods headquarters...The Heart of the North bar in Mercer (the Loon Capitol of the World) . A great jukebox...many pitchers and spirited games of pool and also some luck with the pull-tabs. The last one we pulled earned us $99! Took a 10-mile bike ride on the great bike trails near Manitowish Waters which will soon be connected all the way to Boulder Junction. We finished Saturday night with a roaring fire and many old stories...some of which may have even been true.

I truly embrace this weekend ..To Kurt, Pam, Beth, Susie and Mary...thanks for the laughs and the memories... may they continue for many years.

Without Carlos Gomez, the Brewers offense is scuffling and lost 2 of 3 over the weekend to the lowly Cubs. Hopefully he can get back in the lineup soon or someone else can pick up the slack and get it going. The road trip continues this week in Atlanta and and Miami.

I'll have high school baseball tonight as Wausau East will host Medford at 4:45 on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM93.9.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Nashville Cats-Lovin Spoonful (1966) fronted by the auto-harp playing John Sebastian, the Spoonful blasted out of Greenwich Village to challenge the British Invasion with what became known as "folk-rock"

Natural Thing-Doobie Brothers (1973) the lead off track to my favorite Doobies album "The Captain & Me" which features the original lineup. This collection of tunes are all over the board in every style you can imagine. Plus its filled with hook-filled hits. Just an excellent LP.