Wisconsin Adventures Group

If you are a weekend warrior or a dedicated explorer you will want to learn about our new Wisconsin Adventure Facebook group. Here you find new places to visit, connect with other travelers and share your experiences and your favorite stops through out the state.


FREE TO JOIN PUBLIC GROUP

How to join…

To can find the group here: Facebook.com/wisconsinadentures

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Please invite your friends to join the Wisconsin Adventures group!


About The Group

We created this group to make it easier for you to find new places to visit in Wisconsin. Please use this group to share…

  • Your favorite weekend getaway spot
  • Best places you been in Wisconsin
  • Places you would like to see
  • Events
  • Best places to go camping, skiing, biking, hiking, etc
  • Anything related to Wisconsin and its natural side is welcome.

Here you can meet other Wisconsinites and hear there stories and share yours.

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Saturday afternoon, enjoyMINT.

I think everyone in the area would agree that this has been an interesting year weather wise. Our summer was not the warmest and this fall has been unusually warm. This weekend (naturally on our weekend off) most of the state was forecasting rain. We made the best of it by checking out the new Sylvan Hill Mountain Bike Park in the morning while the rain held off then strolling around downtown Wausau.

After an exciting yet challenging ride at Sylvan hill we built up an appetite and decided to check out The Mint Cafe. I know I know, for all you locals your probably gasping and thinking “You live here and haven’t tried The Mint?” Well our experience was fantastic. We knew we picked a hot spot because when we walked in there was a bit of a wait but it was well worth it. Located at 422 3rd Street Wausau, this cafe was established in 1888!

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There were so many delicious options to choose from. We started with a cup of chili which was very good! Oliver got the Malibu chicken sandwich and I got the turkey and swiss croissant sandwich. Normally I am one to like my food saucy and covered in ketchup I thought I would need something on this since it was just carved turkey and melted swiss but it was delicious on it own!

Sitting at this adorable table looking at the memorabilia got my love of history and nerdy brain thinking “WOW this cafe opened in 1888” think of all the historic events that have happened since then! The Titanic sinking, both world wars, all the decades and how trends have changed. I sat with a movie montage playing in my head of all these people coming in eating and socializing what they would have been wearing and talking about and here I am apart of that.

When the friendly waitress came by to ask if we saved room for dessert our normal response would be “no, we’re way too full” but this time we decided to go for it! Oliver got strawberry cheesecake and naturally I had to get mint chip ice cream. I mean its the mint cafe its only fitting! I left full, happy, and the taste of mint on my tongue.

http://www.mintcafewausau.com/mapit.cfm

Check out The Mint and other great restaurants in downtown Wausau’s River District starting this week until Friday October 20.

http://www.wausauriverdistrict.org/downtown-dining-week/

Happy Dining!

Sylvan Hill Mountain Bike Park

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Sylvan Hill Mountain Bike Park opened  August 31, 2017 as a great addition to Wausau Wisconsin. With national recognition as a world class course. This loop trail system has around three miles of trails with four downhill options for riders with different skill levels. This bike park includes a pump track, a small skills area to help riders hone their abilities and the large loop system circling the park. At this time the park is maintenance with a fee to riders by a donation box at the trail head.

How to Find the Park


The trail head to the park is located at 3298 Coates Lane Wausau, WI 54403

To access the trail system riders should park at the trail head parking lot. This lot is located at the top of Sylvan Hill in the very southeast corner of the property next to the softball fields. 

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The Trails


The park consists of a pump track, skills area and a loop trail system. The main outer loop is the Green “Easy” trail and the 3 other trails branch off this loop at the trail head area and reconnect at the bottom of the hill. All the branch off trails start with a filter that you must complete to ensure you have the necessary skills to accomplish the trail. All trails are one-way downhill style.

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Pump Track

Pump Track:

A small area with rolling mounds and large turning banks set up in a loop style track. This is a fun section to play around in and warm up for the trails. This is similar to a small dirtbike / bmx racing course.

Skills Area:

This is a very small spot of the park with a couple rock piles and jumps to test or tune your skills. Its a fun spot to play around for a bit where you don’t have to worry about a big fall if you get too crazy.

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Green Trail:

Sylvan’s Loop is the “Easy” trail that loops the entire park and connects to the other trails. Don’t underestimate the word easy! This trail has steep down hill slopes, sharp turns, rolling hills and a few small wood bridges. This trail will test your endurance especially on the way back up to the top. Take this trail first to get an overview and a feeling for the park. Even one loop on this trail is enough for some but with the roller coaster like feel you’ll definitely want to ride again.

As beginner to intermediate mountain bikers the Green Trail was enough for us at the time so we do not have much of an opinion on the other trails. They look very exciting and challenging for skilled riders. We would like to one day work up to these. At an average fitness level our blogs will focus on our capabilities and experiences. Kudos to all the extreme riders out there who can complete the more advanced trails without a trip to the E.R.

Blue Trail:

Bad Rabbit more difficult trail.

Orange Trail:

Twisted Oak black diamond trail

Red Trail:

Fish Hook double black diamond trail (Expert Only) Very Large Jumps & Gaps through downhill course.

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Red Trail (Fishhook) Filter for Trail

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Trail Filter So You Know What To Expect On The Trail

We are very excited to have this addition to our area. This was a thrilling adventure and a great way to spend a nice afternoon. We highly recommend you check this out!

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You can download a Trail Map here: 

http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Portals/0/Departments/Parks/Documents/MAP_SylvanBike.pdf

More information can be found on the City of Wausau Website: http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Departments/Parks/CurrentRecreationPlans/SylvanHillBikeTrails.aspx

Featured in USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/30/mountain-bikers-get-world-class-course-wausaus-new-sylvan-hill-trails/489541001/

Why a Wisconsin Adventure Challenge?

Oliver and I have been together for 8 years, spending our free time hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful world that surround us. Back in 2011 my aunt and uncle in Arkansas offered us a free place to live if we helped around the house and pitched in with monthly expenses. At 19 years old your thinking “heck yea!” “There’s nothing to do here!” “This is my opportunity for a fresh start, make new friends, and get a change of pace.” This offer came right in the nick of time because Oliver had just lost his job and I was working part-time at Bath-n-Body Works. We couldn’t afford our monthly bills and rent. Needless to say we were almost instantly home-sick.

We moved to a larger city than our home in Wisconsin so we had plenty of job opportunities. Thankfully we both found jobs fairly quick. We went through a temp agency that placed me full-time at a car dealership as a receptionist/office assistant and Oliver got a job working for a company that dismantled airplanes and scrapped the parts. I also got an offer to work as a vendor at the local movie theater, which came in handy since that was a primary source of entertainment. Working kept our minds busy, but dealing with morning and evening traffic left my mind to wander back to my Wisconsin roots. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry for home more than a few times.

Thanksgiving was coming up and Oliver and I planned a visit back home with family. I was so excited! After 10 hours in the car we had finally made it to the Wisconsin boarder. It’s hard to explain what emotions hit me when I seen that glorious sign: “Wisconsin Welcomes You!” The phrase home-sweet-home seemed so cliche until this moment. It was so calming to be on roads that were familiar and know that in 2 short hours I’d be sitting on the couch surrounded by all things home.

When it came time to leave I was so sad, I desperately wanted to stay put and not return to my new life in Arkansas. Oliver and I had a 12 hour car ride to talk about our life and where we wanted to be and we concluded that Wisconsin was it. When we got back to my aunt and uncle’s house we spent our evenings job searching and applying. It took a while, but Oliver found a factory job and took it. I didn’t find a job until a few weeks later and wanted to fulfill a two weeks notice with my current positions. He packed up his truck and headed home to Wisconsin to start his new job while I stayed back. That was the longest 2 weeks! It also happens to be the longest amount of time we’ve been apart from each other since we started dating in 2009!

I was so anxious to get home I was pulled over for speeding by a state patrol and as luck would have it he gave me a written warning and told me to slow down! Phew!

The whole point of this is to establish a backstory as to why we would do a Wisconsin Adventure Challenge. The reason is simple, Wisconsin has so much more to offer than what typically comes to people’s minds when they think of this proud state. Cold snowy winters, Green Bay Packers, cheese, and beer. While all these are very true we also have some beautiful county and state parks, stunning landscapes, thrilling entertainment, and just about everything else in between. If your ready to see the other side of Wisconsin and can appreciate a beautiful hike, bike ride, family fun festivals, exciting sports, and maybe a craft beer with squeaky cheese curds at the end of the night then consider the Midwest and this Northwoods paradise! Let us, a couple of proud Wisconsinites show you all this great state has to offer!

Who we are

We are a couple of true Wisconsinites who seek  adventure and explore Wisconsin’s natural side. Taking weekend adventures and sharing our love of outdoor recreation and photography is what To The Trees is all about. We think of To The Trees as a brand that motivates and inspires you to explore the great outdoors. We showcase our photos and thoughts through our blog to encourage others to stay active and enjoy what our beautiful state of Wisconsin has to offer.

Thank You

Oliver & Samantha Post

Outdoor Enthusiasts