The Mecca of Frisbee Golf and Cheese

Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Driving across the northern half of Wisconsin ended up being much more fun than we expected.   We didn't have any lofty goals to accomplish.  All we wanted was frisbee golf, Wisconsin's famous cheese and a nice place to camp.  In South Dakota we had printed out all the locations of frisbee golf courses along our estimated route of travel.  Turns out Wisconsin is covered in courses.  Most of the courses are located in the southern half of Wisconsin because of the sparse population of the north.  Our  map showed that in the town of Highbridge there were 5 courses all next to each other.   Looking at the map and the surrounding scenery we thought it was a misprint because Highbridge is in the middle of nowhere.   
     Since Highbridge was more or less on our way we decided to make sure that the map was not misprinted.   We pulled off the road next to the only structure for miles which just so happened to be a bar.   Doubting that we were in the right place we ask the bartender if they had heard of a frisbee golf course nearby
        By the way the normal response to this question (since we asked it every day) was to give us directions to a actual golf course....then we would explain that we were looking for FRISBEE GOLF...... they would then give us directions to a patch of grass where we could throw a frisbee....... THIS HAPPENED ALL THE TIME! 
    Turns out that we were in the right place.   We followed the bartenders directions and found our self on a little 9 hole course.   Still skeptical that there were actually 4 more courses we parked and proceeded to play a round.   The very first hole after being in the car all day and just cracking my first beer, I threw the road trips first and only hole in one!!!!!!   BAAAADAAAABING!!!!!!
       After exploring the course which looked like a deserted ghost town we ended up talking to an old timer that had pulled over to hunt for wild asparagus.   Since we were in no hurry he invited us to come with him to search for the stuff.   This guy was full of stories and was super informative about the art of finding wild asparagus.   Driving down the road a little further we saw a sign for more courses with a man weed-eating out front.   
     Turns out this guy was the owner of all the courses.   He offered us camping and the use of a fire pit (he even had a cabin for rent!).   We found out more about frisbee golf that weekend than we have ever hoped.   There were 5  massive courses with some that were professionally designed. Turns out that a month before we arrived, Highbridge had the national championships.  There were frisbee golf magazines, pro shops, camping areas,  workshops, beginner courses, pro course... you name it they had it and we had it all to ourselves!  We played so much frisbee that I threw out my shoulder (ripped a muscle)  In short it was awesome! This place was truly the mecca of frisbee golf .  One of the courses is even said to have the world's longest hole
      We played all that day and all next day until our shoulders could not take anymore.  To commemorate our time there we all bought a disc from the pro shop and had John the owner sigh them (of course I lost that disc soon after) 
       The last thing I wanted to do before we left Wisconsin was to sample their famous cheese.  Since we were very close to  the Michigan border we stopped at the first sign we saw.  This place turned out to be a local farmers house were he sold cheese and beef.  It was a little weird at first pulling into a strangers farm and wondering around.  We soon found a room with a couple of people cutting up huge pieces of raw meat.  I told them that I was just about to leave Wisconsin and that we must sample their famous cheese before we left.   It was 3 generations of family that was working the farm and they all were super friendly.  They gave us a tour of their farm, showed us their cows ( including a Japanese Kobe) and sold us some tasty sharp cheddar.   We learned about slaughtering practices and life on the farm.   It was unexpected hospitality and very kind.  Of all the states on the road trip Wisconsin was where we met the nicest people!    
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