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Drifless Images in Pixels and Prose will feature people and places within the region as portrayed on this map.

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Driftless Products and Places

This fiction book is about a veteran journalist who tires of the hype and spin of modern media and decides to seek something truthful in the wilds of Tasmania.

Two chapters also are set in the Driftless area of Wisconsin. Available via www.iUniverse.com, www.amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Or: Order here.


For photos of items for sale, go to the gallery link for this site below. 

For overall info, go the Shed's Facebook page by clicking here.

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Westby House Victorian Inn

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Branches Winery

http://www.brancheswinery.com

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Ottervale General Store

S4015 Husker Hollow Rd.

La Farge, WI. 54639

608-625-4258 - 608-343-8261

Email: kpalderson@gmail.com

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Valley Stewardship Network

Our Mission:

Valley Stewardship Network works to protect the lands and waters of the Kickapoo River Valley through stewardship outreach and citizen action that result in healthy food and water for generations to come.

Explore our site.

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Welcome to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569 acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin.

Its history, resources, administration, and recreational diversity make it unique - a place like no other. We invite you to come see for yourself the many wonders of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Here sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters, and native plants and animals abound in all seasons.

Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the back country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you! Click here for more.

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Gallery Featured Photos

For galleries of photos from around the Driftless Area and beyond, click here.

For archives of stories done about the area, go to the Message Board of this web site and scroll down.

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Welcome To Driftless Images

For a Driftless Duffer review of Ferndale Country Club, scroll down. 

Photo from Ferndale Facebook page.

Welcome to Driftless Images, a site that morphed out of the Driftless Writers Blog. into Driftless and now to its present format .

The site still serves as a forum for folks who love the creativity and challenge of using the language in written form. It doesn't matter whether you are a student, hobby writer or a pro -- or whether you write prose or poems -- you can post your work here. Just use the Driftless Writers Blog Message Board below.

You won't be paid for your writing. Any obscene or libelous/slanderous posts will be removed by the publisher. But, if you can live with those rules, you can use this as a forum to see your work in "print" in cyberspace.

Over the next few years, I plan on writing about the people, places and things that make the Driftless area unique. We also will work to capture the beauty of the area and document the life here in photos. Thus, the Pixels and Prose part of the site name.

The Driftless Area is a relative well-kept secret in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois. Its karst geology makes it unique, gives it beauty and also makes it an environmentally fragile area. 

We'll document that as well as the characters who inhabit the area and some of the communities and places that give it further identity. ... Gregg Hoffmann

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Post your writing by clicking below

You can write your piece right on the blog, but it usually is better to copy and paste it into the site from your own computer. All works on this site are copyright protected and cannot be used again without permission from the authors. Feel free to post notices and opinions about community issues. Features that appear on this site also will be archived on the Blog.

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August Is Active Month

August always is an active month in the Driftless Area. Wild West Days in Viroqua and Larryfest near the Kickapoo Valley Reserve are two highlights of the month. Both are set for the third weekend in the month, Aug. 15-16.

Branches Winery plans a a Twilight Wine Tasting Cruise aboard the La Crosse Queen on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The Country on the River Music Fest is planned Aug. 7-9. Labor Day celebrations around the area start in late August and some fairs are set for the month.

Look for more information and features on these and other events during the month.

Blogging For Driftless Wisconsin

Gregg Hoffmann, publisher of www.driftlessimagesinpixelsandprose.com, has started to write monthly blogs about fishing and golf in the region for the Driftless Wisconsin web site.

The first blog, "Summer trout fishing in Driftless Wisconsin," can be seen at http://driftlesswisconsin.com. A link to the site also can be found in the left hand column of this web site.

Driftless Wisconsin serves as a tourism site for the Driftless Area with emphasis on Vernon and Crawford counties.  Directories of lodging and dining spots in the area are maintained as well as blog about attractions.

The Driftless Duffer

Ferndale Tucked In Minnesota Hills

Photo from Ferndale Facebook page

On the western edge of the Driftless Area, near Rushford, you’ll find a scenic golf course called Ferndale Country Club.

Ranked as one of the top 9 hole courses in the state, Ferndale rests alongside Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway 16 nestled in the midst of the bluffs of southeastern Minnesota.

Its web site reads: “The course is challenging to play, the scenery is breathtaking, and the people are ‘Minnesota Nice‘.” The Driftless Duffer found all of these to be true during a recent round there.

The course measures 6,648 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 119.

Designed by Ben Knight, the Ferndale golf course opened in 1932. Its maturity shows with large pines and other trees that add much to the scenery and are ready to trap any errant shots.

The par 5s on the course are long enough to provide plenty of challenge. No. 2 measures 527 yards from the back tees and is bordered by rough and trees. No. 7 measures 530 yards and also penalizes the duffer who strays left or right.

No. 5 is a 172 yard par 3. It has thick woods on the left and two sand traps that make you go straight up the middle on the tee shot. This duffer dumped his shot in the right trap, but was able to blast out and score a bogey.

The finishing hole also is a par 3, 180 yards long. Highway 16 runs along the left side, so pull or hook one and you can say goodbye to your ball. Miss the shot to the right and you’ll likely get a downhill or side hill lie.

Among the par 4s, this duffer found No. 4 the most challenging with out-of-bounds on the left, woods on the right and an elevated green that is tricky to putt.

As is the case with most Driftless courses, all the greens have some undulation, but they are not unfair and were in good shape.

My partner and I played the course after several days of rain, so there was some standing water and some of the turf was soggy. But, evidence of good grooming overall was plentiful.

For the full Driftless Duffer review of the course, go to the Driftless Writers Blog link on this page. For more on the course, go to http://www.ferndalegolfcourse.com.

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