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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

Check out a Wet A Fly (below) on September fishing in Driftless

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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Driftless Duffer

Snowflake Offers Golf Too

Ski jumping in winter; golf in spring, summer and fall

Snowflake Ski and Golf Club outside Westby is known much more for the former than the latter.

Each winter, ski jumpers from all over the globe gather for a competition that draws hundreds of spectators. The ski jump structure and hill tower over the golf course.

That doesn’t mean what you can’t have a great time playing golf on the nine-hole course that sits at the bottom of that hill.

The course is a Par 30 layout with six Par 3s and three Par 4s. The headwaters of Timber Coulee stream, one of the best trout fishing waterways in the state, wind through the course and add a challenge. So do some well-placed trees and undulating greens.

Probably the most undulating of those greens is on the 165-yard, No. 6 hole. If you don’t knock your tee shot on to the back of the putting surface, you are likely to watch your ball trickle back down hill on the green, which has a slope that rivals the grade of the ski jump. The hole is the No. 1 handicap hole on the course.

On the 164-yard No. 3 hole, you have to drive the ball over the stream. The green has more subtle, but still tricky breaks on it.

Numbers 7 and 8, both par 4s, can be challenging depending on what direction the wind is blowing from. You can get some pretty good breezes coming off the hills. No. 7, listed at 237 yards can play longer if the wind comes from the north. Some trees on the right also add obstacles.

No. 8, listed at 250 yards plays much longer if there is a stiff breeze from the south -- which there was the day my partner and I played it. The hole is the No. 2 handicap hole on the course.

On most days, the course is well groomed overall and the greens well maintained. There are exceptions when it gets a lot of rain. Right now, some major re-grading is being done to the main ski jump hill, but that doesn’t interfere with your golf.

The course clubhouse offers daily food specials and a variety of beverages to wet your whistle after a round. Make sure you check out the photos of the ski jump competition. It’s been going on for more than 90 years.

Greens fees are under $10. If you play on a day when the clubhouse is not open, you are asked to deposit your fee on the honor system.

That informality, the beauty of the surrounding hills -- dominated by the big jump -- and the natural layout of the course make a round at Snowflake a lot of fun.

Wet A Fly: In The Driftless Area

September Can Bring Great Fishing

September annually provides a last chance at good fishing for the season in Driftless Area streams.

As the temperatures start to drop, the water cools from the summer peaks and the trout become more active again.

Vernon County offers the two heavyweights in the area in Timber Coulee and the West Fork, but there are other, small streams that often are fished less in the Fall.

Coon Creek, Bishops, Camp are just some of those in Vernon County. The surface weeds often have died off, providing easier access to fish than in summer.

For more, go to the Driftless Writers Blog link on this page.

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For photo galleries from a recent trip to Colorado, go to our Road Trips link or Facebook page link at the bottom of this page.

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