World’s Largest Prairie Chicken

When good prairie chickens go bad.When Bruce and I head west on I94 to go camping, we always make a stop in Rothsay, MN.  The town doesn’t have much else to offer, but it does give you the chance to see the world’s largest Prairie Chicken.

Roadside attractions like this one can provide you with some interesting photo opportunites too.  When visiting roadside attractions, we generally take some time to unwind and have a little fun.  It gives us a chance to stretch our legs and relax for a bit before we get back in the truck and keep heading toward our destination.

Just remember to have your camera handy for moments like this one when good prairie chickens go bad!  😉

Campfire Starters

We have seen these fire starters for sale at campgrounds, but quite often they fetch quite a hansome price.  With a little bit of time and effort they aren’t hard to make.

What You will Need:
Parafin Wax or leftover bits of old candles

Small paper cups, egg cartons or paper baking cups

Optional:  Adding sawdust, wood shavings or dryer lint will provide a longer burn time.

How to do it:
Prepare the cups.  This can be messy, so you may want to put them on an old baking sheet and protect your countertops with a layer of old newspaper.

If you are adding sawdust, wood shavings or dryer lint, add a small amount to each cup.

Melt the wax or old candles in a double boiler.

SAFETY TIP: Never leave melting wax unattended.  Always melt wax in a double boiler and never expose it to direct heat on the stove as it will start a fire.  If you don’t have a double boiler, use a larger pot for the water and a smaller pot inside it to melt the wax in.

Carefully pour the wax into the cups.

Let them cool and you now have your very own fire starters!

DO NOT CONFUSE THESE WITH CANDLES! – Although made with wax they are not designed to burn in a controlled manner and should only be used in a suitable place such as a fire ring.

Campfire Fun

If your family is like ours, it just isn’t camping without a good rip-roarin’ fire.  Here are some things that you can do while enjoying the warmth of a fire on a summer evening. 


Anyone who camps will tell you that everything tastes better when it is cooked over a fire.  Roasting hot dogs on a stick is a fun way to get everyone involved with making dinner and foil-pack recipes are a great way to let dinner cook itself with a minimum of prep time.  And of course, when it comes time for dessert nothing beats roasted marshmallows and smores!

Campfire Stories
Whether spooky or silly, campfire stories are a great way to spend time around the fire. For a twist, try starting a story and let everyone add a little bit. You may be surprised where the story ends.

Even if you’re not a Justin Bieber, you can still have fun singing around the campfire.  Try an old standard or let the younguns teach you what is new in the world of music.

Children’s games
Games like “Telephone”, “Biz-Buzz” or “Frog” are great campfire games.  See how many times you can make it around the campfire before you have to start over!

Chatty Belle the Talking Cow

 On the lookout for interesting things while on your way to your favorite campground? How about stopping to see the world’s largest talking cow??  If you are travelling on I94 in Wisconsin just southwest of Eau Claire and have a bit of time for a detour, you can find Chatty Belle the Talking Cow at 1201 Division St. in Neillsville, WI.  It looks like a mooooooving experience! 

Find Chatty Belle and other roadside attractions at

Not sure how to get there?  Here’s a map: How to get there