In my previous post I spoke about returning to the Fox Valley after an absence of 23 years. There are so many new things to discover and old ones to revisit.

Over the winter holidays our family took a tour of Appleton, Kimberly, Kaukauna, and Little Chute. We visited our old house, the girl’s elementary school, and the old neighborhood. Then we decided to visit Thousand Island Environmental Center since we had just received 12 inches of snow. We rented snowshoes for a very reasonable cost and decided to venture out. Unfortunately, after about 30 minutes of trying to strap on the snowshoes (amidst much laughter), we had less than an hour for exploring. I recommend exploring Thousand Island Environmental Center during all four seasons of the year. You are sure to see something new.

I have also had the opportunity to try several of the local coffee shops. Each one has it’s own unique atmosphere and some are better for people watching than others. I enjoy the intimacy of both Seth’s Coffee and Bake Shop in Little Chute and All Seasons Coffee in Appleton. Both Copper Rock Coffee Companies are great for people watching.

This past weekend we enjoyed the indoor Appleton Farmers Market and visiting the Trout Museum. The art exhibit at the Trout Museum is free and open to the public. Local artists including Midwest Design Homes own Patt Huss have their work on display. As with all museums, the display changes regularly. I strongly suggest you check it out and look up the history of the building. It is very interesting.

I will continue to explore the area and am really excited for warmer weather and  to experience all of the free music the area has to offer.

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