Wild lakes, inspiring people, musicians to watch and cold Packers games

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Rebecca Jabs, a Manitowoc artist/graphic designer who collaborated with author/naturalist John Bates on a guidebook called "Wisconsin's Wild Lakes," looks for birds along the Woodland Dunes area, Monday, January 17, 2022, in Manitowoc, Wis.
Rebecca Jabs, a Manitowoc artist/graphic designer who collaborated with author/naturalist John Bates on a guidebook called "Wisconsin's Wild Lakes," looks for birds along the Woodland Dunes area, Monday, January 17, 2022, in Manitowoc, Wis.

Hi there Wisconsin!

How have you all been? Keith Uhlig here, and I'm back after a few days down and out last week. I had a fever, achiness, fatigue and general blurghiness. Did I have a breakthrough case of COVID-19? Maybe. My wife was unsuccessful in finding an at-home test and by the time I had the chance to get to a community testing center, I was feeling great.

Just in case I did have it, I happily went into self-isolation mode. Luckily there are plenty of ways to get out and about in Wisconsin and not go anywhere near people. I spent some time in the woods, on cross country skis, indulging the yearnings of my inner Viking. I call him Einar.

I also did some dreaming and planning. One of the things I want to do ASAP is to get up north and explore some of Wisconsin's "wild lakes." I recently spoke with illustrator Rebecca Jabs, who worked with author John Bates on his book "Wisconsin's Wild Lakes." She's motivated me to become more mindful and observant whenever I'm out and about. Here's two stories I've written about the book (I'm a fan!):

Illustrating 'Wisconsin's Wild Lakes:' Manitowoc's Rebecca Jabs mixes art and science

Northwoods naturalist John Bates helps us explore 'Wisconsin's Wild Lakes' with new book

I don't plan to jump in Lake Michigan in the middle of winter or walk across the country any time soon, but I've still been completely inspired by the thinking of these two people.

Mary Hesch hiked from her home in Stevens Point to the Gulf of Mexico. The idea started as a way to have some fun, but it became a pilgrimage that helped her gain perspective on grief, relationships and life.

Stevens Point woman faces grief, finds fulfillment on 1,400-mile walk to Texas

Justin Galloway just might be a little crazy. (But in the best, zaniest way possible.)

This man is challenging himself to go into Lake Michigan 300 out of 365 days. Yes, even when it's 4 degrees out.

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