Into The Great Outdoors

Last summer I went camping by myself for the first time ever. I camped at the Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan on a trip out East to visit with my friends in NYC and Vermont. It was supremely fun and I kept thinking about Joe Pera while hiking around the dunes and soaking up rays off the shore of Lake Superior. As the weather actually gets warmer (Earth Day weekend was a breath of fresh air!) I'm thinking ahead to camping trips this summer and having a beer around the fire with people I love. 

This year, I really want to check out Wyalusing State Park. I’m already mentally making lists of what I want to bring and what I want to cook out on an open flame. One thing I’m excited to try out camping this time around is the Firestarter from Abeego. The Firestarter is manufactured from leftover ends of Abeego food wraps, water resistant and is excellent for kindling up a campfire. This year, no matter who I’m camping with, I’m getting dibs on starting the fire and there’s nothing anyone can say or do about it!

As you might remember from my Coffee Talk post, I love cold brew coffee. When I go camping, I like to have a large jar of cold brew on hand for afternoon refreshment and some ground up beans, a ceramic pour over cone, and coffee filters around for a hot morning cup. This year I’m considering purchasing the Coffeesock #2 Filter Set specifically for my camping needs. What could be cooler than having less waste, especially when camping! 

Feeling that spark to venture into the great outdoors right now? Go on a walk! This time of year is amazing for viewing everything from daffodils to dandelions to ducks right outside your door.

Feeling like going farther? Wisconsin has 66 state parks and state recreation areas and they are accessible via daily (price depends on location) or annual passes (which cost $28 for standard vehicles with Wisconsin license plates and are a great deal if you are considering visiting more than once). 

What’s your favorite Wisconsin camping or recreation spot? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. 

From the field,


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Hanna Kohn

Hanna Kohn is the Operations Manager & Marketing Coordinator with Green Life Trading Co. where she has been educating and connecting individuals and small businesses with sustainable products and solutions since 2021. She holds a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Sustain Dane Master Recycler and Water Steward. When she's not at the shop, Hanna volunteers at WVMO 98.7 FM - Monona's Community Radio Station where she hosts Playhouse, a weekly broadcast of music including contemporary electronic, synth pop and jazz. Connect with Hanna via email: