How One Teacher Uses A Rail-Trail to Help Students Learn and Grow

wausau-eea-at-shawano wausau-eea-at-lambeauMeet Lah Thao.  Lah Thao is a teacher affiliated with the Enrich Excel Achieve Learning Academy,, a public charter school located on the campus of Wausau East High School in Wausau.   The school is for students  in grades 6-12 and geared to teach students who do not fit in traditional public school classroom settings.

Every year for the past ten years,  Lah has been leading a group of students on a full trail ride on the Mountain-Bay State Trail from Weston to Green Bay (Howard).   He has a support crew that set up “pit stops” along the way along with adult volunteers who ride as chaperones with the students.   The kids train for the rides by cycling in physical education classes.  The whole trip is one way with the kids being bussed  back.  The students stop for lunch at Shawano, and have a photo-op and brunch at Lambeau Field.

For many of these students, this is the ride of their young lives.  It is quite an accomplishment for them to do all 83 miles.  The sites that they see on a ride like this will be with them for a long time.    Preparing for a full trail ride for anyone including these students at the Enrich Excel Achieve Learning Academy is about setting goals.

Rail-trails are a great tool for training young people on how to set goals and to develop the desire and determination to achieve them.   What a great way for kids to get out and enjoy nature while doing just that.Mountain-Bay State Trail2

Geocaching: A New Game Happening on the Mountain-Bay Trail

Often at times people do more than just biking or hiking on rail-trails.   If you check out this Youtube video, you will find out that this has been happening for nearly the entire length of the Mountain-Bay State Trail. The Marathon County segment has yet to be geocached so you can join in here.

Open Streets: A Celebration Of Healthy Lifestyles

One of the newest concepts in promoting healthier lifestyles is the Open Streets event.   It is just that.  Certain streets in a city, any city, your city are closed down for a few hours on a given Saturday for families to get out and enjoy the life of the street.    The city of…

A Link to the Past: The Wausau to Green Bay C&NW Line

One of the pluses of Facebook is the connections that are there with railroad groups.   As a result, I have added a link to a collection of photos of the Chicago & Northwestern as it operated on the last run in 1993.   Please check it out.

Trail Link: A Great App For Rail Trails

Over on the sidebar of this site, you will find a link for   This site is operated by the Rails-To Trails Conservancy and is loaded with information on any rail-trail in the United States.   This is a valuable help in planning your next ride or just checking out a trail near you….

Mountain Bay State Trail In Autumn

Traveling the Mountain – Bay State Trail in autumn is a trip for the eyes as the season changes. The Trail offers intimate views of the environment as it crosses the eastern half of Marathon County and into Shawano County in Wisconsin. Through the forests and tamarack swamps that the trail passes, as the season…

Who Uses The Trail?

  Have you ever wondered who really uses a rail-trail?   On a fine June afternoon, while on an assignment for the Marathon County Health Department to do bicycle and pedestrian traffic surveys.  I chose to take a seat at the Mountain-Bay State Trail’s intersection with Zinser Street in the Village of Weston.  My survey…

A Way to Get Around Wausau

Most of the communities in the Wausau Metro Area  have been working on providing a safe way to help guide cyclists through the Wausau area on family friendly routes.   Our communities are committed to showing the public that the bicycle is a practical means of transportation in addition to being a great form of…

Memorial To Will Sanford

Will Sanford had for a long time been a driving force behind the Friends of the Mountain-Bay State Trail and the Marathon County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.   Will had contributed much to both organizations.   I personally remember working with him on a clean-up of the Ringle segment of the Ice Age Trail…

New Year-Round Pedestrian Walkway Open In Weston

As these pictures show, the Village of Weston successfully completed construction of an asphalt paved walk-way parallel to the existing  trail.   This paved walk-way is  open year-round to bicyclists and pedestrians both. It provides safe access for children to get to both the Mountain-Bay Elementary and D.C Everest Middle Schools.   It was all part of…

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