Crazy Country

Everywhere we go we see something unusual or fun.  We meet people on Facebook and all along the way who do fascinating things. There's more to life than a country music cowboy hat, right?

Hodag - a mythical creature seen by Gone Country in Rhinelander, WI

The Hodag is a mysterious woodland creature that makes its home in the Rhinelander, WI Area. Why the Hodag is only found here is not certain. However, many people believe that it is the clean lakes, dense forests and incredible natural beauty that ties the Hodag to Rhinelander. Eyewitness accounts, along with rumor, legend and speculation, indicate that the Hodag is most definitely green. The first person to see the Hodag was Eugene Shepard, who in 1893 saw what he described as a lizard-like creature covered with white horns. More than a century of sightings and research seems to support this description.

Hodag seen by Gone Country in Rhinelander, WI
Noodling - something crazy friends of Gone Country do


Noodling - A form of fishing in which a crazy person runs into a lake and searches for holes on the bottom with his foot. Then he inserts his finger into the hole and lets something bite it. Hopefully, it's a catfish. If so, he wrestles the catfish to the surface and drags it to shore. If it’s not a catfish, he may lose his finger to a snapping turtle or his life to a water moccasin. Believe it or not, noodling is illegal in many states. Our crazy Facebook friend Ronnie Wilkins noodled these beauties out the Cimarron River.


Sign outside Cadott, WI, where Gone Country Hats sells at Country Fest


Welcome to Cadott, WI, home of one of our favorite events, Country Fest.

Isn't she lovely? Seen by Gone Country on the way from here to there.   What a handsome fellow seen by Gone Country in Minoqua, WI   Gone Country saw her in Minoqua, WI  Another cow from Minoqua          
The famous(?) cows of Minoqua, WI.  We're pretty sure there's a story here, but we never figured it out.
Who knows?

Apparently Gone Country is an oddity magnet.