Biggest Muskie, Meet Biggest Bonfire

19 Oct
2011
Posted in: Wisconsin
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“Paul,” Gary says, “We’d better get moving. I’ll let you break the news to Lisa.”

Lisa had ducked out of the room, and Gary took the opportunity to invite me to the big bonfire happening that night. Jack, Gary’s buddy, had piled up some brush about 12 feet high at the local lodge. Officially, it’s 6′ x 6′ x 6′ – the maximum size for a civilian bonfire. Unofficially, these were quite conservative measurements that involve numerous rounding and conversion errors. This was going to be a big bonfire.

Logs?  Nope, those are whole trees.

Logs? Nope, those are whole trees.

When we arrive, it’s shrunken a bit – pine burns fast – but it’s still huge. It’s too big to stand anywhere near. This isn’t a bonfire for cooking or s’mores – this is a just a big fire. It’s massive. Instead of logs, there are TREES. 10′ out, it’s too hot to face head-on. 15′ out, it’s still a little too warm. You can feel the heat 30′ out. The light from the fire illuminates trees across the street. It’s awesome.

The comfortable viewing distance.

The comfortable viewing distance.

 

  • Barb

    I was just at a bonfire in the Foltz’s neighborhood a week and a half ago…Not so big.

  • Ebcrandall

    Amazing – Nothing says Northern Wisconsin like a face melting bonfire at 30′ out!