Re: Retiring in Wisconsin
You certainly can retire to Wisconsin. My mother grew up there and moved to Chicago in her teens. When my father died she moved back to the Wausau area If you look at everything it is manageable financially. There are income taxes, sales taxes and real estate taxes but they are not collectively more than she had in Chicago or I have in Los Angeles. And a lot of services and living costs are reasonable. There are some nice things about Wisconsin, including nice summers, grand autumns and a long, cold winter that supports ice fishing (done any of that Cut Throat?).
There is something about having four seasons that clicks with me and I expect to subject my Southern California wife to that some day.
Back to kayaks, one of the best paddles I ever had was the Apostle Islands at the very north of Wisconsin. Big caves and water as clear as Hawaii, just a little colder. On Memorial day we paddled into a cave and there was still some ice left.
Old men ought to be explorers