Acres of Diamonds in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota!

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Acres of Diamonds in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and Minnesota!Wisconsin Forests

Everyday as I turn on my computer Microsoft Windows is kind enough to gift me a beautiful nature or cultural site from some exotic, or nearby land from around the world.

I love these scenes and always check the info box to see where each brilliant photo is coming from.

So many of these come from very exotic lands like Southeast Asia where we see huge rock formations with vibrant and ancient growths of trees and other vegetation clinging to every surface.

Some locations from around the world show beautiful mountains, including one referred to as the Southern Alps, a scene from New Zealand featured in today’s flash screen.

Wisconsin ForestsSometimes it is a lush and beautiful Boreal Forest like we see so much of in the Midwest, Northeast, and Canadian regions.

Often, I make a mental, or written, note to find an opportunity to go visit many of these locations and I am sure that someday I will visit most of them.

In my business, I have been blessed with the opportunity to actually visit many of these places, mostly for business. 

Not just visiting, but spending some quality time, doing a project, tramping through the forests, finding the hidden gems that most will never see.

I have always told my son to appreciate the moments when we get to these places, take a break from your project to notice the beauty around you, and realize that thousands of tourists spend big bucks to come to these places, and most do not get as spectacular view as you do when you get into the inner forests as we do.Wisconsin Forests

Sometimes I will have a camera with me to get a shot to share, most times I have not, since most of my serious woods work was before we had digital cameras on every phone.

Yet, the enjoyment was there, thinking about how this was just like the most amazing postcard in the local tourist store.  Which often led to me wondering why tourists did not just same some money and look at these scenes from a postcard or from a magazine like National Geographic.

Of course, there are other senses besides the visual that are stimulated, we feel the heat, the extreme cold, the mosquitoes, the wet, the dry.

We smell the clean air, the dry air, the moist air, the pollens, the fungal spores, the smell that fresh water gives off, and the many other smells of nature.Wisconsin Forests

Yet so many times I will sit by some amazing waterfall, some amazing mountain view, or other spectacular view and wonder if this was worth the trip or if I could have saved some time and looked at photos from home.

Other times I have looked at this amazing scene and thought, this looks so close to a particular scene I have witnessed back in Wisconsin, Michigan or Minnesota. 

So close that if I did not know better I would have thought I was back home in my Northwoods stomping grounds.

Kind of reminds me of Russell Cornwell’s story about “Acres of Diamonds”, where the young man sells his inheritance and goes around the world searching for his fortune only to return home broke and discouraged, to find that the person who bought his lands had discovered a diamond mine in his fields.Michigan Forests

So many treasures so close to home, something that I see every time I travel across the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

So many spectacular views, millions of lakes, rivers, forests, wildlife, and so many more views that people pay money for, yet we can see so close to home.

Of course, this does not stop me from seeking out far off projects that will yield more exotic and breathtaking experiences, but it does help me to appreciate those diamonds that populate our Northwoods of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Minnesota.

Tonight, as I write this, I challenge you to plan a trip to Wisconsin to witness our beauty and take a little time to get out and look for the diamonds that God has placed in the land near you.

 Wisconsin Forests


Btw, if you find you really love this land, and who wouldn’t, and you want to move here, please give me a call.

I know where the diamonds are hidden and can help you find your Northwoods Paradise!





Disclaimer:  We don't actually have diamonds in this part of the country.  Our Forests, Lakes, Rivers, and Natural Beauty are our actual Gems, give me a call, I will be delighted to show you a few of these.


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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Bob,
So true about the "diamonds" being right in our own back yard.  I've done my share of traveling to far off places. I admit it's fun and interesting and different but, in the end, not really any better than right here where I live. 

Mar 03, 2019 09:31 PM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  Thanks for the information about the Acres of Diamonds.  I wonder if anyone ever thinks they will find real diamonds there?


Mar 04, 2019 04:59 AM #2
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection


This was a nice read.   Like you,  I love those beautiful photos served up by Microsoft.  I however prefer to find the acres of diamonds much closer.

You have so many opportunities in your business to do so too.

Mar 04, 2019 10:19 AM #3
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bob Crane - You gave your son some wise advice. Something tells me he is as proud of you and you are of him. I liked what you had to say about Russell Cornwell's story about "Acres of Diamond." It's so true! It reminded me of what Judy Garland (Dorothy) said at the end of the Wizard of Oz too!

Your photos are beautiful. I can tell you are always inspired when working in God's country. The world needs more men, like you. And to think with God's help, you created one great son!

Photo #4 reminds me of a time when I was driving back home from St. Joseph's Retreat Center in Bailey's Harbor, WI. I sat by a scene like that for the longest time, reflected, cried, and prayed fervently. It was so beautiful! 

Bob, I really like your writing style. 

Mar 04, 2019 03:29 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bob Crane - Congratulations! Your blog post is being featured in the BananaTude Group! Not only are you an excellent writer, but you also exemplify true values as a man who has to work for a living and you take time to provide good guidance to your son. Like the Northern Lights, you lead the way!

Mar 04, 2019 03:55 PM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

And those visuals on your screen are proven to lower blood pressure and improve your over all health and well being. Of course, there is nothing like "being" in Nature. Your stories of being out there with camera, or not, and soaking up the sights and the sounds is what it's all about. 

Mar 07, 2019 12:38 PM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I love this post, Bob! It must be such an amazing career, surrounding yourself with these fabulous delights of nature every day. And, like you, I'm never without my camera - too many appealing things to delight all around us! 

Mar 09, 2019 07:31 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bob Crane - Congratulations on being featured on ActiveRain!

Mar 09, 2019 08:05 AM #8
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Great post!  I grew up around Wisconsin Dells and have always enjoyed the beauty along the River and so many beautiful formations.  Definitely the land of diamonds!

Mar 09, 2019 12:34 PM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Bob Crane  So nice to see a local post Featured. for a change. I am a big city girl but even here in the big city, we have woods and parks. You are right they may not be real diamonds but the earth and clean water does sparkle. If I ever know anyone moving to your neck of the woods you are the agent I would call. By the way, it has been a long time since we have chatted. 

Mar 09, 2019 01:40 PM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob as much as I loved your post and photos from the last photo I am totally discouraged, I only want to see the white stuff like now through your photos:))Endre

Mar 09, 2019 11:49 PM #11
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I always love reading your posts about the woods and natural beauty that you are lucky enough to see each day 

Mar 10, 2019 04:12 AM #12
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I love to go off the beaten path in our area also. There are so many hidden gems if you search for them.

Mar 10, 2019 05:37 AM #13
Jeffrey Jonas- Minnesota Home Inspector
Critical Eye Property Inspections / JRJ Consultants - Owatonna, MN

Nice post and photos. Unfortunately, we currently have a lot of the white stuff to dig through to get to those diamonds. Fortunately , that white stuff makes for some pretty awesome scenery also!

Mar 10, 2019 05:54 AM #14
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - like you I am intrigued by the enticements that I am presented as I turn on my computer for the day. Interesting. Entertaining.  Informative.  And more. PS - your disclosure is very clever.

Mar 10, 2019 07:16 AM #15
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Timberrrrr... excellent imagery and local information in this well crafted blog post Bob Crane ! Land, woodlots, tree forest plans... large acreage timber tracts... I best your luxury broker, the agent only peddling condos and cooperative wonders what the heck are you talking about... what is the different between each land parcel? The soils vary in a big way. Like people, soils on the land, the drainage and profile is so so different huh?

Mar 10, 2019 10:24 AM #16
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Beautiful place Bob! I like to visit from mid June through August. WAY TOO COLD otherwise!!! I see it is currently 29 in Minneapolis. 76 and sunny i SE Coastal North Carolina!

Mar 10, 2019 11:20 AM #17
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Bob!

No matter what area you visit, there is some sort of beauty to enjoy.  Many are in such a rush, they end up missing it.  While visiting. we must take the time to enjoy what God has given us.  They are his gifts to us.


Mar 11, 2019 09:57 AM #18
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

We are blessed with so many beautiful places in this country. I got to see a lot of them as a young man while working planting trees in Northwest Washington, and cooking for firefighters in 8 Western States. 

Mar 11, 2019 03:52 PM #19
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