Dam It!

When our friend Jim suggested we take a trip down a stretch of the Mohican river, we accepted immediately. None of us had been on this stretch of the river but the Mohican is generally placid, the upper part of which is popular with families and novice boaters. Our planning included how to get there …

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Beholder’s Eye

As the saying goes, “I may not know a lot about art, but I know what I like.” Munising, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula may not have a reputation for public art, but it does have one of the largest public art installations in the state, a short drive west into Chocolay Township. A friend …

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Practice Makes Perfect.

Just when you think life is getting kind of dull, the Michigan National Guard shows up to provide entertainment. As I wrote in an earlier post, we spent a few weeks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to socially distance near the water and soothe our pandemic-weary souls. Our first stop was in the town …

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Call Your Mother

Over the years when I traveled the one person I always checked in with was my mother. I’d let other family and friends slide for a while, but never my mother. I’ll bet that 99.99% of travelers do that. Moms rule. Our conversation always began like this: Me: “Hi Mommy Dearest, how are you?” Her: …

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Aptet et Itinerantur!

(Title translation at the end of the story) When we returned home last October we didn’t expect to be homebound in the new year. We are quintessential Midwest snowbirds but life events kept us home in early winter and then pandemic closures clamped down on travel for the rest of the year. In a typical year we …

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Hiatus

What do travel bloggers do when there is little in the way of travel to blog about?  Some wrote about what it was like traveling during a pandemic; the short answer is “difficult.”  Others have fallen silent for a time, or recap past adventures. For a variety of reasons, this is my first post since …

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Doggone Travel

Open the door of any RV and you are likely to encounter at least one pet. There are dogs and/or cats and we’ve encountered birds, ferrets, chinchillas, rats, snakes, horses and pigs on the road. I haven’t met people who keep fish. I would imagine the water and the fish would slosh around a lot …

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Wire and Steel

The Christmas holiday has always been a complicated bag of mixed feelings. It's a juggernaut of expectation, emotion, and expense. I feel bombarded by commercials and holiday specials and buried in over-the-top nostalgia that causes general anxiety even when everything goes as planned. I'm sure I'm not alone, holidays are hard for lots of people, …

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Hiney, Ho! (Mich Miscellanea, part II)

Munising MI isn’t what you’d call a destination city. Its main claim to fame is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and boating, fishing, snowmobiling or ice fishing. We were in Munising for a week and promptly checked Pictured Rocks off the must-see list, an experience I blogged about earlier. We’d be poor travelers indeed if we …

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