Sweet-Nature

Gumbo came to live with us in the spring of 2017.  He graduated from obedience school with a B+ average because he could not sit still if there was a person to greet, which meant he bounced up every time the instructor walked by. His tail wags furiously in the presence of any human. At …

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Dip-n-Scoop

I took a kayak safety class several years ago. Ben has learned most everything he knows about kayaking from me. While we were at Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands, I learned our favorite outfitter, Trek & Trail offered a safety class. We’d paddled with them last year on a tour to see the famous sea caves In …

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The Summer of Chase

There are two kinds of campgrounds; RV resorts and everything else. RV resorts typically feature a gated community with highly manicured, concrete-paver sites and allow only late model coaches—nothing older than 10 years, only class-A (bus style) rigs. Trailers? Pop-ups? Tents? Horrors! Such common human conveyances are not allowed. These resorts are luxurious, with private …

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Leine Land

We’d made arrangements to stay at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. After a couple days of non-stop travel we usually like to stop somewhere for a night or two where we can connect to utilities, cook a decent meal and regroup a bit. Before we arrived, Ben was researching the area surrounding the …

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Reno Nation

I can’t remember which of my friends started swooning when I mentioned we were stopping in Hattiesburg for a few days, but she was in a lather. “Oh my gawd, you are passing right by LAUREL!!,” she squealed. “You’ve got to go there!” I wondered later to Ben what was so special about Laurel Mississippi …

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Henry.

God's greatest gift to dogkind is that God withheld concern for the future beyond the next immediate experience--like suppertime, for example. It doesn't say so in Genesis, but I think one of the great curses leveled on humankind is that we are aware there a future and we spend an inordinate amount of time worrying …

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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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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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