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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Laker Fanboys

We returned to Sault Ste. Marie for a couple weeks. The “Soo,” as it’s called sits at the end of I-75 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It straddles the American/Canadian border. The Soo is a lovely place to escape from the dog days of summer. In August it’s brilliantly sunny and about 67 degrees.  Our regular …

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A Family Affair

We spent 10 windy days in the city of Ludington Michigan, which is perched on Lake Michigan. With miles of beaches and sparkling blue water, Ludington is a wildly popular summer destination. Taking a break on Hamlin Lake Ludington State Park is a family affair. The park straddles Lake Michigan and the much smaller Hamlin …

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Kalamazoo – zoo – zoo!

I’ve learned a lot about cars since I met Ben, but just when I think I’ve heard it all, there’s more to learn. When we planned our summer trip, he said he wanted to stop at “a car museum in Kalamazoo.” I was all in for that because of an almost mythic attachment I have …

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Queen Bee

Traveling as we do we’ve met some unforgettable humans and critters. I’ve written previously about our visits to Red Bay Alabama. It is the home and headquarters of the Tiffin motorhome company. Red Bay is the place where anyone who owns a Tiffin branded motorhome takes their rig to have upgrades or repair work done. …

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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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The Snappy Dresser

We’re often asked how we choose destinations and plan our route. Usually, we choose based on a desire to see a new place or a particular national park. Our ‘Summerpalooza21’ plan was to travel down the coast of the Great Lakes, starting with Superior, then Huron and finally Michigan. Over the years it’s become our …

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Auto-X, Yes! Baby Goats, No!

Wisconsin Fairgrounds Frolics, day 1 I mentioned in an earlier post that staying at county fairgrounds can be lots of fun when there are events scheduled during a stay, the last time we had baby goats running around. Even though there were no cute goats our two-day stay delivered some most unexpected entertainment. On the …

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The Fabulous Baker Boys

I most enjoy traveling when I learn a little about the lives of the people we encounter. Bar (yes, the garage door opens) on the left, tasting room on the right. The second night of Summerpalooza21 we stayed with a Harvest Hosts participant. We rolled into the Rush Creek Distillery in Harvard, Illinois at around …

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The Art of Going

If getting to a destination was truly the easy, rollicking experience portrayed in countless travel ads, movies like Lampoon’s Vacation and Planes, Trains and Automobiles wouldn’t exist, nor would stand-up comics have material about bad airline food, screaming kids and skanky hotel rooms. People who don’t travel in campers/RVs view those of us who do …

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