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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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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The Big Beaver

I never expected to get lessons on rodents of the genus Castor--AKA the humble beaver--while visiting a tourist trap, but here we are and you are about to read of beavers real, ancient and imaginary. A beaver skull, illustrated C. Twomey We were in Mississippi when we saw a story on TV about a place …

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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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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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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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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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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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Michigan UP Miscellanea, Part 1

Having ticked the major boxes on our trip to Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula (Soo Locks and Whitefish Point) it was time to check out a few other area attractions. We were in the area at kind of a shoulder season of sorts, in that summer festivities were over but fall/winter activities had …

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