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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

– Miriam Beard

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August 14, 2017

Why We Camp

Fourteen years ago, my husband took me on my first real camping trip. We’d sold our house, and had no new house to move in to. We had a 6 month old. He wanted to go west. Why not? We packed up a tent and supplies and left for a few weeks. Colorado, Utah, Wyoming…we did it all. Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde to Yellowstone, and a few stops along the way. When we returned, I vowed I would never go camping in a tent again. That’s when we bought our first camper, a 1977 Travelmate Pop-Up. Two […]
August 13, 2017

I’d Rather You Not Know About This Place

Seriously. It pains me to write this post. I don’t want you or anyone else to realize that there is a tiny town in northern Michigan that just might be one of the most perfect spots ever created. Too many people know about it already – as evidenced by the mad scramble for campsites and crowds we encountered when we were up there last week. It sits atop a line of bluffs (really just giant sand dunes in disguise), has a large campground, two groceries, one gas stations, two bars/restaurants, a diner, and more AirBnB’s per capita than any other […]
August 11, 2017

Fun in the Fort: Revitalization at its finest

I have lived just across the Indiana/Ohio border from the Fort Wayne area for seventeen years. Early on, there weren’t a whole lot of reasons to make the 25 min trip. Maybe to go to the mall. Or for an event at the Coliseum… Every once in awhile, a Wizards game. That’s all changed now. It all started when the Wizards changed their name and moved downtown. Parkview Field was constructed, and the newly named TinCaps brought with them the change the city was needing. Or at least that’s the way it seemed to an observer from Ohio. I realize […]
August 2, 2017

8 Hours on Agate Beach = 28 Agates

28 agates in 8 hours sounds like a lot. It’s not. Over a four day period I legit spent a little over 8 hours sitting on this beach, searching for the elusive agate. (note there’s something like 7 miles of rocks on this beach.)   And I really DID find 28 of them. But from that beach, I gathered all of these that I thought MIGHT be agates…toted them back to our campsite in a bucket and checked them with a magnifier and a light.     And THIS is the big take.     It should be noted that […]