The Ice Age Trail in Janesville, Wisconsin

One of the great things about traveling the country is visiting places where we have family or friends. When we made our reservations in Wisconsin, we reached out to one of Will’s cousins who lives a few miles from the campground. In addition to getting to see them and catch up, which was so muchContinue reading “The Ice Age Trail in Janesville, Wisconsin”

Checking Off Illinois at Rock Cut State Park

Even though we had driven through Illinois the day before, we had not met our criteria for checking it off our map, so we headed south from our campground in Wisconsin back to Rock Cut State Park just outside of Rockford, Illinois. When we began this adventure, we knew it was next to impossible forContinue reading “Checking Off Illinois at Rock Cut State Park”

Getting Wind Blown at Indiana Dunes National Park

One of the main reasons for our stay in western Michigan was the proximity to Indiana Dunes National Park. It is one of the newest National Parks, only being named such in 2019 after being a National Lakeshore since 1966. The Park is a patchwork along Lake Michigan, with a town, several steel mills, andContinue reading “Getting Wind Blown at Indiana Dunes National Park”

Hiking through Sand at Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

We thought our first day in Michigan was a bust. We woke up to pouring rain and what seemed like day 200 of spring allergies. My sinus headache had me wanting to spend the day in bed, but once the rain subsided, we all wanted to make the most of our stay and do aContinue reading “Hiking through Sand at Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan”

Campground Review and Hike at Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio

Our first stop after leaving Pennsylvania was at Maumee Bay State Park in northwest Ohio. The park is situated along Lake Erie just outside of Toledo and was an unexpected gem. Due to Memorial Day weekend, we stopped here for 1 night before moving on to the campground where we would spend the holiday. However,Continue reading “Campground Review and Hike at Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio”

Wading through the Valley of Bluebells in Hogback Ridge Metropolitan Park, Ohio

Toddlers laugh in the face of our best-laid plans, and Little Bird can often throw a wrench into our vision for the day. On our way to northeast Ohio, we left around 10:00 AM with the plan of arriving to our new campground around noon, eating lunch, and then having a quiet afternoon while BirdContinue reading “Wading through the Valley of Bluebells in Hogback Ridge Metropolitan Park, Ohio”

Hiking in Flip Flops in Hueston Woods State Park, Ohio

We were halfway to Hueston Woods State Park when I realized I had forgotten my hiking boots. In the craziness of a morning with a toddler, I had slipped on my flip flops first thing and switched my focus to getting us out the door, completely oblivious to my footwear. Somewhere along our journey, myContinue reading “Hiking in Flip Flops in Hueston Woods State Park, Ohio”

Enjoying Spring in Mohican State Park, Ohio

We are chasing spring. Just as we chased the changing colors in the fall as we made our way south, we are seeing spring colors popping up time and time again as we head north. We saw our first redbud trees blossoming in Texas in February, followed them up through Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina,Continue reading “Enjoying Spring in Mohican State Park, Ohio”

Chasing Waterfalls and Goats at Cedarock Park, Burlington, North Carolina

On recommendation from Will’s sister, we made our way to Cedarock Park on a beautiful, quiet Tuesday morning for a hike and some exploring. The park offers hiking trails, equestrian trails, disc golf, fishing, and a historic farm. While there were quite a few people in the park when we arrived, most were playing discContinue reading “Chasing Waterfalls and Goats at Cedarock Park, Burlington, North Carolina”

Hiking in Nature’s Church at Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point, North Carolina

On a recent Sunday morning, we made our way to the Piedmont Environmental Center for a nice morning hike along High Point Lake. We were not really sure what to expect, as the center is situated right in the middle of a residential area, but we were pleasantly surprised once we left the parking lotContinue reading “Hiking in Nature’s Church at Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point, North Carolina”