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”

The Road Ahead

We left western Pennsylvania this week, and while we are beyond excited to continue our adventure, this goodbye was harder than any previous one. This is the first time we have left without having a return date on the calendar, so it feels a little more definite. As sad as it was to say goodbyeContinue reading “The Road Ahead”

Rainy Day at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The 1 day we could go to Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the worst possible day to go. The rain was relentless. But with the rain comes fewer people, so there are silver linings even in rain clouds. It was only about an hour’s drive from our campground, but the weather and knowing we probablyContinue reading “Rainy Day at Cuyahoga Valley National Park”

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”

Sleeping with the Cows: A Review of Our Stay at Walnut Hollow Ranch, Harvest Hosts

Have you ever been kept up at night by cows mooing outside your door? We have, and we loved it (however, had they woken Little Bird we may not feel the same!). On our most recent stay through Harvest Hosts, we visited Walnut Hollow Ranch in western North Carolina where they raise black angus cattleContinue reading “Sleeping with the Cows: A Review of Our Stay at Walnut Hollow Ranch, Harvest Hosts”

The Day We Planted the Seed: Deciding to go Fulltime on a Walk in North Park

It was a year ago today that we took what turned out to be a fateful walk. It was the beginning of quarantine, and we decided to check out a new trail in North Park, about 10 minutes from our house, hoping it would not be as crowded as some of the more popular trails…asContinue reading “The Day We Planted the Seed: Deciding to go Fulltime on a Walk in North Park”

Hiking with My Bird on the Little Blakely Trail, Arkansas

One of the things I have not done a lot of on our adventure is spend time with Little Bird outside of the camper or campground just the 2 of us. We do a lot as a family, and she and I spend time together at home, but we do not usually go out somewhereContinue reading “Hiking with My Bird on the Little Blakely Trail, Arkansas”