Beating the Midwest Heatwave at Big Stone Lake State Park, Minnesota

We knew we would have to face the heat at some point, but we were not expecting it to be in early June in Minnesota in the middle of a record-setting heatwave. But after the ice storm in Texas, I cannot say we were surprised. Keeping Cate cool is a chore, and once she getsContinue reading “Beating the Midwest Heatwave at Big Stone Lake State Park, Minnesota”

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”

Little Bird Turns 2 at the Zoo

Seemingly without any warning our Bird is 2. She has found rocks and sticks in 27 states and 9 National Parks. She learned to walk in Tennessee and started potty training in Pennsylvania. She is incredibly easygoing and finds joy and excitement in every moment. She is the only grandchild on either side, which isContinue reading “Little Bird Turns 2 at the Zoo”

North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

We are always up for a visit to a botanical garden, and the gardens at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did not disappoint. It could be that we visited on a most beautiful spring day with pops of color blooming everywhere, but of all the universities we have driven through, Chapel HillContinue reading “North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, North Carolina”

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”

Sightseeing in San Antonio—Part 2: Mission San José and the Japanese Tea Garden

I am embarrassed to say that I did not know much about the missions in San Antonio or the rich history of the area beyond the Alamo, so I was truly amazed during our visit to Mission San José. While there are a total of five missions to visit around the city with a trailContinue reading “Sightseeing in San Antonio—Part 2: Mission San José and the Japanese Tea Garden”

Looking for Treasure in Arkansas after a Gem of a Hike in Oklahoma: A busy day trip

We had a packed day trip to Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma and Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.