Finding Time for Friends (Old and New)

August 15, 2015

New here? Sign up for free email updates. Or, if you’d prefer, subscribe to the RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!For me, one of the joys of visiting the Midwest was finding time to connect with friends, both old and new. I’ve mentioned some of these folks already. After our engine replacement in South Dakota, for […]

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One Week in Indiana’s Amish Country

August 11, 2015

After two weeks touring the Great Lakes and the Great North Woods, Kim and I drove south to Shipshewana, Indiana to visit Amish country. Before we looked around, however, we took a couple of days to decompress. As I’ve mentioned before, there are three types of days on this trip: travel days, touring days, and […]

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Making Our Way Around Lake Michigan

August 6, 2015

After a week on the shores of Lake Superior, Kim and I made our way to another great lake, Lake Michigan. There, over the course of a couple of weeks, we made our way almost completely around this vast body of water. We started our tour of Lake Michigan in the small town of Oostburg, […]

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On the Shores of Lake Superior

July 24, 2015

After nine days of unplanned rest in Plankinton, South Dakota, Kim and I resumed our year-long RV trip around the United States. We drove slowly at first, unwilling to put too much stress on the motorhome’s new engine. With each passing hour, however, our confidence grew. By the end of the day, Bigfoot was humming […]

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Little Motorhome on the Prairie: How We Got Stuck in South Dakota

July 15, 2015

Last Wednesday, we woke early. We’d stayed up late (for us) laughing with Kim’s high school friends, and now faced a long day of travel. We said our good-byes, then left northwest Nebraska for the three hour drive back to Buffalo Gap National Grassland, where we’d left the RV parked alone on the edge of […]

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One Night in Nebraska

July 9, 2015

One of the best parts of this year-long road trip is reconnecting with friends we haven’t seen for years. Or decades. Kim, for instance, has been looking forward to reuniting with her friend Shelley. Shelley and Kim met during junior high. During high school, Shelley and her family were like a second home to Kim. […]

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The Black Hills and the Badlands

July 6, 2015

Who knew? South Dakota is filled with things to do. Kim and I have been surprised by how much fun we’ve had in the southwest corner of this state. Everyone knows about Mount Rushmore, of course. And sure, the mountain monument is impressive: Mount Rushmore would have been neater at the start of our trip. […]

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Into the Great Wide Open

June 30, 2015

After a week in Montana’s Flathead Valley, we’ve moved on. For the first three months of this trip, we’ve stuck mainly to places we know: West Coast mountains and forests. We love this region, but now it’s time to explore the unfamiliar. That means crossing the Rocky Mountains and entering the vast Great Plains of […]

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If It’s Summer, This Must Be Montana

June 25, 2015

On Monday, after a week in and round Ketchum, Idaho, Kim and I packed up and headed north. We enjoyed our time in Ketchum (and nearby Sun Valley): Kim relaxed one day at a spa, we sampled local beer at a brewfest, we biked the extensive network of multi-use paths, we visited with Kim’s father […]

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Going to Sun Valley — the LONG Way

June 16, 2015

Most travel days are routine. By now, we know what to expect, and the expected usually happens. Plus, we can cope with minor misadventures. Some days, however – well, some days bring big surprises. After a week soaking in the splendid scenery of northwest Wyoming, we were ready to move on to Idaho. I rose […]

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