Convert or Buy a Van?

The Van Life culture is a growing movement that lures in people of all ages and income levels. The free spirit mindset that this lifestyle embraces is an indicator that people want freedom and simplicity in their lives. The inevitable question everyone asks is, “how can we do this”? There are many things to consider […]

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A Daily Dose of Hiking

Gail and I generally hike somewhere every day. Granted, if we are going through the neighborhood on our 3-mile route, we will call it a walk. Some might say it’s an Urban Hike. I call it putting one foot in front of the other. Getting outside and trekking makes me feel happy. It’s good for […]

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Our Bicycle Upgrade

Gail and I have been bicyclists throughout our marriage. We have always liked riding together but we don’t always agree on what constitutes an excellent riding experience. For the past 15-years we have each owned 2 bikes (total of 4). We both have road bikes for tooling around the streets of Kansas City and cruising […]

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Monument Rocks

Unlike anywhere else in Kansas that I know of, the Monument Rocks are chalk towers that rise imposingly from the otherwise flat prairie. Located about 25 miles south of Oakley on Highway 83 and a few miles east on a gravel road, the formations sit on private land. The public is welcome to visit the […]

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Elephant Rocks State Park

One thing Gail and I have learned during our travels of the United States is how rich the country is with interesting and unusual places to visit. Some of our destinations are cultural stops that highlight the vision, the creativity and the expansion movements of the country and its people. Other places highlight mother nature’s […]

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February Ho-Hums

What do bloggers do to bridge the gap when their main topic is in pause mode? The pace of our posts lately are reminiscent of a sign we saw this summer alerting drivers to watch out for turtles crossing the road! We were warned when we started our blog that writers block would inevitably set […]

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Plan Less, Experience More

How do you plan a trip when you want to make it up as you go? Our preferred style of traveling with Alice is to have as much flexible time as possible. We research an area pretty heavily when we decide on a destination. However, we have learned that no matter how much time we […]

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Aspen Season in Colorado

As luck would have it, we scheduled a trip to Colorado in mid-September. While we were planning the trip we didn’t even consider the fact this was peak season for the colorful turning of Aspen leaves. My, were we surprised and awestruck when we arrived at our destination near Georgetown. This was a perspective of […]

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The Lake of the Clouds Photograph

Last summer, we visited the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent a couple days in the Porcupine Mountains. This rustic forested area is located on the shores of Lake Superior and offers many scenic hikes and vista overlooks. No matter where we are, one of our favorite things to do when we travel is get […]

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A Day on the Kansas Prairie

Last fall, Gail and I had a trip planned in Arkansas to hike and camp. The plans changed however due to poor weather conditions and we ended up on the Kansas prairie tour instead. The week we had planned to travel, there was a huge storm out of the gulf. The southern states all had […]

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The Christmas Music Antidote

With the exception of Christmas season I’m generally a 70’s rock-n-roll listener. I also like some singer songwriter, folk and soul music mixed into my routine when I want to change life’s tempo. The interesting thing is Christmas season is the only time of the year when I prefer to listen to classical music. The […]

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A Waterfall Hike in Arkansas

Arkansas is a beautiful state to seek out waterfalls and is a destination we frequent a few times each year. A four hour drive from Kansas City sits the town of Jasper which is surrounded by some of the most scenic landscapes in the midwest, if not the country. Hiking trails are plentiful in the […]

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The Wine Confession

I’m not really a wine guy. I like wine, but I don’t understand all the blends or subtle variances from bottle to bottle. For example, I can’t taste the difference between a Merlot, Shiraz or Pinot Nino. The Challenge  Occasionally when out for dinner, my wife and I will decide to buy a bottle of […]

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