Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

Apostle Islands has been on our list of places to visits for several years. We lived in McFarland, Wisconsin (just south of Madison) for 3 years and we spent our weekends traveling to many different parts of this beautiful state. However, we never made it all the way up North to the Apostle Islands. This […]

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A Day on the Kansas Prairie

Last fall, Gail and I had a trip planned in Arkansas to hike but due to weather conditions we ended up on a Kansas tour instead. It was through a process of elimination we eventually decided to travel the state. The week we had planned to travel, there was a huge storm out of the […]

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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 Tour of Alice

It was a sunny and warm December day and we had been missing Alice so we got her and took a drive through the country outside of the Kansas City area.  It was a joy to see Alice again after being in storage for 6 weeks! Since many people have asked us what Alice looks […]

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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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Copper Peak is High Flying

Steve and I spent some time last summer at the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin and at Porcupine Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It was a beautiful trip and we highly recommend visiting the area. Copper Peak was one of the highlights of the entire trip. Bessemer, Michigan Since we had been on the road […]

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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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The 5 Things We Learned Buying a RV

Our decision to buy a RV (recreation vehicle) was a mixed bag of emotions ranging from euphoria to mystified. To be clear, we did not have any idea what we were doing when we bought the van or what we were getting ourselves into. After 8-months of ownership we still have things to learn about […]

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Van Life By Design Introduction Video

We call our written travel journal Alice’s Memoirs which stays with us in the van while we travel. We also journaled when we had our boat and it’s a wonderful way of recalling where you have been, who you were with and funny side stories about important moments.  People have been journaling  for as long […]

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Our 1,500 Mile Weekend

We left home Friday morning at 4:00am and 12 hours later we were in  Boise, Idaho in Alice (our RV Sprinter Van) headed back to Kansas City.  We had just bought Alice, had our one hour introduction to our first RV and were ready to get on the road.  We had 1,500 miles to cover […]

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