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June, 2015

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Taking the Good with the Badlands …

Badlands National Park (1 of 4) Just 40 miles shy of Badlands National Park, Murphy’s Law struck again. We were nearly there when the Chevy Avalanche started chiming warning bells and lights at us. Not the polite bells and whistles like “Low Fuel” that can be fixed up at theRead More …


South Dakota Storms

Badlands National Park (2 of 4) Our first evening in the Badlands was sultry and sunny. But as the sun went down, one of South Dakota’s famous thunderstorms passed by to the north of Cedar Pass Lodge Campground. We were in the clear for a couple of hours, but intenseRead More …


An Oasis on the Plains

Palisades State Park – South Dakota Okay, so this isn’t a National Park, but on your own park adventures you’ll need places like this to stay on the way … Palisades State Park is a delightful surprise just over the border from Minnesota and east of Sioux Falls (near Garretson,Read More …


Pup – Pop – Pup

Introducing “Puppy” our New Camper! Like many camping families, we started in pup tents, moved to a pop-up, and have now graduated to a brand new 2016 Wolf Pup travel trailer that Laney has christened “Puppy.” After our St. Croix National Scenic Waterway triple-crown of calamities and a night ofRead More …


The Best Laid Plans O’ Mice and Men

St. Croix National Scenic Waterway Day 2 The great Scottish poet Robert Burns could have seen this one coming when he penned these lines … The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men           Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,           For promis’d joy! OnlyRead More …


The Adventure Has Begun!

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Day 1 After a few delays — a bit more time to pack for mom, followed by a stomach bug for dad — we have finally hit the road on our National Parks adventure. The Mighty Mackinaw Bridge was barely visible in the fog, but on aRead More …


First Visit with Future 4th Graders

We kicked off our “Every Kid in a Park” outreach on June 5th with a visit to Mrs. Hunt’s 3rd Grade Classroom at Shay Elementary School in Harbor Springs, Mich. Not so coincidentally, this is daughter Laney’s class. They were a bit confused by the khaki shorts and shirt IRead More …


Laney Goes to Washington

So, our daughter Laney got this in the mail the other day … In case it’s a little blurry on your browser, it says: THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON MAY 15, 2015 Laney ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Laney: Thanks for letting me know your family’s big plans for your time in fourthRead More …


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