Travel Thursday – Chicago, IL

How is it possible I have never posted about this trip to Chicago or really looked through all of the photos I took?  I guess I thought I would eventually get around to it, but I never expected it to be 3.5 years later. During my son’s spring break in 2013, we decided to venture…

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Travel Thursday – Washington Township Park Avon, IN

As the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us in the US, I would like to share a local place for Travel Thursday.  Typically we are headed to Michigan to enjoy Turkey Day with Shane’s awesome family.  However, this year we have decided to stay local & enjoy the holiday in our cabin in the woods.  Just…

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Travel Thursday – Ohio Bird Sanctuary

If you ever find yourself near Lexington, Ohio, I have a suggestion for you.  While you are there, check out the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.  In 2010, we stumbled upon this place while taking a break from the Mid-Ohio sports car road course.  We were in need of something to do that was not race related.…

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Travel Thursday – Pine Hill Nature Preserve

Pine Hills Nature Preserve is located about an hour and fifteen minutes west of downtown Indianapolis, IN.  Some say it could be Indiana’s best-kept secret.  Now that the entrance is located within Shades State Park that may not last.  We heard about it from a friend several years ago.  I have visited in both the…

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Travel Thursdays – Badlands National Park

The geological landscape of the Badlands National Park is worth the stop if you find yourself traveling through South Dakota.  For us, this would be our last stop during our six-week trip out west.  As our trip neared the end we only had a couple of hours to tour this lovely park.  The day was…

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Travel Thursday – Mt. Rushmore

While driving through South Dakota on our trek back to Indiana, we almost passed up Mount Rushmore.  After visiting this iconic sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, I am glad we made the stop.  We spent a couple of hours touring the museum and grounds.  My Nikon was at the ready, of…

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Travel Thursday – An enjoyable traffic jam!

While traveling through South Dakota, we attempted & failed to find camping in Custer State Park. They were full for the day.  The park ranger was kind enough to direct us out and on to our next stop, Mt. Rushmore. On our way to Mt. Rushmore we encountered a traffic jam unlike any I have…

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Travel Thursday – Prairie Dog Town @ Devils Tower

My last Travel Thursday post promised a separate post on these cute little guys, the prairie dogs of Devils Tower. On our way out of Devils Tower, we had to stop at prairie dog town. This was quite an unexpected treat. There alongside the road is an entire “town” of prairie dogs. Here they have…

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Travel Thursday – Devils Tower, Wyoming

As you drive through the prairies of eastern Wyoming, Devils Tower looms over the countryside like nature’s version of a skyscraper. What an interesting and unique formation.  This place is held sacred by many of the local Indian tribes and to many of them, it is known as Bears Lodge.  As the nation’s first national…

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Travel Thursday – Grand Tetons

With a week left of our 6 week trip out west, our stay at the Grand Tetons was short but memorable.   After spending 5 days in Glacier National Park, we needed a day to shower, do laundry and stock up on supplies.  After taking care of the essentials, it was time for happy hour…

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