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Located about ten miles south of modern day Tucson, Arizona is the Mission San Xavier. Built upon the ruins of the original mission, the building was constructed between the years 1783-1797 and it remains the …

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The Little Village Farm, Trent, South Dakota

August 24, 2015 – 7:00 am
Photo Credit: www.prairieviewimagery.com

The Little Village Farm-turned-museum is a place where people can visit to see pieces of the rural past – big and small – in rural South Dakota.
A Collection of Eleven Barns! 
Jim Lacey, Trent, South Dakota, …

An Afternoon at Portland’s Oregon Zoo

July 28, 2015 – 8:16 pm
zoo entrance

Located in the heart of Portland’s beloved Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo is a 64-acre complex housing five major exhibit areas and over two hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.
Home to …

Hiking the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

June 29, 2015 – 3:31 pm
View from Platform

Continuing our exploration of the Oregon Coast, this past weekend’s road trip brought us to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a 40-mile stretch of sand dunes located to the north of Reedsport and the south …

Albany Carousel, Albany, Oregon

June 11, 2015 – 11:35 am

Located at 503 1st Avenue on the Western edge of downtown historic Albany, Oregon is the Historic Carousel & Museum—a building scheduled to be demolished in about three years. And when this happens, the Albany …

Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon

June 8, 2015 – 6:40 pm
Types of Light

Today is the 2015 World Oceans Day and it only seems fitting to write a bit about our recent trip to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Affiliated with Oregon State University, HMSC …

Exploring the Oregon Coast

May 30, 2015 – 2:26 pm
View from Heceta

New residents of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, we’re enamored by the Pacific Ocean. About a one-hour drive from our new house, we’re venturing out from Florence, Oregon.
Here are some of our initial favorites.
Devil’s Churn …

Central Oregon Hot Springs: Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens

May 30, 2015 – 1:44 pm
Upper Camp Site

Balknap Hot Springs is one of three Central Oregon hot springs within an easy one-hour drive of Eugene. Located on the McKenzie River, the springs were discovered and initially developed by R.S. Belknap in 1869. …

Road Trip to America’s Largest Sea Lion Cave

May 30, 2015 – 1:31 pm
Sea Lion Cave Verticle

Follow Highway 101 eleven miles north of downtown Florence, Oregon and you’ll find yourself on top of America’s largest sea lion cave.
The site of Sea Lion Caves, a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary, …

Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights

February 22, 2013 – 9:40 am
Sunset Beach, Cape May, NJ

Most people don’t consider visiting the Jersey shore in the winter. But I’m here to suggest that winter is a fantastic time to hit the beach.
Morning run along the beach.
First of all, I’m a big …

Labyrinths in Madison, Wisconsin

November 10, 2012 – 6:17 pm
Deer Park Buddhist Center

Constructed around the world in various materials, shapes, and sizes, labyrinths are man-made paths that twist and turn in maze-like ways. Used for contemplation, reflection, and spiritual awareness, we’ve started to notice labyrinths on our …

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

September 12, 2012 – 7:04 pm
River Ride

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Midwest has a hidden gem in the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Visiting the museum on a family …

Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

September 3, 2012 – 1:14 pm

Our curiosities piqued by Barry Adams’ story in the Wisconsin State Journal, On Wisconsin: Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan Brings Storybooks to Life, we set out from Madison this past weekend to see what the fuss …

Lake Michigan Beaches: Duck Lake State Park

July 24, 2012 – 6:00 am
Duck Lake 5w

Located about thirty minutes north of downtown Muskegon, Michigan is Duck Lake State Park. Considered a day use park (as in, hiking, skiing, fishing, picnicking, but no camping), Duck Lake State Park is spread out …

Top 10 Ways to “Picture Yourself in a Park” During National Park Week 2012

April 21, 2012 – 7:05 pm

National Park Week 2012  is April 21-29 and courtesy of the National Park Service come these suggestions for enjoying the parks this week. With nearly 400 national parks — and FREE admission all week long, …