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July 26, 2015 – 7:13 pm

We pulled into Kelly’s Brighton Marina at 7:20 on a Thursday morning. A marina with camping and RV sites, Kelly’s is a popular one-stop-shop destination for anyone interested in fishing or crabbing in the protected …

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Clamming on the Oregon Coast

July 26, 2015 – 7:13 pm

We pulled into Kelly’s Brighton Marina at 7:20 on a Thursday morning. A marina with camping and RV sites, Kelly’s is a popular one-stop-shop destination for anyone interested in fishing or crabbing in the protected …

What to do in Tillamook, Oregon if you Have Kids

July 21, 2015 – 4:53 pm

The official website for Tillamook County, Oregon says “Welcome to the land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze,” which is (by my estimation) a fairly accurate tagline. I recently drove all over Tillamook County with …

Visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory

July 19, 2015 – 8:53 am

Would you make a trip to Cawker City, Kansas without finding the world’s largest ball of twine? Or drive through Niagra Falls, New York without at least glimpsing at the water? The same goes for …

Oregon Coast: Rockaway Beach

July 18, 2015 – 2:23 pm
Kites on Beach

Situated fifty two miles south of Astoria, Oregon, Highway 101 runs through downtown Rockaway Beach. A lovely little seaside village perhaps best known for it’s annual Kite Festival, Rockaway Beach has lots to offer families.To …

Salem, Oregon: Enchanted Forest Theme Park

July 12, 2015 – 6:44 pm

Another entry in our “Exploring Oregon” series, we recently visited the Enchanted Forest theme park near Salem, Oregon. As the name Enchanted Forest might suggest, the theme park was built on the side of …

Oregon’s Most Awesome Fish Hatchery

July 5, 2015 – 1:50 pm

You heard me. Fish hatchery. To be honest, I have been to many fish hatcheries in my life, but only one in state of Oregon—the Willamette Fish Hatchery on the eastern edge of Oakridge.
In general, …

Five Fun Places to Eat Ice Cream in West Michigan

June 28, 2015 – 3:08 pm
Sherman's Cone Feature Photo

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime! To me, a West Michigan vacation is not complete until you have sand permanently in your shoes, have captured at least one firefly in a jar, and endured at least one ice …

Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing

June 22, 2015 – 7:46 pm
View Finder

Open to the public on June 6, we visited Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing earlier this week.
Affiliated with the Lakeshore Museum Center, the newest historic site has been under construction for some time. A …

Kid-Friendly Venues in Albany, Oregon

June 18, 2015 – 5:10 pm
The Pix Couches

With a population hovering around 50,000 Oregonians, Albany is one of the twenty most populous cities in the state. Named in honor of  Albany, New York, the Oregon counterpart has the largest variety of historical …

Oregon Coast: Neskowin Beach Ghost Forest

June 7, 2015 – 8:30 pm
Tree Stump in Tidepool

Our visit to the Neskowin Beach Ghost Forest was inspired by an Oregon geology exhibit at The Museum of Natural and Cultural History located on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

Consider this diagram:
Low tide …

Whimsical Midwestern Places

June 7, 2015 – 4:28 pm
Raven Hill Discovery Center

A bit like taking a trip down the rabbit hole, some of our best vacation photos were spent in the most random, eclectic, wonderful places. Inspired by artists, scientists, and authors, here are some of …

Tacky Tourism Photos Document Family Road Trip

June 4, 2015 – 9:24 am
Noodling at Mississippi River Museum

From bunny ears to duck lips, even the most seasoned road warrior will pose for a tacky tourist photo. Thoroughly documented by Roadside America, our country has no shortage of bizarre places to snap a …

Small Town Iowa Offers Big Vacation Fun

June 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm

Peppered with Main Streets and storefronts and the occasional horse and buggy, much of small-town Iowa still operates like something like out of a modern day Norman Rockwell painting.    From the Mississippi River bluffs to …

Lake Michigan Lighthouses

June 3, 2015 – 11:41 am

Roughly the size of West Virginia, many people think of Lake Michigan as more of a sea than a Great Lake. Connected to the Atlantic Ocean by a system of locks, canals, and channels along …

Road Trip Detour: Slowing Down and Seeing More

June 2, 2015 – 6:30 pm

To “road trip” is to experience a new or unfamiliar place in a way that involves all of the senses. Whether driving through one county or across the entire country, you’ll find diversity in flora, …

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, …

Touring the Missouri State Capitol Building

January 2, 2015 – 2:39 pm

Whenever our family passes through a state’s capital city, we like to stop and tour the capitol building. Free and open to the general public, most state capitol buildings offer guided tours (if you have …

Family Vacation in Helena, Montana

August 30, 2014 – 12:34 pm

When we told people we were going to Montana on a family vacation, most everyone asked us if we were going to Glacier National Park or to Yellowstone National Park. Opting for the road less …