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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina February 13th 2019

Yesterday after enjoying the waves and rainbows from our lanai all morning and enjoying a nice breakfast cooked by Marilyn, we worked up the energy to go down to the pool and lie around there soaking up some sun. I guess we deserved a lazy day. The weather was gorgeous, 78 and sunny, nice for lying around. The big motivation for this day was to go to downtown Lahaina for dinner at the original Cheeseburger in Paradise. Lahaina is an old, historic whaling town and picturesque. We sat upstairs in the open air with a great view of the old whaling docks and sea. The next day Dan and I had a tee time at the Kapalua Golf Course and Marilyn and Jan were going to do a zipline. We had a great breakfast at the ... read more
Jan Waving
Zip Line Pull

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui February 12th 2019

Everything went just fine on our flight here, but once we got here, things took a slight turn for the worse. No big deal, just minor annoyances. Enough to make you wonder if this was not going to be a real good vacation. After checking in to our resort, we headed to the supermarket to buy some provisions. We then headed to Java Jazz for dinner. Dan, Marilyn and Jan went inside and when I was getting out of the Nissan Armada ( a very nice SUV) The guy in a pickup truck next to me says "Did she have to hit my car so hard with that door?" I thought, what is he talking about? Jan got out on his side. I've never seen her bang a door into a vehicle. And I never heard ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Orland Park February 10th 2019

Tomorrow early morning we depart O'Hare airport for Maui with Dan & Marilyn Flaherty, our traveling buddies. Thankfully, United reinstated their non-stop flight from Chicago to Kahului airport on Maui. That eliminates a layover in Honolulu for an extra hour or two. It's a long flight (about 8 hours from Chicago), but well worth it once you get there. It will be a welcome break from winter. ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Land O' Lakes January 31st 2019

I'm sure everyone is tired of the cold by now since it has really clobbered all of the Midwest. But, again it was -25 last night in Land O' Lakes. Have to pass on what the owner of Bauer's Dam, Donna, said yesterday; "Polar Vortex my butt. This is what we used to call winter." This is very true of the weather way up here. Sub zero temperatures are kind of the norm over the years here. It was going to be a little warmer today with a high of -5 forecast. We saddled up and headed down the trail around 10:30 with the temperature still -18. At least there was very little wind. We were dressed for it with thermal underwear, warm pants, 3 layers on top, super warm boots, very good snowmobile bib pants ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Land O' Lakes January 30th 2019

The temperature got down to -25 last night with a wind chill of -54. Not as cold as Orland Park, IL, though. There it was -27! We were in no hurry to get on the trails this morning since it was forecast to be the coldest day this week with a high of -10. We decided we would take short rides to pit stops and warm up. We didn't leave until about noon. We rode from the Gateway to a very nice bar/restaurant on Big Twin Lake. It was a 16 mile ride there. We had a nice lunch there and then rode another 10 miles over to Bauer's Dam on Buckatabon Lake in Conover, WI. After relaxing there with some coffee, we rode back to the Gateway, a ride of 20 miles. All totaled, we ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Land O' Lakes January 29th 2019

Well, everyone knows the middle of the country is in a deep freeze and it's even colder here in the north woods of Wisconsin. It got down to -14 degrees last night about 8:00 PM when we went to dinner at Brew's Pub in Land O' Lakes. The forecast high for the day was right around zero, so we thought we would ride in Wisconsin instead of Michigan because the trails are in the woods and twisty, which keeps you warmer. The pit stops are closer together in Wisconsin also. We were going to ride with both Pat and Dawn Keefe and met them at a trail intersection about 7 miles southwest of town. The Frosty Club in Land O' Lakes groomed the trails again last night and they were nice and smooth. All of the ... read more
Sayner Pub
Burnt Bridge
Gateway Fireplace

North America » United States » Michigan » Ontonagon January 28th 2019

This is Michael's third trip here for snowmobiling, so he's seen quite a large part of the geography here, from 170 miles north to 180 miles east to 80 miles west. He had not been to this very scenic place before, so we decided to ride there today. The destination was Lake of the Clouds near Lake Superior southwest of the town of Ontonagon. It's located in the Porcupine Mountains along the Lake Superior shore. It would be a rather long ride, but we chose to do it today because we're in the middle of a deep freeze this week and Monday was forecast to be the warmest day of the week. Yeah, it was forecast to be a high of 6 degrees. We first rode to Pat & Dawn Keefe's home on Lindsley Lake, part ... read more
At the Hoop & Holler
At Lake of the Clouds
Lake of the Clouds

North America » United States » Illinois » Orland Park January 26th 2019

Today Michael is flying to Chicago from La Guardia in New York. This will be his third trip to snowmobile northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We drive from Chicago to Land O' Lakes, WI tomorrow and start snowmobiling on Monday. It's going to be the coldest week so far this winter up there with overnight lows in the 20-30 below zero range and highs in the low single digits during the day. The trails are reported to be in very good shape so the only thing to hold us back might be the cold, but we're tough old guys. Here's a picture of a high flying Michael back in the 80's.... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Orland Park October 18th 2018

When I awoke around 7 AM, there was an inch of snow on Rita and the temperature was 27 degrees. Although it didn't look like anything was sticking to the pavement, I didn't want to take the chance that I might encounter some ice on the highways. So I hung around the Gateway about as long as I could and decided to get on the road at 11:00 AM. The weather forecast for home was a high of 51, but the temps were going to drop to the high 20's at night so I didn't want to wait so long that I would run into those temps at the end of the ride. So I knocked the snow off the bike, saddled up, checked out of the lodge and headed south on US 45. The road ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Land O' Lakes October 14th 2018

Today I made a fairly uneventful but enjoyable ride from Big Bay to the Gateway Lodge in Land O' Lakes right on the Wisconsin/Michigan border. I stopped in for a beer at Hoppy's about 40 miles from Land O' Lakes. I was hoping the owner, Jane, would be there so I could say hi, but she wasn't in because it is Sunday. All day it was in the upper 30's. When I arrived at The Gateway Lodge: it was snowing pretty heavily. It's supposed to go down to 24 tonight. Yikes.... read more
View From My Room at the Thunder Bay Inn
Hoppy's-Kenton, MI

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