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North America » United States » Indiana September 18th 2023

Indiana Dunes National Park is a treasure in northwestern Indiana. We enjoyed hiking a dune and walking a beach. The Indiana Dunes is home to one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the nation. There are 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, dunes, wetlands, prairies, and old-growth forests. A place to enjoy outdoor adventures of all kinds! We boondocked at Dunewood Campground in the Indiana Dunes National Park. The sites were surrounded by trees, very peaceful.... read more
Enjoying the dunes
View of the Lake Michigan beach
Beach on Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park

North America » United States » Indiana July 27th 2023

I love typing out that title! Indiana Dunes is officially a national park! I grew up going to the Indiana Dunes, as the dunes are a common beach destination for people living in the Chicago area. We always went to the state park and camped if we were staying overnight. The Gatehouse is still there and has restrooms and some snack food. On either side of the state park used to be a national lakeshore. In February 2019, it became a national park! The national park makes a U shape around the state park, with most of it on the east side of the state park. To the west of the state park, there is still some private development and even a steel mill, so those sections of the national park aren't as nice. I recommend ... read more
Tolleston Dunes
Indiana Dunes National Park - Porter Beach
Indiana Dunes National Park - Porter Beach

North America » United States » Indiana March 29th 2023

MOAB TO RICHMOND INDIANA THE BASICS It was rather cool and rainy in Moab. We had beern to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. previously, so we didn’t go this time. Our next stop was in Grand Junction Colorado, where snow forecasts forced us to cut our stay short because Monarch Mountain could be a problem getting to Salida. We were in Salida for seven days, thoroughly enjoying time spent with Deborah, Daisy, and Susie’s family. And then we headed east. Stops in Hasty CO State Park, Dodge City, Wichita, Columbia MO, and Richmond, IN followed days filled mostly with driving. THE FLUFF Really our best memory of Moab this trip was our exit. We headed north on the eastern bank of the Colorado River, which is absolutely gorgeous with camping areas galore along the river among ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Fort Wayne September 22nd 2022

In Fort Wayne, we boondocked at Cedar Creek Farm which was stocked with pumpkins, mums and apples for Halloween. We bought a cauliflower the size of your head. Dee and Wayne Johnson, missionaries we financially supported for decades, hosted us for dinner at their home. Before we left town the next morning, Safelite repaired a chip in our RV windshield in the westside Walmart parking lot.... read more
Mums
Cedar Creek

North America » United States » Indiana » Madison September 9th 2021

Crossing the Ohio was a milestone. I felt the Midwest taking shape, defined by the river, invisible to the eye but always present. Parkersburg was large and surprisingly industrial. Barges traveled the waterway. A huge lock lined the Eastern Shore. I felt I was moving into new territory. The road gradually flattened and the forests diminished as I drove West, still in the Alleghenies. Half way to Cincinnati I came upon the town of Chillicothe, former capital of Ohio back when it first became a state in 1803. The Europeans who settled there in the late 18thcentury chose a central location that had already been favored by the local Native American tribes from 500 BCE, over 2000 years ago. The mounds of the Hopewell and other peoples who lived there all that long ago, are a ... read more
Checking my visibility on the road
Not my style
The Seip Mounds of the Hopewell

North America » United States » Indiana » Indianapolis April 3rd 2021

From 2014 I went to the Final Four in Dallas two years (2014) ago. I went to a previous Final Four in Los Angeles back in 1972. This mega event, as you can read below, has morphed into an event bigger than anything else in collegiate athletics. And it is even more special this year. My California Golden Bears made the tournament as the fourth seed (and lost). And my adopted Fresno State Bulldogs made their first "Big Dance" since 2001 (and lost), by winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. This year's Final Four should be bigger and better than ever! During last year's shutdown due to the pandemic, the NCAA basketball tournament was not held, hence no Final Four. The many men and women who play college basketball missed out on the ... read more
Springsteen concert in Reunion Park
Boss and JFK

North America » United States » Indiana December 1st 2020

I grew up in Indiana and have returned here during winter break from grad school. Being grounded for so long has made me look back on my travels, and I decided it's time for me to create a virtual scrapbook of all the amazing places I've visited. In the future, I want to also record places I want to travel and start building future itineraries for when I travel again. I am always looking forward to the next stamp in my passport!... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Evansville August 29th 2020

There wasn’t much else to do but to leave. We’d seen every property that looked like a possibility. The chances of new possibilities coming on the market were decreasing with summer’s end, and would grow ever sparser as winter set in. The market was now fairly tapped out, and we’d reached the end of our planned journey, and we were exhausted, and needed to get home. We just didn’t have another showing in us. And besides, we’d found our place. That place in Whitehall we’d seen early on, that place we saw again two days ago, that place we’d quite liked the first time, we’d fallen in love with the second time. It checked all of our boxes and then some. It was in a beautiful spot. And so there was little else to do but ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Indianapolis August 23rd 2020

The "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will now take place on Sunday, August 23, instead of the traditional Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. But I will look forward to the race, as it brings back some wonderful memories. This article is from 2010. About the only change is that about half of the engines are Chevrolets, half are still Hondas. And of the top nine qualifiers, eight are Honda engines! The start of the race is a powerful and exciting event, 33 high powered engines, revving up to about 230 mph, 3 racers wide, 11 rows. The noise is deafening, ear plugs must be worn, the vibration shakes the grandstands and your soul, as the crowd noise tries to match the roar of engines. No matter how hard I try, I cannot imagine ... read more
My brother Bob, and I at the 500
Indy 500 Parade
Exciting race day

North America » United States » Indiana » South Bend November 2nd 2019

Since I’m doing more on this trip than just college football, I’m dividing it into two parts. The first will be all about the football gameday experience (and getting there). The second part will talk about all the stuff I did on my way back home, since I had a couple of days to be a tourist before I had to be back home. So let me say that Notre Dame has been a favorite of mine for as long as I’ve been following college football. I know people say they’re always overrated, and in the past few years in the world of UGA fanhood, it’s become the norm to trash-talk Notre Dame. We did beat them both times in the past three years, so the trash-talk is warranted, on some level. But when it comes ... read more
every college needs to do this
View down to the Main Building, aka the Golden Dome
Golden Dome + Vatican flag




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