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Ode to the Great American Road Trip

Car packed for a road trip in California #minivanlife With life returning to a new normal as Covid19 becomes more endemic and regional restrictions ease up, more folks are heading out on vacations. Some families are taking vacations that had been postponed as a result of the pandemic, while others are embracing a slower pace… Continue reading Ode to the Great American Road Trip

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Missouri State Parks: Table Rock Dam and the Hatchery

Table Rock Dam My idea of a fun day typically involves some kind of outdoor activity- usually a hike or a water activity like swimming or kayaking. Visiting a museum and seeing the local wildlife is icing on the proverbial cake. On our last day in Branson, we visited a couple spots where one could… Continue reading Missouri State Parks: Table Rock Dam and the Hatchery

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The Ozarks

Family business of a sort took us to the Midwest via Atlanta this past week. After a redeye flight from Los Angeles, and its morning connector- flights that I admittedly did not want to be on- we landed in Springfield, Missouri. The unwillingness to travel by this travel blogger will be a different story for… Continue reading The Ozarks

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Culture and Fun in the Windy City

The Field Museum Chicago is my kind of town. With it's electric energy, close proximity to the scenic Lake Michigan, and plenty of green spaces, it's a great place to visit. There is no shortage of amusements when staying in the Windy City, and I'll share just a few of the ones we were able… Continue reading Culture and Fun in the Windy City

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Deep Dished in Chicago

I thought it a good thing that we walked so much on this vacation because I ate so much!  Chicago has no shortage of good eats- from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to desserts and spirits- there's something delicious for all times of day. Here are just a few of the places where we dined on… Continue reading Deep Dished in Chicago