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Free state parks!

I love checking out State Parks, National Parks, National Forests etc.  Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, geocaching, photography, wildlife viewing…they have it all!  I grew up in Illinois and their state parks were always free to visit.  When I… Continue Reading →

An afternoon in Winnipeg

We’re staying 2 hours south of Winnipeg, Manitoba for 3-4 weeks for work so since we’re in the neighborhood….let’s go to Winnipeg! We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and left around 4:30 pm.  Not a lot of time and I didn’t… Continue Reading →

Camping North Dakota 9/23/17

We just made a week-long journey through North Dakota on our way to our next job in Minnesota.  I’ve only driven through North Dakota once in my lifetime and that was 15 years ago.  I only remember it was really… Continue Reading →

Camping at Pactola Lake, SD

So you want the scoop on camping at Pactola? I feel like somewhat of an expert on this subject because I have been a camp host at Pactola Lake Campground for the past four months. So let me give you… Continue Reading →

Bike riding the Mickelson trail, Dumont to Hill City, SD

All summer I’ve wanted to bike a section of the 109 mile long Mickelson trail. Why not when you’re spending the whole summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota! I did some research and decided that the section from… Continue Reading →

How to use points at two All-inclusives in Montego Bay Jamaica

I had the great opportunity of going to Montego Bay Jamaica and splitting a week between two all inclusive resorts, both on award points.  After writing individual reviews, I had friends asking…“how can I do that?”  If you’re interested in staying… Continue Reading →

Review:  Hyatt Zilara, adult only all inclusive resort, Montego Bay Jamaica

Formerly the Ritz Carlton, this property is now actually two five star Hyatt all-inclusive resorts, the family friendly Ziva and the adult only Zilara.  We spent three nights on the adult only Zilara side which comprises 234 guest rooms including swim… Continue Reading →

Review:  Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica – all inclusive

Located just 10 minutes from the Montego Bay’s Sangster Intl  Airport is the three star Holiday Inn Resort.  There are 8 different hotel room buildings housing 518 guestrooms featuring standard rooms up to one bedroom suites and kids suites.  There… Continue Reading →

What it’s like when traveling from a small airport

I live in a rural area.  Our town population is around 8000.  The closest bigger town is only 23000 people and over an hour away.  We are lucky to have a small airport literally two miles from where I live…. Continue Reading →

3 nights in El Dorado, Arkansas

We decided to head down to El Dorado in southern Arkansas to visit Jerry’s brother John and his wife Corina and hopefully to find some warmth!   It was only in the 30-40’s there too until our last day, Sunday,… Continue Reading →

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