The Great Lakes, The Fonz, More Bald Eagles, and New Friends

I was really looking forward to spending some time near the Great Lakes. Even though we told Rita and Charlie that these lakes are so big they look like seas, they still couldn’t believe it when they laid eyes on Lake Michigan. Our first visit to Bradford Beach in Milwaukee was ideal: the sun shining,…

South Dakota Dreaming

Compared to Nebraska, I felt more familiar with what we expected to see in South Dakota: the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the tourist attraction landmark of Wall Drug. Our expectations were exceeded: the beauty of the Black Hills, small towns with rich history, so much more to see…

Magical Bryce Canyon

Of all the National Parks we’ve been to so far, Bryce Canyon has had the biggest impact on me in terms of expectations vs. reality. I was familiar with photos of the red cliffs and unique rock formations, but honestly after being so impressed with Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon – all part of the same…