Big Trees: Iron Creek Trail and Spearfish Canyon

Our first full day in the northern Black Hills was dedicated to driving the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive and hiking for a few hours in Iron Creek Canyon. Driving south from the town… Continue reading

The Magic of the 100th Meridian: Byebye Humidity, Hello Badlands

In the late 19th century, explorer John Wesley Powell wrote at length about the dividing line that separates the humid growth of the eastern U.S. from the arid sparsely-vegetated land of the west.… Continue reading

Franconia Sculpture Park

Our visit to Franconia Sculpture Park came about after we passed a sign en route to Minneapolis. Though we had a full weekend planned we immediately decided we’d come back on our last… Continue reading

Wild Rivers Habitat Build in Luck, Wisconsin: Weeks 3 and 4

We began week 3 of working on Callie and Adan’s house with a new, slightly-smaller crew and a fully-dried in house to work with. Our goal for the next 2 weeks was to… Continue reading

Weekend in Minneapolis

After we finished our second week of building in Wisconsin we packed a couple bags and headed to Minneapolis for the weekend. Neither Tom or I had been there before but Tom had… Continue reading

Local Explorations of the St. Croix Falls Area: The Ice Age Trail, Boat Tour of the Wisconsin Dalles, and the Potholes Trail in Interstate Park

Though we were building in the small town of Luck we camped at the fairgounds in the town of St. Croix Falls, 15 miles to the south. Lucky for us the campground was… Continue reading

Wild Rivers Habitat Build in Luck, Wisconsin: Weeks 1 and 2

After leaving Teri and Grey’s we headed to our next Habitat build in Luck, Wisconsin. After the affiliate was left without a construction supervisor Care-a-vanners Bill and France were asked to manage the… Continue reading

7 Kinds of Mushrooms, 5 Waterfalls, 3 Happy Dogs, 1 Bullfrog, Tons of Thimbleberries, Way Lots of Mud, and an Ungodly Amount of Mosquitos: Hiking the North Country Trail to Black River Harbor

As I mentioned in my last post, we spent our first day with Teri and Grey hiking a segment of the North Country Trail. This 6 mile (one way) section cuts through mature… Continue reading

Visiting Teri and Grey in the UP and Some Northwoods Adventures

Our destination after crossing the border from Ontario was Marquette, Michigan where Tom’s cousin Ken and wife Geri live. We visited them 3 summers ago when we did our tour of Lake Superior… Continue reading

Waterfall Heaven: Chutes Provincial Park

Chutes was our last stop in Ontario before crossing back into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The small park contains the section of the Aux Sables River that runs through a series of… Continue reading