Grand Haven, Michigan

Discover Michigan! As with our two-stop trip in the town of St. Joseph, we also stopped twice in the town of Grand Haven. Located north of St. Joe, Grand Haven is exactly what its name would lead you to believe. Read more

St. Joseph, Michigan

Let's go to Michigan! During our latest little road trip around the U.S., we went to Michigan not once, but twice! We went up there to visit friends and hang out, but we also went back with my parents to show them how nice the western coast of the state is. And on our way to other places, we stopped by the small, lakeside resort town of St. Joseph. This gorgeous beachside community is home to...

Garden of the Gods, Illinois

Hi! Not to be confused with other parks of the same name, this particular Garden of the Gods is located in the very southern part of Illinois, a designated Wilderness Area of the Shawnee National Forest. Did you know there is a national forest in Illinois? I bet you didn't! I didn't, anyway. This national forest covers 280,000 acres (1,100 sq. km.), and is the largest publicly-owned area of...

Paducah, Kentucky

I have never in my life heard someone say, "Let's go visit Paducah, Kentucky." I haven't even heard, "I've been to Paducah." So sad, really. This city of 25,000 in southwestern Kentucky, located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, has got it goin' on, and I'm here to tell you about it. Read more

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Welcome to Chattanooga! After a couple of weeks in Western North Carolina, it was time for us to move on, and we chose to head west to Chattanooga for a week. This city in far-southwest Tennessee is small, but it's gaining quite a big reputation. It was the first city in the U.S. to offer gigabit internet, and it was also chosen as the best city to live in by Outside magazine a few years ago. ...

Western North Carolina: Maggie Valley

We can't get enough of Western North Carolina! As you can see from our other North Carolina posts, we spent quite a lot of time here. We just love, love, love it. What we haven't done yet is show you where our main base of operations was! During all of these little day trips, we had to be coming from somewhere, right? I mean, in theory - and in practicality - we had to be sleeping somewhere....

Western North Carolina: Lake Junaluska

More from North Carolina! We spent a couple weeks in the region, so we surely have lots to show you. Today, we swing by Lake Junaluska. This 'town' is north of Waynesville and west of Asheville, and is actually home to the World Methodist Council and its massive Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. While there are private homes all around the lake, the United Methodist Church's...

Play With Us

Play with us.All work and no play makes you and us some dull kids. So, let’s get together and have some fun! Want to have a drink? Are you a local? Are you a traveler? Are you a blogger? Heck, are you a person? Better yet, a nice person? Super. Send us an email or contact us on social media if you’re going to be wherever we are at any given time, and we’ll get together for a...

Western North Carolina: Bryson City and Sylva

We couldn't get enough of Western North Carolina. So, have some more Western North Carolina! We actually spent quite a while here - albeit not as long as we originally planned - so while we didn't get to everything, we sure got to see a lot. And two of those towns we visited on day trips from our base in Maggie Valley were the towns of Bryson City and Sylva. These small mountain towns are held...

Western North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway

As we traveled around Appalachia, we inevitably stumbled across the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. Our first sight of it was in Roanoke, Virginia, but we didn't actually get on it until we were in North Carolina. Known for its winding roads and amazing views, the parkway travels just under 500 miles in Virginia and North Carolina. Both sides of the highway are managed and owned by the National Park...