Camper Quest Part 6: First Road Trip

The last time I wrote about our upcoming trip I said we would be packing my TRAK folding kayak into the rear storage compartment of our new-to-us Winnebago View motorhome. However, days before our departure a friend offered use of a Yakima trailer for our trip. I jumped at his generous offer because it meant we could carry not only […]

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Camper Quest Part 3: Our First RV Rental

Well, our first RV rental experience has come and gone. And guess what … we didn’t hate it. In fact, we enjoyed it. A lot. As I mentioned last time, we’re exploring buying an RV so we used the website Outdoorsy.co to rent one. We flew to Southern California’s Orange County; chosen because it’s the home of our son, daughter-in-law […]

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Azure Window Collapses

It’s a sad day for the citizens of Malta and everyone who loves to visit this beautiful island country in the Mediterranean Sea. The famed Azure Window, a natural rock formation on the Maltese island of Gozo, collapsed this morning. Strong winds and high seas battered the coastline overnight and the arch succumbed to the inevitable forces of nature this […]

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Diving Adventures in Wisconsin

By Corine Smith, guest blogger Looking for the best places in Wisconsin for your next big adventure? Want to uncover a whole new world underwater or you just want to experience scuba diving or any other water sports? Whether you’re new to the state, this article will point you in the direction of the rightfully water adventures in Wisconsin. So […]

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When in Aruba, Dive with Clive

Friends of ours posted photos of their trip to Aruba this week so it reminded me of our trip there nearly four years ago. Coincidentally our friends are diving with the same shop we used — Dive Aruba. What follows are photos and video I shot and a review I posted on TripAdvisor back in March of 2013. Diving with […]

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Birth of a Creek

We were in Orange County, California this past weekend with a couple of free hours; time enough for a morning hike. A Google search of nearby trails led us to Santiago Oaks Regional Park, a 1,269-acre oasis of semi-wilderness in the midst of SoCal’s urban sprawl. This secluded refuge offers hikers, bikers and equestrians the natural charm of mountain vistas, […]

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Island Hopping on Lake Michigan

This past weekend I paddled and camped a portion of what might one day be America’s newest national park. There’s an effort underway to place The Grand Traverse Islands — — islands and some surrounding mainland from Wisconsin’s Door County to Upper Michigan’s Garden Peninsula — under control of the National Park Service. You can click this link to learn […]

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Hiking Gozo’s Coastline

Please allow one last post from Gozo, then I promise to shut up about this place… at least until I’m able to return to this beautiful Mediterranean island. Today I’m remembering the wonderful 17-mile journey along the western and northern coast of Gozo that we hiked on April 29, 2015. As I reported in my post about our diving experience, […]

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