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2022 North & North Again

Augmented Cahokia

Augmented Cahokia

On our first visit to Cahokia Mounds State Park near Collinsville, Illinois, across the river from St Louis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we were so impressed with the importance of this site we chose to join the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society to support ongoing...

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Long and Winding Road

Long and Winding Road

Today has been a comedy of errors. Our plan had been to visit Cahokia then head on to our campsite near Carlyle, Illinois. All that would have been about four hours of driving. But as we were preparing to leave Fisherman’s Corner COE Campground near Moline, Illinois...

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Stuckey’s

Stuckey’s

Last night we enjoyed our stay at Dam East-McNair Campground, near Carlyle, Illinois remembering our 2016 stay at Dam West, on the other end of the dam. So today's journey was a trek across the Illinois from just east of the Mississippi River to just over the Ohio...

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Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

“Build it and they will come.” It's the theme of the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams which we watched shortly after our teenaged son read W.P. Kinsella's novel, Shoeless Joe. Through the years we've rewatched this film quite a few times fascinated with the historical...

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds Video The 10:30AM Ranger led Fire Point Hike at Effigy Mounds National Monument near Harper's Ferry, Iowa was well worth the effort to leave our campsite early this morning. Located adjacent to Iowa's section of the Great River Road overlooking the...

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Paddling Across

Paddling Across

Together we’ve crossed the Mississippi River countless times via bridges. A few years ago at Lake Itasca we did it across stepping stones. Today Karen did it on a stand up paddle board! Ever since our first experience trying a stand up paddle board in Wisconsin, Karen...

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Bluegrass on Prairie Island

Bluegrass on Prairie Island

As we left the Minneapolis-St Paul area we deliberately avoided the urban section of the Great River Road and instead skirted the Twin Cities to the south and east to Hastings where we picked up the scenic road again. As the road meandered along the west bank of the...

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Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling

Today’s adventure yielded so much more than we ever expected even from a Minnesota Historical Society site. The human history at what became Fort Snelling here at the confluence of the Minnesota and the Mississippi Rivers began at least 10,000 years ago according to...

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The Falls of St Anthony

The Falls of St Anthony

Despite misgivings about venturing into the traffic of a metropolitan area, we headed into the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After finding a garage parking site (We love the ParkMobile app) and breakfasting at the nearby Farmers Kitchen + Bar, we walked the short...

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River Road: From Rural to Urban

River Road: From Rural to Urban

Today's adventure has been another day of driving The Great River Road starting from the hamlet of Palisade along back roads. It felt a bit like a trip through time when the route took us on dirt roads through farmland with old and weathered farm buildings. Along with...

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Planning a trip? Dreaming of travel? Perhaps some of our adventures could inspire yours! Over the last several years we’ve had the distinct pleasure of many cross country journeys traveling though the Lower 48 in tents and our various teardrop campers as well as an amazing Alaska adventure that did not involve a camper.

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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.