Antsy McClain (GA) – June 2014

Antsy McClain opened for Tommy Emmanuel tonight at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points – two great performances.  Antsy was solo (without the Trailer Park Troubadours) and played about a 30 minute set. Antsy (second from left) is a great performer – and a really nice guy (picture of us with friends and Antsy… Read More Antsy McClain (GA) – June 2014

Fallingwater (PA) – June 2014

Fallingwater, the house designed and built about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar Kaufmann in 1935 is a stunning example of form and function that blends into the environment. Pictures are not allowed inside the home, but the tour is fascinating, and the design of the interior and exterior of… Read More Fallingwater (PA) – June 2014

Concrete Canoe (PA) – June 2014

The 2014 Concrete Canoe National competition was hosted at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ), and the paddling competition was held at the Quemahoning Reservoir nearby, a beautiful venue. We were of course rooting for the Michigan Tech team since our son is on that team, but there were teams from all over the… Read More Concrete Canoe (PA) – June 2014

Smoky Mountains NP (TN) – June 2014

Note:  Sorry, this is not a new post, just fixing a broken link to an old post from back in 2014.  Still, pretty cool to look back! Up for a long weekend at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, camped at the Elkmont campground with a site right on the river.  While physically located near Gatlinburg,… Read More Smoky Mountains NP (TN) – June 2014

Fort Desoto CP (FL) – May 2014

One of our favorite campgrounds ever, Fort DeSoto County Park is the perfect getaway near St. Petersburg, FL, particularly if you like nature, camping, kayaking, beaches, biking… you get the picture. Went out this morning and paddled right alongside porpoises, and saw all kinds of bird wildlife, including an Ospree. Yesterday I was paddling side… Read More Fort Desoto CP (FL) – May 2014

Masters Tournament (GA) – April 2014

I “won the lottery” by being awarded the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. I participated in this once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the practice round on Tuesday. Is this place stunning or what? And steeped in tradition and history. I couldn’t even begin to describe… Read More Masters Tournament (GA) – April 2014

Concrete Canoe (IL) – June 2013

We made the trek to the University of Illinois Urbana to see our son Drew and the Concrete Canoe team from Michigan Tech. Awesome event! These kids design, build and decorate concrete canoes that have to float (duh) and perform out on the water. Really impressive! National finalists from far flung schools such as University… Read More Concrete Canoe (IL) – June 2013

Oscar Scherer SP (FL) – Jan 2014

Like every other Florida State Park we have been to, Oscar Scherer State Park is terrific. Located in a fairly densely populated area between Venice and Sarasota on the Florida gulf coast, you would never know you were camped in an urban area. Hiking, bike trails, kayaking – awesome. We watched a parent bald eagle… Read More Oscar Scherer SP (FL) – Jan 2014

ABQ Balloon Fiesta (NM) – Oct 2013

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is another one of those events where words are superfluous. Attached are a few shots out of literally hundreds – each one better than the next. We were fortunate to join in the Airstream group and as such were parked for the weekend right next to the field where the balloons… Read More ABQ Balloon Fiesta (NM) – Oct 2013

Grand Canyon North (AZ) – Oct 2013

What can you possibly say about the Grand Canyon that either hasn’t already been said or simply doesn’t need to be said? We arrived at the North Rim campground 6 hours before the government shutdown, so the next morning the rangers came around and told us we needed to vacate within 48 hours. Fortunate for… Read More Grand Canyon North (AZ) – Oct 2013

Capitol Reef NP (UT) – Sept 2013

Capitol Reef NP (Capitol Reef National Park) really unique in that while the national park is stunningly gorgeous with intricate rock formations, at its center is a lush valley replete with rushing streams and a canopy of trees and fruit trees from when the Mormons developed orchards of apples and other fruit. We happened to… Read More Capitol Reef NP (UT) – Sept 2013

Canyonlands NP (UT) – Sept 2013

For anyone who has traveled to the western national parks, you already know that most of them are comprised of breathtaking views, and Canyonlands National Park is no exception. Canyonlands National Park We traveled off road on some of the 4 wheel trails. They are more than a little intimidating;  I would have preferred to… Read More Canyonlands NP (UT) – Sept 2013