The Denali Road Lottery – Denali National Park

Denali National Park is hard to explain in words. It is huge, gorgeous, natural, thrilling, amazing…. I hear the words “once in a lifetime” connected to Denali pretty often. But after being there, I really hope that isn’t true. It is a place I want to visit over and over. I think that’s how a […]

Centennial Lakes in Edina, Minnesota

Besides being beautiful in the summer, Minneapolis is logistically an interesting city. In most cities I’m familiar with, there is a large city with small suburbs and it can only be described as sprawl. Minneapolis proper is actually pretty small, and it is ringed by smaller suburb cities. Those smaller suburb cities are surrounded by […]

A Visit to Greenville Cypress Preserve in Mississippi

The Mississippi River Delta ecosystem is an interesting place, teeming with life. While the people of the area have a vibrant culture and rich history, the plants and animals are worth spending time with as well. One of the most unique urban parks we’ve ever visited is the Mississippi Cypress Preserve in Greenville, Mississippi. We drove out […]

Why Go to Ireland? Kiss the Blarney Stone in Shamrock, Texas

Back in 1959 the town of Shamrock decided they needed a little luck (or a small tourist draw…) and they picked up a piece of the famous Blarney Stone. They encased it in concrete, but left it kissable! So we did. And I didn’t catch the plague like I thought I might. But I wouldn’t […]

A Day at the Dallas Zoo

Winter in Texas is crazy. Here I am on Monday, completely iced in my house. The temperature is 25 degrees, and I’m not even attempting to venture out. Thursday we went to the Dallas Zoo. It was in the 60s and absolutely beautiful. The Dallas Zoo understands this and tries to use it to their […]