Travel on the Side


Late April morning…nice time for stroll in downtown Milwaukee. Went to the Milwaukee Public Market to sample some foods and then went for a walk along the Riverwalk.

I like to get outdoors…but in Winter? Ehhh. I tend to hibernate. Although I just did get some cross-country skis. I better get out and explore when the snow starts flying.

Driving along Indiana State Road 8 in DeKalb County near Garrett, you come across the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In movie theatre. These places are vanishing. I was glad to see this one still in operation.

The winter temps weren’t too cold so I ventured out for a winter hike at the Bubolz Nature Preserve in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, near Appleton. The trails weren’t crowded–in fact, I had them to myself.

Back from La Crosse, Wisconsin for a work conference. In the early morning I took a walk along the Mississippi River. Later that evening, I had a nice walk through the downtown area. Wish I had more time to explore!

Took a daytrip to the Mitchell Domes – a botanical conservatory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lots of great plants and flowers to see. They were running a Don Quixote themed exhibit when we visited. Check out some photos below.

I have many good memories of visiting Tahquamenon Falls, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I remember racing my dad up and down the wooden steps and then being mesmerized by the power of the falls. We visited when I was kid and again as a teenager. This was my first trip back since the mid-1990s. Tahquamenon Falls actually consists of an upper falls and lower falls, both housed within the… Read More

Had a three-day weekend, so we drove up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to do some hiking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I hate it when people say the U.P. of Michigan is “empty.” Yeah it may not have loads of chain restaurants and parking lots, but it’s full of natural beauty and endless outdoor adventures. We made Munising our home base. Pictured Rocks is spread out across the Lake Superior… Read More

After Labor Day, the crowds in Door County, Wisconsin (aka the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”) begin to thin out. It’s a great time to visit. Door County is one of my favorite places: hundreds of miles of shoreline, great parks, and lots of things to do! We headed first to one of my favorite outdoor places, Cave Point County Park, on the lakeside. After that it was to the village of… Read More

The Wiouwash State Trail in Wisconsin (the name is taken from the four counties it traverses: Winnebago, Outagmie, Waupaca, and Shawano) consists of two segments. I bike and hike on the southern segment in Outagamie and Winnebago counties, near Appleton. The trail here runs for 22 miles. A former railroad bed, it’s a nice, rural trail to explore and perfect for hiking and biking.